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Old 12th July 2020, 11:49   #241
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I just finished this great book.
Rating:4/5.
Goes in great depth into how Russia used social media to interfere in US elections, how the social media companies themselves underestimated their power.
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I read this couple of month before. An absolute firecracker and nothing short of a movie. Lots of cases which we used to read in newspapers, watch on TV is here, straight from horse's mouth. Definitely worth a read.
Let me say it now - Rakesh Maria (IPS), Retired CP, Mumbai.

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I would like to suggest ‘Our Moon has blood clots’ by Rahul Pandita on the sufferings of the Kashmiri Pandits during 1990 and the after effects it had on the mental health of many of the survivors.
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Been reading Discovery of India by Nehru. A pretty massive read and a good read thus far halfway through

After you done with this. I would also recommend Glimpses of World History. Another massive and a great read.
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How I Blew It, the current book in my hand, talks to some of India's biggest digital entrepreneurs and tells stories that inspire. Quick thinking, astute decision making (and sometimes, sheer luck), paved the way for many successes - making for an interesting read
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How I Blew It, the current book in my hand, talks to some of India's biggest digital entrepreneurs and tells stories that inspire.
I read this one, but don't think I completed it. The author's writing / story-telling skills were strictly average. Would give it a 3 / 5 at best.
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Writing could have been more gripping, I agree. But there were rare nuggets which I loved, like the one below.
Sanjeev Bikhchandani (Founder of InfoEdge and Naukri - 'I got five phone calls from Housing.Com investors saying, "You've got the business" (because 99Acres was already generating Rs70-80 crore of revenue). They said, "We've got the product right with Housing.com. Why don't we merge?" And my answer was, "If you've got the product, how come we have the business?"
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Need recommendations for good books on Product Design and Development. I have been a long-standing follower of Clayton Christensen and have followed several principles suggested by him in product development. Also, loved few books like "Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love". However, with tha large-scale adoption of Data Analytics and practical usage of Machine Learning, my sense is that conventional "Product Development" approaches might have also evolved and no longer applicable. Something recent that helps pls.

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Gladiators, Pirates and Games of Trust

Not very technical, pretty short, and easy to read. Makes you think about quite a few ideas of game theory.

4/5.
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Some suggestions from my reading history.

1. The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics: Its is one the best books I have read. Some might say it is a little onesided and it just reflects the opinion of the authors, but it connects so many dots in the politics that it is hard to disagree with. The arguments in the book are common sense yet so strong. Read it and you will feel like you can outsmart anyone around you. Just keep in mind to apply the ideas of the book to politicians only and not friends and family. I would rate it 5/5.

2. The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford: Again it is one of the book that explains many things observable in daily life. The explanation on how companies price their products will answer your question why the car you like has a bare bones base variant and an overpriced top variant. Reading this book will also make the horses of your mind go wild to find a prefect strategy to solve the problems that plague the current market. I would rate it 4/5.

3. Measurement by Paul Lockhart: This book talks about the beauty of maths and mathematicians. If you have spent hours thinking about a single maths problem (even at high school level), you will connect with this book. I liked the book even more when the author bluntly refused to baby the reader by providing solutions. You have to be a math person to really fall in love with this book, but even for general people it is not that bad of a read, just ignore the problems. I would rate it 5/5 for maths enthusiasts and 3/5 for average reader.

Though you will be able to find pirated e-books of these books, I highly recommend you to buy a physical copy or an authorised e-book. Its already a decade gone by from their publishing date (15 for Undercover Economist and 9 for Dictator's handbook) and the content of these books has never been more relevant. They are worth the little money you will have to spend.
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A few of the non fiction books which I have read :

1)" Himalayan Blunder " published in 1969 by Brigadier J.P Dalvi gives a true account of the 1962 Indo China war in the NEFA /Arunachal Pradesh sector where the author was taken as Prisoner of War by Chinese Army and was in their captivity for 7 months.The book is a factual account of how Indian Army was overerwhelmed by the Chinese.

2) "Dragon on our doorstep "by Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab published in 2017 .The book deals with geopolitics of China and Pakistan nexus and how Indian Defence Forces and Political Leadership seem to be so unprepared to tackle china .The book specifically had a chapter titled "Threat to Ladakh " which seems to have come true in April 2020.

3) "One life is not enough " an autobiography of former External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh published in 2014 .The book tells of his journey from being a member of Royal Family of Bharatpur to being an Indian Foreign Service officer and later on the External Affairs Minister of India.

4) "The Siege " by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott Clare published in 2013 on the Mumbai Terror Attacks of 26th November 2008.A must read .

5) "In the Line of Fire " by Parvez Musharaff is his autobiography published in 2006.

6) "The trial of Bhagat Singh -Politics of Justice " by A.G Noorani published first in 1996.The book was written as a study in the politics of justice. The book has explored how the trial of Bhagat Singh was conducted with a predetermined aim of getting rid of the revolutionary along with his fellow comrades Rajguru and Sukhdev who could have shaken the very foundation of the British Empire.Copies of the original handwritten notes of Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev are there in the book .A must read .

7) "The Accidental Prime Minister " published in 2014 by Sanjay Baru.An interesting facet on the professional life of Dr Manmohan Singh the former Prime Minister of India.

8) "I Dare " biography of Dr Kiran Bedi, the former I.P.S officer published in 1995.

9) "Amritsar Mrs Gandhi's Last Battle "by Mark Tully and Satish Jacob is the original account of operation Blue star carried out by the ndian Army in 1984 in Golden Temple Amritsar.

10) "Operation Blue Star -The true Story " by Lt General Kuldip Singh Brar ,the operational commander of the operation blue star .The book tells the perspective from operational point of view.
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During the Covid lockdown, I finished ten books in ten days. Here is the list:

1. 1971: A global history of the creation of Bangladesh by Srinath Raghvan
2. The dirt on clean: An Unsanitized History by Katherine Ashenburg
3. Spillover: Animal Infections and the next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
4. Pandemic: Tracking Contagions by Sonia Shah
5. India, Pakistan, and the Secret Jihad by Praveen Swami
6. The 9/11 Wars by Jason Burke
7. Mythos: The Greek Mython Retold by Stephen Fry
8. Inside the Kingdom by Robert Lacy
9. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
10. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
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