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BOOK REVIEW: Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

First Published: 1938

Originally titled La Nausée and published in 1938, is Jean-Paul Sartre’s first novel and an exploration of his early thoughts and ideas on existentialism that are elaborated in his later works. This book even though comes under the category of fiction is a difficult one to review. Nevertheless, this is my attempt.

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BOOK REVIEW: Become What You Are by Alan Watts

Pages: 146, Kindle Edition

First Published on:  1955

Cover Rating: 4/5

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This not the first Alan Watts book I have read. To read this one, I made myself familiar with his writing and philosophy by reading his other books such as The Wisdom of Insecurity (on someone’s recommendation in past) and listening to his teachings in past few weeks. It’s important to know your subject in most cases. In this case, even if you aren’t familiar with Watts’ philosophy, I’d suggest you to go ahead. However, a bit of familiarity only embraces curiosity. The title is the essence of this book, might point to another domino piece in the self-help genre but I can assure you that this text which was first published in 1955 holds the same amount of value and wisdom today as it did back then.

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BOOK REVIEW: Demystifying Reincarnation by Chaitanya Charan

Pages:252, Paperback

Published: March 2017 by Fingerprint! Publishing

Cover Rating: 5/5

Are you looking for a spiritual read in from an easter philosophy point of view? Then do dive in this post and you might find something intriguing. Does the words reincarnation, and past life interest you? Do you believe in them? Chaitanya Charan’s latest book Demystifying Reincarnation puts a thoughtful point of view on aforementioned terms in the modern world.

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BOOK REVIEW: The True Language Of Love by Sean Azimov

Pages: 260
Published: May 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Cover Rating: 4/5

“Often we hope that tomorrow will be different… and only find tomorrow being the repetition of today! Do you ever wonder why? The answer is simple, if you don’t like what you are getting… then change what you are doing.”

Some writers have a way with words, they use them in such a way that any reader who reads that text will feel empowered by it. Such is Sean Azimov’s The True Language of Love, first volume in the series of the Book of Life.

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BOOK REVIEW: Beyond by Anmol Chawla

Published by Notion Press

334 Pages

Beyond: A Meaningful Journey by Anmol Chawla revolves around three youngsters and three middle-age men who are seeking answers to questions that have troubled the human mind since the brink of evolution. Coincidently, the nature strikes a disaster which leads them to a person who might know all the answers to their troubles. He is busy making social wealth by creating incredible social entrepreneurial systems. His strong intention unites them all, for one ultimate cause.

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Walden and Other Writings by Henry David Thoreau

My Rating: 4/5

 

Simplicity, Simplicity, Simplicity

This is a call for self-honesty and harmony with nature in the writings of Henry David Thoreau.

Walden was published in 1854 written during the reign of transcendentalists of which Thoreau was a central figure. Transcendental was a philosophical movement that was influenced by romanticism, Platonism and Kantian philosophy in which one must examine and analyse the reasoning process which governs the nature of experience. German philosopher Immanuel Kant developed the base idea for this movement.

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Why Ego is the Enemy and You can Make a Start to Defeat it

My Rating: 5/5

Words mean things, and when certain words are repeated in certain type of situations they change behaviour and can change the course of how we live. In the book Ego is the Enemy, when Ryan holiday speaks about ‘Ego’, he does not mean the Freudian definition. He is talking about ego in an informal way, the way we used it in our casual conversations. The ego he refers are the unhealthy belief in our own importance, our arrogance, and our self-centred ambition. That desire for recognition, and those excuses we make to ourselves. This is a crucial concept to understand if you are planning to read this book.

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Philippa Perry on Self Observation


How to be Sane by Philippa Perry is a short, and surprisingly a good book to read. This book is a part of The School of Life series which takes a different approach to introduce self-help genre, in an intelligent way.

Philippa Perry is psychotherapist and in her book she offers some pragmatic insight on observing one’s attitude, reactions or thought process. She argues that there are four cornerstones to being sane, to being conscious. Self-observation is one. She suggests, we should start with:

The ability to observe and listen to feelings and bodily sensations is essential to staying sane.

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Top Non Fiction Books I read in 2016 Part 2

Hola! Welcome back to “Read in 2016” series of posts. I am glad you read the first post in the series in which I suggest you Top Non-Fiction Books I read this year, irrespective of their publication date. As, in the previous post, I discussed by motive to come out with these book lists is that to make your TBR list for next year, a bit heavy. So, I hope you are ready for some more titles. If you haven’t read the post go and read it here.

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SENECA: On Shortness of Life

It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.

– Seneca

Human beings are master of not thinking rationally over the time. We live in denial of recognition [of our conscious time] which then leads to us being unproductive procrastinators and our frequency of fantasizing about the outcome of a situation “in a perfect” manner turns into something we want to forgetfully avoid it and further leads to passivity.

Distracting ourselves, as we cruise through our daily lives, in this manner is strictly equal to being absent from our selves. Roman philosopher Seneca wrote in an essay about 2,000 years ago: On Shortness of Life.

He writes:

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