Book Review

The Choice – A Book Review

the-choice

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 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

Shala – A Book Review

Shala

There is a story behind how I got this book.

I am in love with Kindle Paperwhite. I am in love with the idea of getting to read a book in a font I like. No need to use (waste) paper and print out copies after copies, thinking that all these will be sold one day. They may be using recycled paper for printing books, but still, isn’t there a better solution to this problem. Well Kindle was the answer to this.

But still, a string of thoughts were continuously pestering me. Why does Kindle not have Marathi as a language, Why don’t I see Marathi ebooks on Amazon, and why there is no Marathi thesaurus and dictionary in Kindle.

Just then, I received an email from Amazon that they were pleased to  offer me a Rs.250 promotion code to buy Kindle eBooks on Amazon. I wanted to put this Rs.250 to proper use. So I searched the site and came up with this Marathi book “Shala” written by Milind Bokil.

I wanted to see how a Marathi book looks & feels on my Kindle. So I downloaded the book after buying it. To my surprise, when this book arrived, I came to know that I had ordered an english translation of the book, by Vikrant Pande.

So, my dream of viewing a Marathi book on Kindle remained a dream.

I had seen a movie of the same name made on this book written by Milind Bokil. I had loved the movie, and so had great expectations from the book also. While reading, it was clear that Vikrant Pande had made word to word translation of the Marathi version.

Shala is a beautiful story of a group of children that study in class 9th. It’s a story of a young boy Mukund Joshi, his friends, and of Shirodkar – his love interest. It’s a beautifully written novel which takes you back to your school days, you just roll on the years gone by and you become a part of the story itself.

I was born after the emergency days, so I do not know how the  situation was, back then. I didn’t know about the atrocities (well atrocities is a wrong word) that were going on around that period to ensure that everyone behaves according to the set principles, and no one utters a word against those who governed the country.

We all had our own share of Paranjape Madams, Bendre Madams, Prem Chopras and Manjerakar Sirs, with whom we can relate.

And, Vikrant Pande ensures that even though he has translated the story in English, it doesn’t get odd. The words specific to Marathi language are kept as they are, and he has not translated them, just for the sake of translations.

The best part of the book is, it doesn’t matter whether you were like Mukund or Shirodkar, or Surya or Chitre or Phawdya, or Bibikar, or Mande or Ghasu Gokhale or Mirikar or any other character of the book during your school days; “Shala” remains your story.

Ichibhana, that’s the main reason, to read this book…

Book Details

Title: Shala
Author: Milind Bokil | Vikrant Pande
My Rating: 4 Stars
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Book Review

Necessary but not sufficient – A Book Review 

Necessary But Not Sufficient

Necessary But Not Sufficient

A beautiful book that tells a story of an ERP software company and the way it changes the business scenario with help of Theory Of Constraints.

I had heard the three rules of Dr Eliyahu Goldratt, about being paranoid and bring hysterical. This book tells us what is the real meaning of the phrase “being paranoid”.

With a good software, as a customer you can become equipped enough to get that cutting edge, but it is just a necessary condition. You can get the true benefit out of the software only when you change the underlying rules that were present before the software was installed. Just like the software removes the earlier limitation, the earlier rules that were required for the limitation need to be modified to get the real benefit out of the software. A thought provoking book, though not as beautiful as “The Goal” & “The Critical Chain”.

Nevertheless, a beautiful read for “Theory of Constraint” fans…

Book Details

Title: Necessary But Not Sufficient
AuthorEliyahu M. Goldratt
My Rating: 3 Stars
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The Fountainhead – A Book Review

The Fountainhead

This is one of the most brilliant books that I have read. After reading this and giving it 5 stars, I do feel that I might have rated earlier books a bit higher.

All the characters in the book, from Ellsworth Toohey, Peter Keating, Gail Wynand, Dominique Francon, to Howard Roark are beautifully developed by the author, Ayn Rand.

While reading the book, never had I thought that Ellsworth Toohey would be so vicious and would become so powerful that he will, by his sheer network and power bring the Banner to a standstill. Similarly, I couldn’t see myself feeling sad about Peter Keating’s or for that matter Gail Wynand’s condition at the close of novel.

Ellsworth Toohey was a master puppeteer selecting ordinary people in his circle, making them feel extraordinary, and in the process, draining them completely of whatever self confidence they had, and still instilling complete faith in him. The build up to the climax was totally brilliant.

A nice read, an edge of the seat thriller.

Book Details

Title: The Fountainhead
AuthorAyn Rand
My Rating: 5 Stars
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The Fortunate Pilgrim – A Book Review

A Fortunate Pilgrim

I had read somewhere that Mario Puzo himself considered this as his best work. Similarly, he used to be deeply hurt when people said that Godfather was his best work. He said that the seeds of Godfather was sown in this novel of his, “The Fortunate Pilgrim”.

So, with this background, I started reading this book. Having read and loved Godfather, my expectations from this book were very high.

I could relate and see why the author saw the seeds of Godfather were in this book. The decisions that Lucia Santa had to take in order to ensure that the Family is saved from all troubles, the way she pulled the plug on Frank Carbo in order to ensure that Family remains intact & the reason for a cold war between her and Gino make us remind of instances in Godfather. What more than the similarity between the transformation of Gino and that of Michael Corleone.

It is a pleasure to read this book, and a must read for lovers of Mario Puzo’s work.

Book Details

Title: The Fortunate Pilgrim
AuthorMario Puzo
My Rating: 4 Stars
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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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Mrityunjaya (मृत्यंजय) – A Book Review

Mrityunjay

It is by far the best book that I have read. The author has done a wonderful job of depicting the whole story thoroughly and to the point. A great story told in a beautiful fashion and entertaining way.

When I started reading the book, I was not really a fan of “Karna”. Being the son of “Sun” and having the gift of impenetrable “Kavach Kundala”, I thought it was easy for him to win every battle. The stand that he took during Draupadi’s “Vastra Haran” also made me dislike him.

Well, this dislike for “Karna” changed in just one moment. The moment when he took a stance to remain with “Kauravas” and not join the “Pandavas”. The way he explains his stance to “Shri Krishna”, made me realize what “Karna” is. Even the great “Shri Krishna”, who with his wit and knowledge made “Arjuna” ready for war to kill his relatives, was unable to persuade “Karna” from fighting from the “Kaurava” side against his own brothers.

Even when “Karna” was on his death bed, he made sure that an old man “a Yachaka” who wanted some money for the final rituals of his son, didn’t go empty handed. “Karna” justified by his behaviour that he was the best son of his birth mother “Kunti” and far better than the remaining five “Pandavas” put together.

The book is a tribute to a great person “Karna”.

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Ten Days – A Book Review

Ten Days

I received a copy of Ten Days for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This book is a desi-crime-thriller that tells us a story of Tina, a young executive working in 24×365, a Call Centre.

The first flaw in the book is that many things happen and many characters are introduced in the first 50 pages. It is very difficult to keep link & understand who’s who & what’s what.

After the first 50 pages though, you get used to the authors’ style and then the next 150 odd pages become quite interesting.

Another thing that I thought that was unnecessarily put was moving the story from Delhi to Mumbai and back again, because nothing much happens in Mumbai (not even 4 pages are allocated to Mumbai). The same story could have been continued at an area close to Delhi.

Though the book suggests that this is a story of Tina, her character in the book is not developed to make her a protagonist. Not just Tina, but no other character is developed that way.

With all its shortcomings, it remains a good read. My only concern remains that it had a potential of being much better.

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