Category Archive: Reviews

Mar 28

Harvard Business Review’s 10 Must Reads: On Managing Yourself

  Forests have fallen by writing books on topics centered around personal management and self improvement. A significant majority of them, especially the ones with gawky titles do not make much rational sense to me. I believe that one can learn and grow more by reading auto/biographies of business and political leaders than by reading …

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Dec 24

Best open education tools and tales in 2014

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A great Bengali polymath and noble prize winner in literature, Rabindranath Tagore, once said: “Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time”. With changing times, the systems and customs that govern our society should also change. Human beings are intrinsically curious. To quote Thomas Hobbes, an English philosopher, “Curiosity …

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Apr 04

School of open: making world a more creative and educated place

Every generation since the beginning of human existence has passed its value system, principles, methodologies, and skill sets on to the next generation. This passing on of information and culture has been followed by the development of a systematic approach to learning techniques. Formal structures were created throughout the world to learn and apply these skill …

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Jul 05

Book Review: Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft

  Here is the story of a man who has one of the most unusual business careers in the last century. Software, music, space,  sports or the complex (and exciting) world of human brain, Paul Allen has made a mark and a lasting contribution in each of these fields. Idea man is a point-blank memoir …

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Jan 07

Resolutions and 2013 reading list…

Resolutions are here to stay I have a consistent track record of “not” following all my new year resolutions through to successful completion. Since 2009, when I first initiated this annual review of the elapsed year and setting goals for the year ahead, there has not been a single year when this resolution strategy has worked to …

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Sep 14

Book review: The Business of Software by Michael A. Cusumano

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A Sloan management review distinguished professor at MIT’s Sloan school of management, Michael A. Cusumano is a leading expert on software industry, director/adviser to more than a dozen software companies world wide, and a renowned author. He is author/co-author of seven books (besides The business of software) including the bestsellers Microsoft secrets and Japan’s software …

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Sep 03

Book Review: The $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau

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I have been following Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity blog since a couple of months now as part of my interest and curiosity to study entrepreneurship and various business models. Most of the books I have come across discuss (and sometimes at painful lengths ) about the long business plans, formal training, huge capital, etc, a person needs …

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Aug 10

Book Review: REWORK

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Truly unconventional. REWORK is in the league of those extraordinary books that blows away the traditional pillars of the business world. Written by Jason Fried, the co-founder of the web application company 37Signals and David Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails web framework (who is also partner at 37Signals), the book rewrites the rules …

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Aug 02

Book review: Leaving Microsoft to change the world: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children

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I usually do not read business books with gawky titles. The kind of titles that serve little more than just quenching an author’s ego. Leaving Microsoft to change the world, however, was an entirely different case. I knew about John Wood’s Room to Read organization and had strong recommendations from a couple of friends to …

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Feb 14

Review: Instapaper

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There is no bigger (and greater) source of information than the web. However, this vastness  of information and articles can sometimes make  it a terrible place to quench your reading desires . Content is hidden behind the richness of web pages which can be distracting at times. Add to that an everlasting shortage of time …

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