In 2017, I started my voracious reading journey with the word “productivity” in mind. In my workflow, I wanted to be as productive as I could but later realise that it has its limitations. First limitation that I come across as I continued on my path as I found that there is a vast field and there are sub-niches that fall under that word. I had to make a decision on how will I benefit more in terms of productivity itself but more importantly having/developing that mindset? I came across 28 books throughout the year. Few were recommendations from people who share similar goals as mine and few were picks of my own.
Q. Hi Mr. Manoj Jain, and thank you for agreeing this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
By profession I am a businessman running my own export company, a business I started after I completed my studies at IIM Ahmedabad. I have always wanted to write and I finally made the plunge, writing during my business travels. Besides my business and travels, I keep busy with my ongoing psychology studies as well as learning Spanish. I believe that a person should constantly learn and grow oneself.
Published: October 2017
Cover Rating: 5/5
I have said this so many times on my blog, few Indian authors write about the ancient cultural knowledge that this diverse nation possess. Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala does that in his latest book, The Dravidian. Dravidians are an ancient tribe residing in South India since the age of mythical stories such as The Ramayana. What more interesting about this book is that it is a legal thriller.
Pages: 300, Paperback
Published: 2017 by Niyogi Books
Cover Rating: 3/5
Sci-Fi fans I have a new delight for you this time. Dr. Sami Ahmad Khan’s latest book that concerns with an extra-terrestrial race of reptiloids invasion of planet Earth. That too very much close to the place I currently live. (Brownie points to author for that). It is titled as Aliens in Delhi. Fascinating enough for me!
Q. Hi Jyotika, and thank you for agreeing this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Hi. A voracious reader, ardent writer, passionate teacher, movie buff, shopaholic, zealous dancer are few ways I would like to describe myself. I enjoy the simple pleasures of life and create value in every situation.
Pages: 624, Kindle Edition
Published: 21st November 2017, by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Cover Rating: 5/5 (hint: something is in symmetry, see carefully)
I get excited when I hear Tim Ferriss is going to release a new book. The guy knows what to write, or at least how to present information in terms of mere words. Last year, I spent 18 days on his Tools of Titans which came out in the month of December. I haven’t spent more than 15 days on Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Tim’s books tend to cover a vast amount of information that is not easy for a human brain to process. After putting my nose in his other books such as The 4 Hour Work Week and The 4 Hour Body earlier this year, I had a plan.
Pages: 112, Kindle Edition
Published: 2017 by Happy Self Publishing
Cover Rating: 3/5
The modernisation is leading to an increase in debt cycles of an individual. We have seen that in the last decade, and what may the future holds. This is the core foundation of Neeraj Deginal’s latest book Zero Debt: Break the Debt Cycle and Reclaim Your Life, a part memoir and other half of the book is full of some pragmatic advice.