This is the word cloud of the books I have read in 2019.

Here’s the list of the books.

  • Atomic habits by James Clear
  • My India by Jim Corbett 
  • Scale by Geoffrey West (A)
  • The happiness equation by Neil Parsricha
  • Think like Sherlock by Peter Hollins
  • Science of likability by Patrick king
  • Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Alchemy of air by Thomas Hager
  • E=mc2 by David Bodanis
  • The secrets of happy families by Bruce Fieler
  • Wine by Rod Philips
  • The ghost map by Stephen Johnson
  • No one at the wheels by Sam Schwartz
  • Digital minimalism by Cal Newport
  • Farsighted by Stephen Johnson
  • Skin in the game by Nassim Nicolas Taleb
  • Gold by Mathew Hart
  • India conquered by Jon Wilson
  • When by Daniel H Pink
  • What Adam Smith can teach you Russ Robert
  • Science of food by Marty Jobson
  • The flight attendant by Chris Bohjalian (F)
  • Power of moments by Dan and Chip Heath
  • Spy school by Stuart Gibbs (F)
  • The memory code by L Kelly 
  • Fibre by Susan Crowford
  • An appetite for wonder by Richard Dawkins
  • How to have a good day by Caroline Web
  • The perfect bet by Adam Kucharski
  • The inmitibale Jeeves by P G Wood house (F)
  • The neuroscience of mindfulness by Stan Rodski
  • Humble pie by Matt Parker
  • The doomsday machine by Michale Lewis
  • Humans a brief history of how we f*cked it all up -Tom Philips
  • The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing by Michael J. Mauboussin
  • The ape that understood the universe by Steve Stuart Williams (A)
  • The Little Book of String Theory by Steven Scott Gubser
  • Creating the Twentieth Century: Technical Innovations of 1867-1914 and Their Lasting Impact by Vaclav Smil
  • The passengers by John Marrs(F)
  • Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein
  • Our mathematical universe by Max tegmark
  • The big shot by Michale Louise
  • The one by John Marrs (F)
  • I contain multitudes by Ed Yong
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  • Logic of life by Tim Hartford
  • It all adds up by Mickale Launy
  • Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure by Cédric Villani
  • Digital minimalism by Cal Newport
  • Cubed secret history of the office by Nikil Saval
  • Cities the first 6000 years by Monica L Smith 
  • Ultralearning by Scott young
  • Everyday biases by Ross Howard J
  • Rebel ideas by Matthew Syed(R)
  • Why we sleep by Matthew Walker
  • Pleased to meet me by Bill Sullivan 
  • The greatest show on earth by Richard Dawkins
  • Math on the back of the envelope by Rob Eastaway
  • Idiot brain by Dean Burnnet
  • Pig wrestling by Pete Lindsay
  • Replay by Kin Grimwood (F) 
  • Elon musk by B Storm
  • Meet your happy chemicals by Loretta Buenning
  • Genesis by Robin Cook (F)
  • Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life by Nir Eyal

My top favorites

  • Why we sleep by Matthew Walker
  • Replay by Kin Grimwood
  • Rebel ideas by Matthew Syed
  • The ape that understood the universe by Steve Stuart Williams
  • India conquered by Jon Wilson
  • The ghost map by Stephen Johnson
  • Skin in the game by Nassim Nicolas Taleb
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Books Read in 2018

I completely agree with Paul Graham when he said “Reading and experience train your model of the world. And even if you forget the experience or what you read, its effect on your model of the world persists. Your mind is like a compiled program you’ve lost the source of. It works, but you don’t know why”

2018 was a good year for reading; I traveled a bit that year, so there is lot of non-fiction, some old some new in the list for this year.


  • Think twice by Michael Mauboussin

Quotes- Three ways to add value

If I have to lose all the blogs that I follow, read, and just choose one, it will be Seth Godin’s blog.

It’s concise and the most consistent outside thing in my life.  I admire the consistency of the posts.

Here are few quotes or highlighted texts collected over last year.

