Book Review

The Choice – A Book Review

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I read this book for the first time at least 4 – 5 years ago. I had loved the book at that time, but still felt that the book was a bit heavy for my liking and understanding.

Over the next four years my understanding of the subject increased, and I had made my mind to revisit this book some day.

A couple of months back, the book “The Goal” was released in Marathi language in the cities of Pune and Mumbai. During the book launch at Pune, I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt’s children, Rami Goldratt and Efrat Goldratt-Ashlag. Apart from the book launch ceremony, there were beautiful presentations from Rami (What we can learn from History – related to Inertia) and Efrat (Layers of Resistance to Change).

That day I had made my mind, that the next book I read would be “The Choice” written by Eliyahu Goldratt and co-authored by Efrat.

A beautiful book that explains about different solutions of TOC and more importantly, about the Thinking Processes and how to bring clarity in thinking. The book is written in Question – Answer format in which Efrat asks her father some questions, to which her father, Eliyahu, shows her the direction in which she can find an answer, again in form of other thought provoking questions, in a Socratic approach; and the way Efrat understands the answers to the question she was asking by following a well led path, which forms the gist or soul of Theory of Constraints.

A must read book for TOC enthusiasts…

Book Details

Title: The Choice
Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt
My Rating: 5 Stars
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Book Review

The Shadow Lines – A Book Review

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This is the second book written by Amitav Ghosh that I have read.

I didn’t like The Circle of Reason, which was the first book that Amitav had written and the first book of Amitav that I had read. But still I had high hopes about this book. The novel had earned Amitav the 1989 Sahitya Akademi Award.

Well, it is a beautiful novel that takes is through the streets of India, Bangladesh and England. The story is told through eyes of a boy, who has tremendous respect for Tridip, his uncle, who tells him various stories. And through Tridip’s stories, the boy sees various counties, various cities, even different streets and localities. He takes all these experiences that Tridip had shared with him when he interacts with different people and visits the localities that Tridip had talked about.

While reading the book it feels like I (the reader) am the boy (narrator) of the story and Amitav (the author ) is Tridib telling stories of different places from Fulham to Dhaka and from Delhi to Calcutta, places that I would like to visit and see through your my eyes.
Amitav is a beautiful story teller and he doesn’t disappoint is with this beautiful novel.

Book Details

Title: The Shadow Lines
Author: Amitav Ghosh
My Rating: 4 Stars
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Book Review

The Lucifer Principle – A Book Review

The Lucifer Principle

I got my hands on this book through recommendation from a friend, because it’s his one of  the favourite books, and he thought I would like it as I like books of similar type. A book written after a thorough research covering various areas from genetic engineering to mythology to ancient civilizations to religious texts to scientific discoveries to industrial revolutions.

All the topics centre over the three main concepts – Superorganism, ideas, and the pecking order

A beautiful, informative and exciting book explaining the way man (woman, for that matter) behaves in a way he (she) does with proper reasons along with other examples of animals behaving in the same manner. Man, though an advance creature than the other primates like monkeys and langurs and chimpanzees and orangutans, still has animal instincts that will not go away.

A nice read indeed which gives you a different perspective at looking at things.

Book Details

Title: The Lucifer Principle
Author: Howard Bloom
My Rating: 4 Stars
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Book Review

Can You Teach A Zebra Some Algebra?

Can You Teach A Zebra Some Algebra

I received a copy of “Can You Teach A Zebra Some Algebra?” for free through Goodreads First Reads.

After finishing the intense “Mrityunjaya“, I wanted a small & easy book to read, and this book, or the title of this book caught my attention.

A very catchy title, and equally good book.

The author “Debashis Chatterjee” discusses our current education system and makes the reader think. Through his various examples, stories & anecdotes, and his great knowledge & experience he makes the reader realise where we as a society are moving. He not only reminds us our (system’s) faults, but gives the reader small implementable suggestions to improve and enrich his (reader’s) life, and the lives of others around him. The writing style is very lucid and small examples given by the author help in understanding the concept.

While reading the book, I was able to visualize a few of my teachers; some good, some bad, some orthodox and some unconventional, some boring and some radical.

This book has developed my love towards teaching; and in future, if I start teaching, the seeds would had surely been sown while I read this book.

This is a type of book that one should read once in a couple of years and then one should try to practice the things mentioned.

Overall a very good read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Some of the small stories will remain with me for a long long time.

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