Here is what S2M has been reading this month:
Amit Agarwal, Operations F&A Excellence, read two very different books.
- The Under Achieving School by John Holt:
- Read it if you are interested in the horror genre. No, I am not exaggerating. You have to read it to believe it. Although it has been written a few decades back and the environment it talks about is largely west, the similarity with the scenario in South Asia currently can’t be missed. At one point he says – all schools should be burnt down. What he gets across through his hard-hitting use of words is that learning as it happens in schools cannot be dependent on to achieve societal progress and advancement.
- Currently Reading Steve Pinker – The Language Instinct
- Even after a ‘warning’ from a prolific reader that he had to let it go after less than a quarter of the book as it was getting abstract
Aditi Mehta, Head Products
“This month presented many opportunities for reading. I reached out to books to change my mind, escape to something or to escape from something.”
- The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna
- I surprised myself by picking this one up from an Airport bookshop, but I was pleasantly surprised. Ms Khanna writes humorously and simply. Good for breezy reading.
- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
- Boy. What a book. As a person who cares deeply about social issues and leans away from the right politically, I was emotionally drained and exhausted. As a lover of language, I was ebullient. It left me wanting but phew. Was I glad it was over! Sometimes, empathy is tiring.
- Simple Notes from the Hills by Ruskin Bond
- After Arundhati Roy’s book, I needed a break. Thank God for Ruskin Bond. This book is his latest and reads so well. It’s magic and depth both lie in its simplicity. It’s a MUST buy for the Gurgaon library.
- You Cannot Miss This Flight by Captain Gopinath
- This is a collection of essays on various topics by serial entrepreneur, Captain Gopinath of Deccan Airways fame. Nice and informative read, if not well written. Good to draw a reluctant reader in. He talks highly about the joys and challenges of entrepreneurship.
Nikhil Saraf, Head of Marketing& Technology- read – Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande – A fascinating read on how checklists came to be and how almost every profession runs on one.