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BOOK REVIEW: Fragments by Heraclitus

BOOK REVIEW: Fragments by HeraclitusFragments by Heraclitus
Published by Penguin on 500 B.C.
Genres: Philosophy, Nonfiction, Classics
Pages: 128
Format: eBook
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five-stars

Written around twenty-five hundred years ago, Heraclitus declared that energy is the essence of the matter, that everything becomes energy in flux, in relativity. Fragments if a form of collected writings by the Greek, since the title and the context of the book both suggest that.

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five-stars

Book Review: The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

The 4 Hour Work Week Genres: Nonfiction, Business, Entrepreneurship
four-stars

Pages: 416, Kindle edition

Published: August, 2011 (current edition)

Cover Rating: 3/5

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Last month was all about work and productivity. The older me (self two years ago) would be scared of the term of productivity. Since the start of this year, I am reading and learning about how in this new economy one can manage work-life balance and a lot depends on being productive since productivity is directly proportional to your well-being which comes from you being a happy person.

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four-stars

BOOK REVIEW: Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg

Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg
Genres: Nonfiction
four-stars

I am a strong believer in effective communication skills which are vital for success. One thing I can assure you from my experience is that loud, bitter and violent communication never leads to fulfilment. Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication is a book about avoiding just that. He takes the reader through all the intricacies of working on what to say and how to say it so that one’s words lead to peace, not bitterness or violence. Another aspect of the book is that it also speaks to the essential need for developing compassionate communication with one self.

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four-stars

BOOK REVIEW: Tribe of Mentors – Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Timothy Ferriss

Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss
Genres: Nonfiction, Business, Entrepreneurship
four-stars

Pages: 624, Kindle Edition

Published: 21st November 2017, by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Cover Rating: 5/5 (hint: something is in symmetry, see carefully)

I get excited when I hear Tim Ferriss is going to release a new book. The guy knows what to write, or at least how to present information in terms of mere words. Last year, I spent 18 days on his Tools of Titans which came out in the month of December. I haven’t spent more than 15 days on Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Tim’s books tend to cover a vast amount of information that is not easy for a human brain to process. After putting my nose in his other books such as The 4 Hour Work Week and The 4 Hour Body earlier this year, I had a plan.

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four-stars

BOOK REVIEW: Vagabonding An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long Term World Travel by Rolf Potts

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
Genres: Travel, Nonfiction, Entrepreneurship
five-stars

Pages: 224, Kindle Edition
Published: January 2002
Cover Rating: 3/5

“Long-term travel isn’t about being a college student; it’s about being a student of daily life. Long-term travel isn’t an act of rebellion against society; it’s an act of common sense within society. Long-term travel doesn’t require a massive “bundle of cash”; it requires only that we walk through the world in a more deliberate way.”

Rolf Potts travelled more than 60 countries across six continents. He is the author of Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, a book that fascinated me a for long time before I decided to finally give it a read. All that excitement was worth.

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five-stars

BOOK REVIEW: Project Bodi by Hosein Kouros-Mehr

Project Bodi by Hosein Kouros-Mehr
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction
four-stars
Pages: 219, Kindle Edition
Published: September 2017
Cover Rating: 3/5
How many science fiction books you have read on the future of out species? Out of them, how many are dystopian? Recently, I watched Blade Runner and I liked the flying cars. What if the occurrence of changes are dystopian not as the society but for the large corporations of the world of today. What if Apple becomes obsolete?

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four-stars

BOOK REVIEW: Ikigai – The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

Ikigai by Frances Miralles, Hector Garcia
Genres: Nonfiction
four-stars

Pages: 192, Kindle Edition
Published: August 2017 by Penguin Books
Cover Rating: 5/5

The positive attitude and emotional awareness of Japanese is appealing to anyone since it is directly associated with health. It is known that people of Japan have longest life expectancy in the world. Don’t we all want to live a long, and healthy life? Co-authors of this book, Frances Miralles and Hector Garcia did research on this variables and the main subject of their research was the elderly in Japan. The result is Ikigai, the book rightly titled.

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four-stars

BOOK REVIEW: Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
Genres: Fiction, Philosophy
four-stars

First Published: 1938

Originally titled La Nausée and published in 1938, is Jean-Paul Sartre’s first novel and an exploration of his early thoughts and ideas on existentialism that are elaborated in his later works. This book even though comes under the category of fiction is a difficult one to review. Nevertheless, this is my attempt.

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four-stars

BOOK REVIEW: Become What You Are by Alan Watts

Become What You Are by Alan Watts
Genres: Philosophy, Nonfiction
five-stars

Pages: 146, Kindle Edition

First Published on:  1955

Cover Rating: 4/5

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This not the first Alan Watts book I have read. To read this one, I made myself familiar with his writing and philosophy by reading his other books such as The Wisdom of Insecurity (on someone’s recommendation in past) and listening to his teachings in past few weeks. It’s important to know your subject in most cases. In this case, even if you aren’t familiar with Watts’ philosophy, I’d suggest you to go ahead. However, a bit of familiarity only embraces curiosity. The title is the essence of this book, might point to another domino piece in the self-help genre but I can assure you that this text which was first published in 1955 holds the same amount of value and wisdom today as it did back then.

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five-stars

Boost Your Blogging Confidence and Write that Post

Lack of confidence is one of the reason why bloggers don’t publish their posts. Especially, in this age of information overload, we tend to gather much information without much effort about the needed topic or content interesting to us but due to lack of confidence your best post has never been published yet. We all struggle with the confidence at times when it comes to hitting the publish button. I have been blogging for more than four years and I battle the same force of struggle as you do, to feel confident. I have my doubt and worries similar to yours.

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