Atlas Shrugged

Thu 07 February 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

1200 pages and 47 days! That's the longest it has taken me to complete a book yet. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand is a fictional story set in the United States of America where the government has been captured by crony capitalists who lobby to pass laws that restrict innovation and competition to safeguard their fiefs.

Hard working and conscientious businessmen who are hit by these regulations start vanishing; leaving their businesses imploding. Dagny Taggart, a scion of Taggart Transcontinental Rails and a ruthless businesswoman who loves competition and free enterprise is caught in the cross fires of these regulations. She is torn between protecting her life's ambition of running an efficient rail company and feeding the looters who have put regulatory restrictions in her tracks.

While Ayn Rand's writing style is beautiful; the book would've been better with crisper editing. The repetition and the length just dampen the premise of the book much like the regulations dull the spirit of the businessmen in the novel. The book reads like propaganda for Capitalism. Not sure how Ayn Rand would've reacted to the levels of inequality in society today caused by the crony capitalism globally.


Kahlil Gibran Selected Couplets

Sun 13 January 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

I love Kahlil Gibran's poetry and have been collecting his couplets as I read his books. Here are a few that I loved:

  • A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
  • He who does not seek advice is a fool. His folly blinds …
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Getting Things Done

Sun 30 December 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Just looking at the title, I decided to take a dive into getting things done even before I started reading the book. So I started reading the book simultaneously with other books. And boy was I wrong! Not only does the book clearly discourage multi-tasking; it took me 3 months …

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Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists

Wed 26 December 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Raghuram Rajan (former governor of RBI) and Liugi Zingales, a professor from Chicago's Booth School of Business have written this book to drive home the point that most capitalistic societies around the world are mostly crony capitalism; where the incumbents make use of a nascent market and capture it and …

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Coromandel : A personal history of South India

Thu 13 December 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Ashoka - the search for India's lost emperor" by Charles Allen was a mind-blowing book that showed how even history can be presented to it's readers like a thriller. To better such a book is a challenging task and thankfully Charles Allen sets the tone for the kind of book in …

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Steve Jobs

Mon 03 December 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Henry Kissinger - all geniuses (possibly debatable). And then when you add Steve Jobs into the list, you know the author is out to prove a point. Walter Isaacson helms the only official biography of Steve Jobs, a mercurial genius.

It documents the …

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K.A Nilakanta Sastri - Writings in The Hindu

Tue 20 November 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

K.A Nilakanta Sastri was an Indian historian who specialized in South Indian history and was an expert in Cholas. The Hindu compiled a list of his best contributions there and released them as a book.

Most of these essays are from the 1950s and some from the early 60s …

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The Godfather

Sun 11 November 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Vito Corleone is the head of the Corleone Family in New York City, one of the most powerful Sicilian families that controls organized crime in the city. He is a friend to those who seek his help and in turn expects a reasonable favour in return when the time arrives …

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Delivering Happiness

Tue 30 October 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

I generally don't pick business books unless it is highly recommended. "Delivering Happiness" by Tony Hsieh was recommended by a manager at one of my previous workplaces. Tony Hsieh documents the story of Zappos, an online footwear retailer until it's acquisition by Amazon. The primary focus of this book is …

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Ranjit Singh: Maharaja of Punjab

Sun 14 October 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Khushwant Singh, a noted author pens the biography of Ranjit Singh, referred to as 'The Lion of Punjab' by the Sikhs. He was the first king to have unified the Punjab and built a huge empire. The book documents the events in Ranjit Singh's life chronologically with a lot of …

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