Review of Books I Read



by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar

16 November 2022, Rating: 5/5

The author has brought life to stories of India's partition we have all heard from our grandparents. She beautifully brought the dichotomy of the hardship encountered by a commoner and important political leaders. The topic is well-researched by the author. I recommend this book to all, especially those who loved "Train to Pakistan" by Khuswant Singh.

Habits: 25 small habits, to improve wealth, health and happiness

by Manoj Chenthamarakshan

13 November 2022, Rating: 5/5

This book presents a collection of habits or particular ideas you will find in multiple self-help books. The presentation of the concept is simple and concise. You might not find something new in this text if you are already reading numerous self-help books, but you can use it as notes you can refer to refresh the important ideas quickly.

Mindfulness in Plain English

by Gunaratana, Bhante Henepola

10 November 2022, Rating: 4/5

The book presents the idea of mindfulness in the simplest way possible. It touches on what mindfulness is and is not. There are multiple ways to achieve everevading mindfulness and the author focused on one particular form: Upasana. It is must-read book for someone who wants to learn mindfulness as a beginner.


by James Clavell

10 October 2022, Rating: 4/5

The story is interesting and keeps you wanting more. Although there are some parts that seemed far-fetch, they lend the story a base to weave a better storyline. Additionally, I felt that the last part was a little rushed.

by James Clear

16 November 2020, Rating: 5/5

An extraordinarily simple manual for creating and breaking habits. The author has laid out the core concept of cue-craving-response-reward in plain English and repeated the mantra many times to install the concept in the memory of readers.

In search of Heer

10 November 2020

A retelling of epic Heer-Ranjha saga by Manjul Bajaj. I have not read the previous version, so this was a enjoyable read for me. Other the well-known story-line, the book is a gem full of beautiful porses and elegant sentence structures.

When breath becomes air

31 October 2020

It is a unfinished autobiography of Paul Kalanithi, who was always obsessed with deciphering the meaning of life and death. His pursuit inadvertently or subconsciously lead him to a profession of a Neurosurgeon. The first part of the book deals with his close observation of how people respond to the news of illness and death. What his patient, their family member, he himself as doctor has to go through as life-altering situation arises. The unfortunate, second part details his ordeal to fight and survive when the impending death greeted him directly, face-to-face. His response to terminal illness was fascinating and his will to write a book in remaining year of his life reminded me of the book "The last lecture." The most important point in the book is his observation that a doctor has to choose either to save a patient, which might be bedridden for remaining of his life, eating through tube and breathing through ventilator, a vestige of his actual identity; or let the death ease the suffering.