Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
What happens to the body as we age, the transformation of old age care, geriatrics , hospice care, the transformation of society from a joint family system to a nuclear family set up, more elderly people living alone, the troubles they face, why taking care of sick or terminally ill people at home is better, what is the point at which medical intervention should stop and nature allowed to take its course ? a very interesting thought provoking book. I see it more relevant for indian context because the social network that existed in my grandmothers time ( when we took care of her at home during her last days with doctor visits and help from family members) is no longer around and no longer feasible too…
Verdict: Must Read
For a long time, I thought of myself as Shy till my friends told me that I talk well with people I know or on subjects that I know. I realized later that I am what people call as Introvert . And unfortunately for Introverts, we all live in a world where the quiet, serious and less talkative are overlooked in terms of the more open, talkative and loud types.
The book is highly recommended and a must read if you are interested in people or work with people.
Mindset by Carol Dweck
Failure is looked upon as an inability or shortcoming of the potential and not as a means to learn something new and extend one’s ability. The other mindset is growth. People with this mindset believe that they can improve and look at failures as opportunities to learn rather. This is not to say that the mindset alone is enough. Planning and working to achieve the goals or targets set is important.
Some kids are smarter than others. When there is too much focus on the results of the performances, the kids mindset becomes Fixed as they are under pressure to confirm to a certain image and there by impacting their growth. for e.g. Ms Dweck suggests that Parents should get kids to focus on putting in the best effort and not worry too much about the results. Praise and focus should be on the effort put in and not on the results.
I have taken notes while reading the book and hope to write a separate post about the book.
Verdict: Must Read
H for Hawk by Helen MacDonald.
A woman and the story of how she overcomes the sudden death of her beloved father with the help of Falconry. The English landscape, the archaic languge that is unique to falconry, an author whose memoirs of failed experiments with falconry that weren’t meant to be published, but got published - all these have come together beautifully in this book. The prose is delectable and have never enjoyed a book for the language used this much in recent times.
Verdict: Must Read , if you are interested in knowing the potential of Blockchain and potential areas of implementation. click here to read the report
Read from my son's Library
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Articles worth a mention
- Intellectual Yet Idiot by Nicholas Taleb -
- The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority - by Nicholas Taleb
- Stop Selling Maths for its usefulness
- Hacker Proof Code
- How to read a book a week
- Self-Refinement Through the Wisdom of the Ages: New Year’s Resolutions from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds
- A Conductor of Evolution’s Subtle Symphony
- The Broken Window Fallacy and "Blessings" of Destruction in the Real World
Books referred to or went back for selective reading
Books started and hopefully should be completed in 2017 :-)