Raya by Srinivas Reddy

Political leadership has perhaps been the most controversial of ships to sail in. The very shroud of mystery that encapsulates them, also deprives them of the link that allows human connections. Couple this with the vagaries of history, and you have a potent combination of either superhuman or inhuman personalities, exhibiting rather extreme shade of…

Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

The spirit of innovation is what drives the human spirit. The humdrum repetitive action of doing the exact same thing again and again might sound perfect from an automated robotic efficiency utopia’s perspective, but the fact is that being mindless drones is a thought that repulses humans at some point or the other. This is…

I Have Never Been (Un) Happier by Shaheen Bhatt

Honesty is often simple. It is found in unflowery language, easy yet elegant sentence structures and mostly, impassioned emotional outpouring. Talking about depression, anxiety, and/or any other mental ailments is slowly gaining grudging acceptance in an increasingly democratised online society. Yet, the taboo associated with actual conversation about the same is changing at a turtle’s…

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

The strange nature of art that continues to baffle both creators and connoisseurs is the fact that more often than not, some of the artist’s most widely spanned, criticised and even hated work, is often one that is deeply personal, and oddly satisfying. This is the first Murakami non-fiction book I have read, and I…

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

The fact that strangers play a critical role in our lives seems antithetical and counter-intuitive to our rather narcissistic way of thinking. But the truth is that in a world of over 7 billion individuals, our immediate family, friends, communities and acquaintances, are merely but a statistical dot. True to his rather unorthodox choice of…