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Hey There! You have arrived in my personal digital library. Here you will find the books I’ve read and reviewed on goodreads.

cover image of book Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

A short, good book on how to do creative work.

cover image of book Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog

Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog

When I was in school, on our annual day, students who'd performed well in their classes would get books as awards. I did not realize it then, but it was the best thing you could give to children. I received a copy of this book , and could not put it down once I'd started reading it. The book's humor is timeless, and the description of the journey of 3 men in a boat through the river Thames is as picturesque as it could be. As I was rereading this book, I couldn't help but smile and laugh at the well written humor. Some of the UK's intricacies and boating related scenes were difficult to visualize but nothing that a quick google search won't help.

Sep 2020
cover image of book Hell Yeah or No: what's worth doing

Hell Yeah or No: what's worth doing

This book, as the author says is a collection of succinct ideas. These ideas can be applied to various facets of life and depend on how you interpret them. The things written in this book might linger on at the back of your mind, as you retrospect and realign your thought processes. This is the kind of book that warrants a reread from time to time, and I am planning to do the same.

Aug 2020
cover image of book The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work

The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work

This is a very interesting book, and you feel like you're a part of the story the author is narrating. I am intrigued about the idea of remote work for a very long time, and if remote work is executed like Automattic has been doing in the last decade, it really can become the future of work.

I was impressed with the caliber demonstrated by the author while being a manager at Automattic, and the book is full of wonderful lessons that can be applied in your personal/professional life.

As the book draws to a close, the author talks about how work in the modern era might not be psychologically fulfilling and a better work culture might solve this. This struck a chord with me, as I'm more than often concerned with the "meaning" of work but as the author says, work and play might not need to be mutually exclusive.

Aug 2020
cover image of book निठल्ले की डायरी

निठल्ले की डायरी

व्यंग लेखन पड़ने का मुझे बचपन से ही शौक़ हैं। हिंदी अख़बार के सम्पादकीय पृष्ट पर जो व्यंग आता है उसे मैं काफ़ी पसंद करता हूँ।
हिंदी साहित्य में मेरी रुचि के दोबारा जागृत होने के कारण मैंने परसाई जी की इस किताब को पड़ने का निश्चय किया।

यह किताब परसाई जी द्वारा रचित व्यंग कहानियो का संग्रह हैं। इन कहानियो के द्वारा जो इन्होंने समाज के बारे में कहा वह बातें आज के सामाजिक स्वरूप में भी मान्य हैं।

परसाई सामाजिक कुरितियो के बारे में इतने सलीके से लिखते है की हर कुछ पंक्तियो बाद चेहरे पर हंसी की चमक छा जाती हैं।

परसाई जी की कहानियो में जिझकपन कही नहीं है। वह अपनी बातें खुलकर कहते है। यह कहानिया चेहरे पर मुस्कान के साथ-साथ दिल में टीस भी छोड़ जाती है यह याद दिलाते हुए की सामाजिक एवं राजनीतिक परिदृश्य में तर्क का समावेश होना अभी भी शायद रहता हैं।

I am very fond of reading (Hindi) satire since my childhood. I thoroughly enjoy the satire section that is a part of the editorial in Hindi newspapers. Recently, my interest in Hindi literature was re-ignited, so I decided to read this book.

This book is a collection of satirical stories written by Harishankar Parsai. The things about society that the author has expressed through this book are relevant even today.

The author writes about social edictions in such a subtle way that leaves a smile on your face after reading a few lines.

In the stories, the author does not exhibit reluctance to say things clearly. The stories, apart from leaving a smile on your face also leave a sting on the heart suggesting that even after all this time, the inclusion of logic in socio-political context is yet to be seen!

Jun 2020
cover image of book The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time

The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time

The book starts out really great with the intriguing story of the utter genius that the google founders possessed and the kind of hard work they did through which they turned a wild thought to the money making machine that google today has become.

Google’s keen focus for innovation and the brilliant business acumen of the founders fascinated me a lot.

The chapter on how google hired a chef via a competition to help make healthy food for google employees was the one that I enjoyed a lot.

The middle sections of the book turn a little boring in my opinion.

The book’s ending is also abrupt and thus the book does not feel complete.

An average read.

Feb 2020
cover image of book When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air

What is born must die one day.
What is a memory must vanish one day.
Whatever is today must cease tomorrow.

What is the meaning of life then?

Paul's death teaches you a lot about life itself.
Through this book, I feel like he wants to tell us, he might have had an early death but even in that short period of time, he affected the lives of those around him deeply.

Paul might have gone, but he lives on forever as a memory.

Death is coming for all of us, so let's make use of this life of ours to have a meaningful impact.

Maybe then, even we won't really die when our breath becomes air.

Dec 2019
cover image of book Modern Web Development on the JAMstack

Modern Web Development on the JAMstack

This book was a really good introduction to the ideology behind the Jamstack. The book is well written and to the point. The case study on how Smashing Magazine migrated its legacy blog to a modern Jamstack static site has a lot of things to ponder upon. A good book on the subject!

Nov 2019
cover image of book The Beauty of All My Days: A Memoir

The Beauty of All My Days: A Memoir

This was a nice book overall. Reading Ruskin's memoirs reminded me of similar times in my own life that I thought I had long forgotten. There seems to be a fine touch of humour in the book and I was often smiling and laughing as I turned the pages. The various photos spread out throughout the book from events in Ruskin's life are also delightful and you can not help but wonder how fast time progresses.

Nov 2019
cover image of book Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker

This was a really interesting book, one of those which I read in a really short time because I was always wondering what would happen next. It had all the elements of a detective story but what made it more interesting was that the events described were in fact real. Although the methodologies used by Mitnick in his early days is a bit difficult to wrap around your head so the book might sound a bit boring in those sections. In other thoughts, A whole government rallying together to see behind bars someone who meant no harm and did hacking only to tickle his curiosity is scary. Reminds of the poor fate of Aaron Shwartz and Ross Ulbricht.

Oct 2019
cover image of book Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the Shore

This book is beautiful in the way that it makes you think and imagine. When you're reading this book, you see the world through Kafka's eyes, you feel like You're Nakata, trying to navigate through this confusing world. The imagery is beautiful. The middle sections of a book are a little weird and the story can get convoluted and is difficult to comprehend but the narration as the book draws to its conclusion is beautiful.

cover image of book Remember the Roses

Remember the Roses

Today as I read this story, It is as hauntingly beautiful as it was when I read it sometime around 2013, when it was in a collection of short stories in our prescribed textbooks in 10th Grade.

cover image of book The Room on the Roof

The Room on the Roof

The Room on the Roof has always been something of nostalgic memory for me, as I read it back when I was in School. After all these years, as I reread it, All of the magic is still there. The beautiful streets of dehra, the delicacies of the Chaat shop, the beauty of Meena, and The heartache when the book draws to a conclusion.

Mar 2019
cover image of book Simple Genius (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #3)

Simple Genius (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #3)

Dec 2018
cover image of book Rage of Angels

Rage of Angels

Dec 2018