Books, classics, Essay

Depression and The Yellow Wallpaper

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Before reading The Yellow Wallpaper I did not even know that a state of mind called Postpartum Depression exists. Wikipedia describes it better:

[…] is a type of clinical depression which can affect both sexes after childbirth. Symptoms may include sadness, low energy, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, reduced desire for sex, crying episodes, anxiety, and irritability. While many women experience self-limited, mild symptoms postpartum, postpartum depression should be suspected when symptoms are severe and have lasted over two weeks.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is written in 1892 as journal of a woman who failing to relish the joys of marriage and motherhood, is sentenced to a country and is forbid by her doctor and her husband to write. The novella can be regarded as the a autobiographical work of the author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman. She was a prominent figure during the first-wave feminist movement in the United States. Much of her life’s work was influenced by the experiences of her early life. [You can read the full review of The Yellow Wallpaper here].

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Books, Non-Fiction, notes

BOOK NOTES: Walden by Henry David Thoreau

My Rating: 4/5

  • Let us first be as simple and well as Nature ourselves, dispel the clouds which hang over our brows, and take up a little life into our pores. Do not stay to be an overseer of the poor, but endeavor to become one of the worthies of the world.
  • In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line.

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Books, classics, Non-Fiction, philosophy, Reviews

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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Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Fearless and Free by Wendy Sachs

Published by Amacom Books | My Rating: 4/5

Often these days we see books with catchy covers that are entitled to one half of our species. Then many of us from the other half disown the notion of reading that book even though we know that it will do good to us, we will gather some better thoughts for our intellectual and conscience from that book. There isn’t any gender gap at start when we are naive. It’s a seed sown inside our heads. This is what we teach and preach from then on and that’s how our children begin to differ. And then it becomes a problem.

Both women and men are human beings. One species! How can someone differentiate between the workings of the two? I tell you to disown the “disowning notion” right now. Start it today. Start by reading some books like Wendy Sachs’s Fearless and Free: How Smart Women pivot & relaunch their careers.

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Books, Non-Fiction, notes

BOOK NOTES: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

My Rating: 5/5

These notes include Books Recommended to Tim over his interviews with various people. Do take a look in those books, you might find something useful and that you haven’t read before.

  • Questions are your pickaxes and competitive advantage.
  • Borrow liberally, combine uniquely, and create your own bespoke blueprint.
  • Very often, “our” beliefs are not our own.
  • The superheroes you have in your mind (idols, icons, titans, billionaires, etc.) are nearly all walking flaws who’ve maximized 1 or 2 strengths.
  • Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
  • Everyone struggles. Take solace in that.
  • “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” —Lao Tzu
  • “The rule is: The basics are the basics, and you can’t beat the basics.”
  • take phosphatidylserine and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). For me, this also has a noticeable impact on lowering anxiety the following day.
  • 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute by Richard Wiseman (for stress reduction)
  • The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller
  • when you’re a leader, people are going to mimic your behavior, at a minimum. . . . It’s a guarantee. So here’s the key piece of advice, this is all he said:
  • ‘Calm is contagious.’”

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5 Stars, Books, Business, Non-Fiction, philosophy

BOOK REVIEW: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

My Rating: 5/5

My Rating: 5/5

I introduced myself to Tim Ferriss last year when I randomly found a post on his blog in which he had interviewed Maria Popova. Actually, I was searching for Brain Picking’s Maria Popova’s interviews as she is such an inspiring blogging personality, the way she curate the content for every post is amazing and seems an example of a creative process, just right out of her imagination.You must check out Brain Pickings. Moreover, scan through Tim Ferriss’ blog which is called FourHourWorkWeek.com and got introduced to his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show [Podcast Link]. He has done an amazing job by taking more than hundred 60+ minute interviews with some of the successful and interesting people by digging deep into their “mind”, process of their workings, process of maintaining their bodies, listening to their suggestions and how do they motivate, inspire, live and do something that they love to do.

Tools of Titans is an enormous collection of bits and pieces of interviews that are available on his podcast and highlights the major theme of most of the interviews Tim has included in this book. The book is huge, exceeding 700 pages and is certainly not meant to be read all at once. It’s not Tolstoy’s War and Peace or David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest that you can read continuously without moving your body parts for next 7 to 10 days or so. Bear in mind, reading Tools of Titans will take more than that many days since it has a sheer amount of practical information to be processed by our mind. I’d recommend you to take your time with each interview described by Tim, think over it, if there’s a book recommended in between as there are so some interesting book recommendations, try to read few of them or at least do a little research on why the book is being recommended, what’s there inside and is the book for you? Then you can definitely add it to your TBR.

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Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins


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We are all capable of thinking creatively. Why? It gives better productivity, more satisfaction than the mediocre, and improves visualisation. Rod Judkins, the author of The Art of Creative Thinking, is a lecturer and an academic on the arts. But this certainly doesn’t mean one has to attend or get some modern education on attaining the creativity. There is no fountain of creativity to drink from.

On reading The Art of Creative Thinking, I observed from Chap 1, that Judkins knows what he is talking about. He quotes, he para-phrases, and he writes mostly about the obstacle one intends to face when suffering from lack of creativity and how to develop some cues and turn them into habits as you progress in your daily life. This is not a self help, or is concluded in that way, this is my conclusion. You can have yours once you are done with it. That’s why Judkins’ book is so special. It doesn’t conclude in a definitive manner and rather leave that part up to you. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins”

Books, classics, Fiction, Reviews

Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

There are very rare books, that earn the title of masterpiece from its reader. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one. This book, as we know, is one of the most acclaimed and successful book written. It’s their in the top of all the top book-lists. Written quite frankly and engrossing narration in first person by a six-year old-girl.

The book is set in a small town in Alabama, narrated by a small girl, Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch, who has a very short temper for a little girl. She has a brother, Jem, and an honest, liberal— father, Atticus Finch.

Atticus share strong relationship with his kids, a man of wisdom, and impartial to people of different opinions, preferences, and beliefs. Atticus advice her daughter, who has a rough first day at school, about being impartial and putting yourself in other people’s shoes:

If you can learn a simple trick, you’ll get around better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.

Atticus Finch displays admirable qualities such as being calm, virtuous, of moral parenting, and his philosophy of being liberal. These qualities do not have a territory of just being a parent but Atticus practices these qualities in his daily life of being a lawyer too. When he takes a case of involving a black man accused of raping a white girl, he and his children are repudiated by their neighbourhood. But Atticus is man of values, he is indifferent by this vexed conduct. Rather he focuses on bringing justice that is need in the Maycomb County. The case of a white man defending man grabs everyone’s attention and the battle of court becomes the attention till the day the justice is served in that court room. Well, the rest is for you to read. There is some unexpected turn waiting for you to explore and the noble representation of an idle human being.  Continue reading “Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams and Other Prose Writings by Sylvia Plath

Being endured by an obsession with Sylvia Plath, I had waited too long to get my hands on this book. This is book is interesting for a multitude of reasons. The main reason being it’s Sylvia Plath’s proses, not poems. Previously, I had read The Bell Jar and her Journals, and certainly I was more fascinated by her journals rather her only novel.

This collection of her proses, short stories and a few pieces from Cambridge notes which were sad but also enthralling, written in time and some published here and there while others not, starts with a Ted Hughes introduction. Continue reading “Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams and Other Prose Writings by Sylvia Plath”