Books: My Teacher and My Friend

Main Purpose

My main purpose of reading books is to learn. I think, I feel happy when I learn new things about the world, my surrounding and about my self. One of my missions in life is to also improve myself, so self-help books are another type of books that I enjoy reading.

To understand History

The purpose to understand history is not to merely know what had happened in past. I want to understand the changes which happened in the history. To understand change and reasons behind the change, motivates me to read history. It also enables me to see changes in the present and also engineer changes (if I can, as I know the reason behind changes in the past). Also, people might not be able to fool me by telling wrong history.

Human History

To gain understanding of the world and have a world view i.e. attempt to understand why the world is like this as it is today?

  1. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  2. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
  3. Guns, Germs and Steel

Indian History

  1. India After Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha

To improve myself:

  1. To improve my skills to interact with people
    1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  2.  To understand how MK Gandhi became Bapu
    1. Understanding how Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi became such an influential figure in the Indian freedom struggle. What were principles in life, what were his habits and in what ways I can learn and adopt his principles.
      1. My experiments with Truth
  3. To manage my time properly
    1. 168 Hours You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam
    2. The Checklist Manifesto How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
  4. To make achievable goals in life
    1. Goal Analysis
  5. Understanding the science behind meditation.
    1. I think that its very important for me to control my mind. Everything I do, first manifests/originates in my mind. So, I want to understand my mind and ways in which meditation can help in this.
      1. Altered Traits

To understand what is happiness and how my mind works

  1. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  2. Stumbling upon Happiness

To understand meaning and purpose in life

  1. Man’s Search for Meaning

To learn from life of others

  1. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  2. Anne Frank

And also read popular fiction to enjoy them

  1. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  2. 1854 by George Orwell

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