Venkat

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Date registered: October 2, 2011

Biography

maniacal penchant for books, more books, still more books and lot more books - When I am not watching cricket that is! Love my Scotch and scribble for fun!

Latest posts

  1. Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford — February 18, 2018
  2. How Will You Measure Your Life? – Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon — February 18, 2018
  3. Smarter, Faster, Better – Charles Duhigg — February 18, 2018
  4. THE ONLY STORY – JULIAN BARNES — February 18, 2018
  5. The Proust Questionnaire – A Personal Effort — February 14, 2018

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Feb 18

Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford

messy-hb-us

Tim Harford’s books are counter intuitive, provocative, contrarian, refreshing and most importantly sheer fun to read. “Messy” is no exception. In this engaging work, Harford demonstrates how people fight against, survive and thrive by bucking the trend of a world obsessed by the rigours of tidiness, structure, norms and conventions. Going beyond mere aesthetics and …

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Feb 18

How Will You Measure Your Life? – Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon

Measuring Life

This short but powerfully influential book has the potential to not only spur the reader towards bouts of engaging introspection, but also to steer the course of key and critical decisions which one otherwise would be prone to exercise – sans much judiciousness – in both his/her personal and professional lives. Whether it be a …

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Feb 18

Smarter, Faster, Better – Charles Duhigg

Smarter Faster Better

    The author of the bestselling “The Power of Habit”, once again returns to a dissection of his favourite sphere of professional interest. In “Smarter Faster Better….” (The Book”), Charles Duhigg attempts to analyse the inspirations, insights and intuitions under girding the essence of Productivity. In other words, Duhigg explores the myths, methods and …

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Feb 18

THE ONLY STORY – JULIAN BARNES

The Only Story

Reading “The Only Story” by Julian Barnes is akin to setting out random thoughts on paper after ingesting a couple (or more) of high quality alcohol. The state of mind is not (yet) impaired by the beast of inebriation but is just alert and carefree enough to induce a flow of feelings and a rich …

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Feb 14

The Proust Questionnaire – A Personal Effort

Marcel Proust

 I finally steeled myself in taking a stab at the much renowned, revered and referred “Proust Questionnaire”. Suffice it to say the experience was extremely enervating while simultaneously lending an electric sense of excitement. I have attempted to be as candid and transparent as my conscience would permit. So here goes!  1.What is your idea …

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Feb 10

WHY DO I WRITE WHEN I AM DRUNK?

Whiskey

I always try setting out random thoughts on paper after ingesting a couple (or more) swigs of high quality alcohol. The mind is not (yet) impaired by the beast of inebriation but is just alert but carefree enough to perpetrate a flow of feelings and induce a rich vein of emotions that reek of uncanny …

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Jan 31

The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal

Heart by Maylis De Kerangal

In this where A.J.Cronin-meets-Sebastian Faulks-meets-Atul Gawande, Ms.Maylis De Kerangal reaches her apogee of narration and imagination. This is a book which will poleaxe, pummel and pulverise you and yet leaving you craving for more once the covers have come down. Easily one of the best books to have been published in 2017, “The Heart” is …

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Jan 04

The Illusory Loom

Why does the obstinate heart fail to understand? That there is no magic ticket to any promised land On barren patches of soil, roses never bloom Fabrics of fascinating dreams become the mere products of an illusory loom   Patterns of complex emotions as they abruptly manifest Alternating between uncontrolled angst and infinite jest Knowingly …

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Jan 01

10 Literary Discoveries of 2017

michel

As 2017 ends, it is time to take stock of some new literary discoveries. So here goes the list of 10 authors discovering whose works gave me immense satisfaction: 1. Michel Houllevecq Reading this author has been a cathartic experience. Where Kundera-meets-Harold Robbins.        He gives one        the courage to …

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Dec 26

DROWNING CRUCIBLE OF HUMANITY

A rudderless boat caught in a gale storm with no shore in sight Leaving the boatman to rant and rue over his dire plight Trying to flee misfortune only to land in calamity’s hands The soul desperately struggles to hold onto faith’s last strands.   Every gleam of light is but a laughing mirage of …

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