Books every Indian should read in his early twenties

According to me, if you are in your early twenties and looking for some enlightening books, you must read following books. I strongly believe ten years from now, you will attribute a lot of your success to some of these books. Having read all of them and being influenced by every one of them, I call myself fortunate that I had a company of these great books when I needed them most. I have given online link of every book from where they can be purchased.
I hope you find them useful.
Best wishes.

Wings of Fire: An Autobiography 1st Edition – If you are an Indian, in your early twenties then you must read this book.
This book is an autobiographical novel that tells the  readers a story about unlocking their inner potential. APJ Abdul Kalam does a  great deal to throw light on his journey to igniting the fire within  himself. This book is divided into seven parts. This is then followed by an Orientation, which  contains a quote from the Atharva Veda. After that, the readers are  also enlightened on the incidents that made Kalam what he is today.

  • Unposted Letter – is a collection of short articles that contains deep and profound  reflections on many topics related to life, work, situations, and  attitudes. Each page contains ideas and concepts that can change your view on many things and make your life richer and more  enjoyable. A good read recommended for young readers.

 

  • Letters From a Father to His Daughter – These letters reflect on a variety of topics. Starting from  natural history, the beginning of the earth, and evolution to the varied races of the world, the genetic make-up, the  differences in communities, and races, how these races were formed, and  why people look different. Book also touches upon the topic of civilizations. It discusses the  ancient civilizations, the great cities of ancient times, the origin of  language and religion, the growth of mankind, and the changes in  religion and its current manifestations. Nehru also elaborately  discusses the history of India, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the  great kings of the past and their kingdoms.

 

 

  • Gitanjali – One of the greatest writers in modern India, Rabindranath Tagore became  the first Indian to be awarded the Nobel Prize, which he received for  his outstanding contribution to Literature. Known for his elegant prose  and magical poetry, Gitanjali captures the essence of Tagore’s poetic  spirit. The poetry of Tagore is soothing to the spirit of the  person who reads it. These poems look at the deepest and the most  spiritual aspects of life with a simplicity and grace that touch your  soul. They encourage you to look at the world around, in a fresh light,  and experience the beauty of creation.

 

Siddhartha – Siddhartha’ is a novel by Hermann Hesse which deals with  the spiritual journey of an Indian boy called Siddhartha during the time  of the Buddha. The book was written in German, in a simple, yet  powerful and lyrical style. It was first published in 1922, after Hesse  had spent some time in India in the 1910s. The story revolves  around a young man who leaves his home and family on a quest for the  Truth. Embarking on a journey that takes him from the austerities of  renunciation to the profligacy of wealth. That leads him through the  range of human experiences from hunger and want, to passion, pleasure,  pain, greed, yearning, boredom, love, despair and hope. A journey that  leads finally to the river, where he gains peace and eventually wisdom.  This is the story of Siddhartha as told by Nobel Laureate Hermann Hesse  in his most influential work.

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In the quest of last victory: Book Review

In the quest of last victory

In the quest of last victory

In Quest of the Last Victory is an inspirational story of the Navin Gulia’s perseverance, fighting spirit and persistent efforts to achieve higher goals by stretching beyond what his physical abilities seemed to permit him. Despite complete paralysis of the body, Navin Gulia continued to have aspirations and made every effort to accomplish them. With a single-minded focus and determination, he turned his disability into a life-affirming force. He mastered chess, studied computer science, flew hang gliders and microlight aircraft, and went on to become the first Indian to drive non-stop to the highest motorable mountain pass in the world, the forbidding Marsimik La in Ladakh.With a lifetime of severe setbacks behind him and an impossibly steep mountain incline in front, Navin Gulia knew that if he failed this day life probable would never give him this chance again. The words he had always believed in rang in his ears:

Our body and mind have infinite ability, our ability never restricts us, our thoughts do. If we think we can, we can; if we think we cannot, we cannot.

This is a captivating tale of grit and determination that will inspire and motivate people of all ages.

About the Author
Navin Gulia, adventurer, writer, social worker and motivational speaker, holds a world record for being the first person to drive non-stop to Marsimik La, which at 18,632 feet is the highest mountain pass in the world. In 2007, he founded, and now runs, the Apni Duniya Apna Ashiyana Welfare Society, which works towards the interests of underprivileged children.

Gulia was honoured with the President’s National Role Model Award by Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in 2006. He has received several other awards and honours, including the Godfrey Phillips Mind of Steel Award (2010), Karmaveer Puraskar from iCongo (2009), Cavinkare Ability Mastery Award (2006), Chief of Army Staff Commendation (2005), The Times of India Global Indian for the Year (2005), Limca Book People of the Year (2005) and State Award for Adventure Sports (2004).

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The Cubicle Manifesto: Book Review

No matter what profession we are in, we spend most of our day-work-time in our offices.

The Cubicle Manifesto: The Perfect Way To Reinvent Your Life

The Cubicle Manifesto: The Perfect Way To Reinvent Your Life

Family, friends, relatives are integral part of our life and we hear a lot of buzz words life work-life balance. The cubicle: a small, compressed, half room where we spend half our lives bored, stressed, and secretly planning holidays. Where imagination and creativity die a slow death and ‘out of the box’ can mean only one thing—leaving the office.

There are many good books and strategies which teach balancing our life after work but very few of them talk about the time we spend in our cubicles.

The book starts with a question,

“How many hours a day do you cubicle?”

Plot of the book:

Mayukh, a professionally successful employee of a big company discovers one morning that his computer has been infected by a virus. And he has enough work on his plate. But strangely and soon the virus starts a revolution that gradually frees Mayukh from the tyranny of pressure and the shackles of stress. The virus guides mayukh towards a better, balanced and joyous life by not compromising his professional successes. It reconnects him with his true self and family, and brings him more success than he could ever imagine.

So if you’ve been spending more time in your cubicle than anywhere else, The Cubicle Manifesto is the revolution that you’ve been waiting for; one that you can start in the comfort of your own cubicle.

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Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions

2011 is saying goodbye to the world. And already people have started compiling the list of best books of the year.

From among many books I read this year, Guy kawasaki‘s tenth book: Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions, is one among best books I will list in my reading list.

It is not possible for me to list this book in any particular genre, if you are businessman it’s must read for you, of you are a student it’s for you too. I Will recommend the book to housewives, corporate employee and everyone.

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The book explains when and why enchantment is necessary and then the pillars of enchantment: likability, trustworthiness, and a great cause.

The next topics are launching, overcoming resistance, making enchantment endure, and using technology. There are even special chapters dedicated to enchanting your employees and your boss.

I strongly feel that enchantment will be adopted as valid term in management science very soon.

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