This is not the end of the book

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Book review of 'This is not the end of the book'. Jean Phillippe de Tonnac, the famous French novelist, facilitates a freewheeling chat between two bibliophiles: Umberto Eco, the late Italian literary maestro and Jean-Claude Carrière, the legendary French writer and academy award honoree.

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Makers and Takers: How Wall Street Destroyed Main Street

Nine years have gone by since the financial crisis of 2008 but its spectre still looms large over the world. The US government's half-baked approach to plug the systemic loopholes didn't make post-crisis era any better. The Dodd-Frank reforms did raise a few barriers, but they were not high enough to hold the financial wizards … Continue reading Makers and Takers: How Wall Street Destroyed Main Street

No Place to Hide

“I want to spark a worldwide debate about privacy, Internet freedom and the dangers of state surveillance. I am not afraid of what will happen to me…The only thing I can’t live with is knowing I did nothing.” - Edward Snowden Glenn Greenwald's 'No Place to Hide' is as audacious a book as it is nerve-racking. … Continue reading No Place to Hide

The 80/20 Principle

Ginger Rogers - the Academy award winning actress - had once famously quipped – “Stand for something or you will fall for anything.” Despite the fact that Ginger’s context was entirely different from Pareto’s, I could always relate the two. I was introduced to the concept of Pareto’s 80/20 Law in my B-School. I found … Continue reading The 80/20 Principle

Rock Bottom to Rock Star

A genuine fiesta for the mind How is 'Rock Bottom to Rock Star' different from heaps of startup literature out there in the market? First, it is not a typical how-to book on entrepreneurship, it goes well beyond that. Second, Ryan Blair is not your garden variety author. From being a gang member to running … Continue reading Rock Bottom to Rock Star

The Art of Social Media

I will say this about Guy Kawasaki's 'The Art of Social Media': It is the best primer to get kicking on social media. Somehow, I never came around to reading any of Guy Kawasaki's previous books. For the uninitiated (if there are any), Guy is a leading authority on social media, a pioneer of blogging … Continue reading The Art of Social Media