  • The key question to ask in the meeting is: Are we increasing value or lowering costs? -SG
  • Technology destroys the perfect and then it enables the impossible –SG
  • A small thing, repeated, is not a small thing. –SG
  • Science is not something to believe or not believe. It is something to do. –SG
  • Nurturing and investing in the things we need and count on needs to be higher on the agenda. –SG
  • One clue that someone does not understand a problem is that they need a large number of variables and factors to explain it. –SG
  • Everyone has feelings and opinions, but the future ignores them. -SG
  • Bad decisions happen for one of two reasons: A. you’re in a huge hurry and you can’t process all the incoming properly. But more common… B. The repercussions of your decision won’t happen for months or years. -SG
  • The goal isn’t to clear the table, the goal is to set the table. –SG
  • 3 ways to add value: Tasks, decisions, and initiation… Doing, choosing, and starting… Each of the three adds value, but one is more prized than the others. -SG
  • We always have a choice, but often, it’s a good idea to act as if we don’t. -SG
  • Writing a sentence is easy. Deciding what to write in the next sentence is hard. -SG
  • The local requires less commitment, feels less risky, doesn’t demand a point of view. The express, on the other hand, always looks like a better idea after you’ve embraced it and gotten to where you meant to go. Express or local? -SG
  • There are people who can cut corners better than you, work more hours than you and certainly work cheaper than you. But what would happen if you became the person who was smarter, better at solving problems and cared the most? -SG
  • The simplest antidote to a tough day is generosity. Waves are free, and smiles are an irresistible bonus. -SG
  • New days require new decisions. –SG
  • The thing about responsibility is that it’s most effectively taken, not given. –SG
  • …When in doubt, do the generous thing. It usually works out the best. -SG
  • When leading a team, it’s tempting to slow things down for the people near the back of the pack. It doesn’t matter, though. They’ll just slow down more. They like it back there. In fact, if your goal is to get the tribe somewhere, it pays to speed up, not slow down. They’ll catch up -SG
  • We notice what we care about and work hard to ignore the rest. You can change what you care about by changing what you notice –SG
  • If you’re the kind of person that needs a crisis to move forward, feel free to invent one. Take the good ideas that aren’t going anywhere and delete them, give them away, hand them off to your team. -SG
  • When we can see these glitches as clowns, as temporary glitches that are unrelated to the cosmic harmony of the universe or even the next thing that’s going to happen to us, they’re easier to compartmentalize. -SG

5 Book Recommendations for the summer.

From the books, I have read so far, here are the five I think should be worth a read.

From how your vegetarian friend is changing the world, to getting to know Mendel. From X chromosomes to placing bets, the recommended books have lot to offer.

All of them are enjoyable read. Books should be able to take you to a different place and time and these books all deliver on that.

  1. The X in Sex: How the X Chromosome Controls Our Lives by David Bainbridge
  2. Adopt by Tim Hartford
  3. The Gene An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  4. Skin in the Game – The Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Taleb
  5. Thinking in Bets – Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts by Annie Duke

All links point to good reads, if you want to know more.

Books in 2017

In 2016, I read close to 75 books. In 2017, the goal was to read half that much and I managed to do more.  Thanks to the 3 mile daily commute to office.  Don’t  know about the waistline, but brain really did get some exercise during those walks. I love these walks. This is one thing will miss the most when I get back.

Here’s the list of books. More latter

  • A field guide to lies by Daniel J Levinit
  • Messy by Tim Harford
  • Proof-The science of Booze by Adam Rogers
  • Everything Is Bullshit: The greatest scams on Earth revealed by Priceonomics
  • Grit by Angela Duckworth
  • Made in America by Sam Walton
  • The little book of common sense investing By John C Boggle
  • Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu
  • The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins
  • A Mind For Numbers by Barbara Oakley
  • Your inner fish by Neil Shubin
  • The theory that would not die by Sharon Bertsch Mcgrayne
  • Pre suation by Robert Chaildini
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
  • The dance of the possible by Scot Berkun
  • Margin of safety by Seth Klarman
  • Unweaving the rainbow by Richard Dawkins
  • The Wisest One in the Room by Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross
  • Glow Kids by Nicholas Kardaras
  • The Agile Gene by Mat Ridley
  • The Master Algorithm by Pedro Domingos
  • Think Simple by Ken Segall
  • Mindwise By Nicholas Epley
  • Think, act and invest like Warren buffet by Larry Swedroe
  • Ignorance by Stuart Firestein
  • The world is flat by Thomad Friedman
  • How we got to now by Steven Johnson
  • The Little Book of String Theory by Steven Scott Gubser
  • A million years in a day by Greg Jenner
  • Superforecastors by Philip E Tetlock
  • Infinitesimal by Amir Alexander
  • Brain briefs by Mat Markman
  • Wining the brain game by Mathew E May
  • Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian
  • Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
  • Attention Merchants by  Tim su
  • The undoing project by Michael Lewis
  • Super crunchers by Ian Ayres [A]
  • Idiot brain by Dean Burnet
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  • Sex at dawn by Christopher Ryan
  • The checklist manifesto by Atul Gawande
  • Every data by John H. Johnson, and Mike Gluck
  • How the Zebra Got Its Stripes by Leo Grasset
  • The man who knew infinity by Robert Kanigel
  • Vertical by Stephen Graham
  • Everything bad is good for you by Steven Johnson
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Money machine by Gary Smith
  • The most human human by Brain Christian
  • Predictably irrational by Dan Airely
  • Wonderland by Stephen Johnson
  • A fortunate universe by Geraint Lewis
  • Damned lies and statistics by Joel Best
  • Origin by Dan Brown
  • Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations by Dan Ariely
  • Emergence by Stephen Johnson
  • Unlucky 13 by James Patterson
  • 50 things that shaped the modern economy by Tim Hartford
  • Teaching Kids to Think by Darlene Sweetland
  • Tao of Charlie by David Clark
  • Money the unauthorised biography by Felix Martin
  • Barking at the wrong tree by Eric Barker
  • A History of the World in Sixteen Ship wreck – Stewart Gordon
  • The power of moments by Dan and Chip Heath
  • The stone rose by Jacqueline Rayner [P]