2013 – Book Reading Challenge – Book 1/15

I signed up for the 2013 Reading challenge in GoodReads with a target of 15 books this year. Considering that I picked up reading fairly recently, this was very optimistic for me. I am glad that I was able able to complete the challenge. Some of the books that I read were technical and could not be found in GoodReads. Excluding them, the list of the books that I read can be found by clicking this link.

Here is my personal opinion of the books that I have read – one post at a time. Remember, opinions are like a-holes. Everybody has one. So before you pounce on me about my post, doubting my eligibility, I would like to remind that this is purely my opinion & my thoughts. 🙂 The books are in the order in which I added them to the list in Goodreads.

Book 1: The Oath of the Vayuputras by Amish Tripathi

 

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This is the final part of the amazing Shiva Trilogy. I was eagerly waiting for this final part of the series. The first two parts ‘The Immortals of Meluha’ and ‘The Sercret of the Nagas’ were mind-blowing. It gave a different perspective of the mythological stories that we have heard and grew up with. I chose the first book as a complete random act; I bought it because I liked the cover. After I finished reading ‘The Immortals of Meluha’ I started doubting the cliché ‘Don’t judge the book by its cover’. I borrowed ‘The Secret of the Nagas’ from my friend with a lot of expectations and the book exceeded them. Amazing pace and un-put-downable.

‘The Oath of the Vayuputras’ is the final book of the series and the longest of the three by a small margin. I just love the way author has taken the story forward and linked various stories and concepts. Although the pace of the story fizzles out in the end and the end was not received well by lots of fans, the book is a must read. The author has sprinkled philosophy throughout the book and surprisingly, it is not boring at all.
I am sure that after reading these books many people would have become the ardent follower of Lord Shiva. This books does total justice in elevating the character of Shiva to a Superstar, uber cool God.The author has hinted that he might be writing about Mahabharatha next and I am eagerly waiting for it.

 

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Opinion: Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School

I picked up this book for two reasons: 1) I started hearing about Sir Richard Branson very frequently 2) The tagline ‘Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School’ was appealing.

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This book is a collection of all the articles and the Q&A by Sir Branson published at different times.

I have to agree that the book was entertaining and a good account of Sir Branson’s life trail. It gave me an idea of the personality of Sir Branson. He is different than the usual entrepreneurs and unique in the way he runs the business. He is never afraid of taking risks and admitting failures and calling it quits when an initiative fails. He is also humorous and ambitious.

While there are lot of useful information and interesting anecdotes, as the chapters passed by, they became repetitive. At the end, I felt like reading a pitching manual of Virgin group of companies rather than a book of business strategies.  I wouldn’t have complained if not for the tagline “Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School”.

This book gave an overview of all of the virgin groups and I will take a while before reading any other book by Branson. But that said, there was a style about Sir Branson that couldn’t be denied.