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Zero to One


'Zero to One' is the first book on my 2017 reading list. I have heard rave reviews of Peter Thiel's bestseller over the last two years, but for some odd reason, I never came around to reading it. Well, better late than never, I have finally got my hands on this one. One of the co-founders of PayPal and a successful venture capitalist, Peter Thiel, admittedly, put together the notes from his lectures for Stanford University students and worked them up into this book... Full review soon



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No Place to Hide
Glenn Greenwald's 'No Place to Hide' is as audacious a book as it is nerve-racking. Largely a commentary on Snowden's revelations of the NSA's malpractices and the crumbling state of American journalism, 'No Place to Hide' shines an ugly spotlight on the devastating consequences of a state's paranoid obsession with its security apparatus. It underlines how in the name of national security, a government can perpetrate a vast concoction against its own people. My initial impression of 'No Place to Hide' was of a literary ode to 'Edward Snowden', but, much to my satisfaction, it turned out to be much more than that... Read the full review 


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Sharapova is the latest addition to the Hall of Shame, but, she won't be the last


 What drives top sports stars, celebrities and others of their ilk over the edge of morality? Why do they go astray even when an army of fans puts them on a pedestal and treats them like demigods? Is it the frantic weight of expectations and an ever lurking fear of losing the top-dog status? Is it pure greed for money, power and fame? Or is it plain stupidity veiled in the garb of hubris? Frankly, I don't know, but the latter doesn't sound all that illogical...Continue reading



 My 2016 Book List


At the start of a new year, I sit down and decide the kind of books I am going to read in that year. Admittedly, my decision on which book to read next is never random and is mostly based on the genre or the subject that has held my imagination of late or the one which I think contributes to my future development. For instance, last year, I read an eclectic mix ranging from behavioral psychology, marketing and personal finance to mathematics and philosophy. In 2016, however, I've decided to read up more on the sports / survival genre along with history, philosophy and science; pure management and business literature is something I might not look at this year....Continue reading