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Books - I highly recommend

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Books I Love and Recommend

There are books I have really liked, and would recommend for those interested in topics ranging from technical, philosophical, spiritual, management, systems, self-help, life, etc. I am still building the list, so bookmark it for future updates.


Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance (Robert M Pirsig)

One of my most loved books. I bought the Kindle reader just so that this book was with me at all times. This book is a story of a father and son trip across the US on a motorcyle. While riding, the father (narrator) muses about craftsmanship, quality, life, motorcycles, our current education system, and many other topics. Every read of this book gives new insights. You won't believe this book was first published in 1974! It is truly timeless and has a cult following. #science #philosophy #quality #education #travel #craftsmanship


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Anti-Fragile (Nassim Taleb)

This book dives deep into the concept of Anti-fragility, i.e. systems which are the opposite of fragile -- get stronger with disorder & stress. Very fascinating! Once you understand the underlying principles of anti-fragile systems, one starts noticing their existence in many areas around us. A property of anti-fragile systems is that they sacrifice a small component for the protection of the whole -- for instance in body-building where you break down muscles under controlled stress and grow newer & stronger ones, or how horizontal-scaling strategy in a network of machines involves sacrifice of commodity hardware while making the whole system resilent. #nature #systems #science #organisations #resilence #scale #management #architecture


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Deep Work (Cal Newport)

A book that explains why in today's world the need for being able to focus deeply is important to truly master the complexity, technology and sciences around us. And how, paradoxically, the internet and our work environments are reducing our attention span (e.g open offices, app notifications, emails, chat, etc). An eye-opening book, with practical insight into building more focus for deep work, and for helping break out of distracting habits. #mastery #technology #selfhelp #internet #productivity #success #habits


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Sapiens (Yuval Noah Harari)

The history of human evolution and how various forces have played an important role in shaping what we today are, how we think, how we look, how we behave and where we likely will be in the future. Gripping movie-like writing, that makes you think! #history #evolution #humans #mindexpanding #psychology #society


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Shibumi (Trevanian)

Set in Japan, this is one of my favorite fictional novels with a good mix of philosophy, espionage, history and thrill. The leading character, Nicholai has a very interesting personality, as a warrior and Go master. Since I like the game of Go, the references to Go game strategy and life are quite insightful. #fiction #history #japan #gameOfGo #strategy #samurai #espionage


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21 Lessons for the 21st Century (Yuval Noah Harari)

A book you wish someone told you about earlier. Yuval tackles the most complex problems facing humanity in a manner that is easy to understand and helps provide you with a way to think about solving them. Each chapter covers a specific area like: Technology/AI/Ethics, Nationalism, Immigration, Terrorism, Justice, etc. A must read for those who are trying to make sense of the current political, ecological and social landscape. #world #currentAffairs #ethics #ai #refugeeCrisis #immigration #politics #society #religion


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Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World (Tracy Kidder)

The stunning life story of Dr. Paul Farmer, who dedicated his life to curing infectious disease across Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia. An inside look into his beliefs and method. Moving and inspiring, this book can make you question your own life purpose. This book also shows how one person has the power to "move the world". #medicine #haiti #publichealth #transformational #development #sacrifice #inspiring


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Don't lost out, work out (Rujuta Diwekar)

A practical, no-nonsense, wise book on health, nutrition & exercise by Rujuta -- especially for the Indian audience. #exercise #weightTraining #yoga #health #india


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Agile IT Organisation Design (Sriram Narayan)

Agility is not just for development teams. It is needed at an organisation level. Sriram has distilled practical advice on how companies need to be designed for becoming truly responsive and agile. A must read for mid/senior management. It will help you realise why you aren't likely reaping the benefits of "Agile". Also consider reading this seminal article on Product Thinking by Sriram. #management #agile #products #software #teams


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Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead (Laszlo Bock)

Written by a googler, on Google's people practices. The book covers various areas around Performance, Growth, Employee Engagement, Appraisals, etc -- and talks about their findings, experiments and data -- on what works! Indian software companies got borrow some advice from here, and truly differentiate themselves from their competition. #management #people #motivation #companies #performanceManagement


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How to fail at almost everything and still win big (Scott Adams)

From the creator of Dilbert, comes a no-nonsense and humorous life-advice. A great read, with practical tips on how to build your own career and how to not take things too seriously. A great book to gift! #growth #selfhelp #life #career #humor


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Team of Teams (General Stanley McChrystal)

In this powerful book, Gen Stan and his colleagues show how the challenges they faced in Iraq can be relevant to any leader. Through compelling examples, they demonstrate that the 'team of teams' strategy has worked everywhere from hospital emergency rooms to NASA and has the potential to transform organizations large and small. Software development is a complex field. And we need teams which are not just cross-functional and high performing within, but also across teams. This book is a great explanation of why and how -- team of teams. #management #agility #teams #people #craftsmanship #missions #army #terrorism


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Without Remorse (Tom Clancy)

Strong character. Emotional. Fast paced. Justice. All elements mixed well! Something super satisfying about this book. Easy read for action fiction lovers! #fiction #revenge #specialForces #gritty #action


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Atomic Habits (James Clear)

Take the smallest step that you can stick to, and then slowly build from there! An amazingly insightful book on how to build good habits and break bad ones. James Clear has taken a lot of world wisdom and packed into one book. A must read! You can also listen to an amazing interview of his: Interview with James Clear where he mentions quite a few of his insights on habits and introduces this book. #selfhelp #habits #discipline #health


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Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country (Bill Bryson)

This is a super funny take on Australia by the legendary Bill Bryson. Every page is funny. In this book Bill travels across the length and breadth of Australia and narrates hilarious (and dark) stories of life in the country. If you ever plan to visit Australia, or have already done that, you must read the book! It will leave you in splits! #travel #australia #humor #culture #humanity


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.... there are more. Will add them soon! Meanwhile, a related blog post I wrote: Recommended readings for mid/senior dev hires at ThoughtWorks.