The Magicians: Book Review

I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!! I started with the TV show, but I’m glad I ended up reading the books. Anyone who wants a mature version of Harry Potter crossed with an abrasive adoption of the ‘Narnian’ world.   Unlike a lot of adventure fantasies, Lev Grossman, the author, in his books does not dwell on perfect…

Enderverse Book III, The Xenocide – Book Review

Similar to the second book in the Enderverse series, The Speaker for the Dead, this too is a meditative slow burn, but burn it does! First things first, this is not a standalone read, so if you want to read this book I highly recommend reading the first two, or the least the second one. …

Book Review, Enderverse Book II: The Speaker for the Dead

Before I get into the review, I wanted to mention the story behind how this book came into existence. Now, back to the Speaker for the Dead. This book is remarkably different from the first one in the sense that while the first one focuses a lot on the action and adventure the second book…

The Total Money Makeover: Book Review

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey is simple but brilliant! That summarizes what I have to say, however, I urge you to read on. This is not a new book, it’s been around for a while, but I feel that with the culture of consumerism that we live in today, the book is only…

My Death

When I die, I’d want it to be on a convenient day. Preferably in the afternoon; mid-afternoon would be golden. I’d hate to die on a weekday and have people leave office in the middle of the day on the account my death. I hate when that happens. Leaves are precious and not to be…

The Path That Goes Inward

Bowing my head in shame, I walk the path that takes me inward. Rage is lost on my own follies, The path ahead is still unclear. The frailty of my courage swells unabated, Smothering any hope, dismantling my dreams. Torpidity is my bane, Weighing down my fortitude. The fire within dims, the darkness inches closer….

What A World Have We Built? What Have We Made?

This battle will pass, so will the next one, but what about the war within? Are you even fighting the right battles? Or are you simply keeping yourself occupied in these myriad skirmishes? Each worry is a battle, born from expectations -sometimes inflicted, sometimes imposed. There is an end to how many battles you can…

Why Your Work Is Making You Unhappy

I’ve had all of the above! Does this mean you’re lazy? Not ambitious? Incompetent? Untalented? Inept? No, it just means you’re human. It’s not work that we hate, its the nature thereof. Human beings were never supposed to work the way we do today – 8 to 10 hours a day, staring at a screen,…

Defining Yourself

Life isn’t a circle, there is a definite beginning and a definitive end, what is eternal is the difference you make – cheesy, but true. What you can do is independent of what era you are born in, what race, caste, creed you land up in. Where you land is not in your hands –…

The Monkey Brain & the Human Spirit

Everyone in psychology talks about the two brains that drive our actions -behavioral economics talks about the system 1 (active) and system 2 (passive), Switch (Chip and Dan Heath) talks about the elephant (emotion) and the rider (logic), A whole new mind (Daniel Pink) talks about the creative and critical thinking brains. The left and the…

Writing a wordpress blog on the mobile

I have been intermittently blogging for about 6-7 years now. Currently, I run two blogs – this one where I write whatever I feel like writing and the other which is more serious and dedicated to my domain of work – design thinking, innovation, change and behavioral economics. I have been writing for a lot…