The other day I thought of making a new board on Pinterest with all the books I have read and would recommend. While I’m still contemplating on whether or not to create a virtual bookshelf, I am recommending 3 books that are definitely worth a read. Now, I’m not fussy about or loyal to any particular genre. I’ve read books simply because I liked the title or the little summary on the back cover intrigued me. So here are 3 books of which one I found in a bookstore in Dharamshala and the summary of which completely floored me; one I picked because someone on LinkedIn put up a status about how he was going to redo his profile after reading this book; and the third one was because two of my favourite ladies (@coffeedesk and @GreaterBombay) were impersonating the protagonist every time they spoke.
The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes: Remember Robert Downey Junior and Professor Moriarty plunging to their deaths in the Reichenbach Falls in Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows? Well this story was adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of the Final Problem. While the Author wanted to end his partnership with Holmes for good, public demand led him to revive the detective by writing The Hound of the Baskervilles which was set before The Final Problem and followed that up with The Adventure of the Empty House in which Holmes returns after three years. He tells Watson how he survived the fall and all the things he did in those three years including the two he spent in Tibet.
Wondering why I’m rambling on about Sherlock Holmes’ solo escapades? Jamyang Norbu, a Tibetan activist and writer, has spun a fantastic tale about those two years that Sherlock Holmes spent in Tibet in his book The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes. Not only does Holmes meet the Dalai Lama he also travels with Huree Chunder Mookherjee, the Bengali spy from Rudyard Kipling’s novel Kim. This book is about the travels of the great detective and Kipling’s Bengali spy through India and TIbet. It’s an intriguing tale that brings together two famous characters created by two brilliant authors and wraps them in a challenging journey. And Jamyang Norbu totally succeeds!
Start With Why: I came across this book on Twitter. The tweet was about someone redoing their LinkedIn Profile based on the simple principles described in this book. I then read up on the author, Simon Sinek and also watched his talk on TED. Through the book, there are things that you have witnessed or/and experienced at work. So many instances where you go, “shit that’s s true!” The book is based on one simple question – Why Do You Do What You do. If you know the answer to ‘Why’ you can figure out an effective solution to ‘How’. This is a must read for entrepreneurs as well as team leaders. And I think I might ‘Start with Why’ and redo a lot of things in my life soon.
Diary Of A Social Butterfly: Moni Mohsin tweeted yesterday, “Janoo said India’s bottom line is not looking too good these days. Haan, I said, in saris and dhotis tau no one’s bottom line looks good”. Haw, what cheeks! Yes, the entire book is about Butterfly, “an avid partygoer, inspired misspeller, and unwittingly acute observer of Pakistani high society…”. This book as well as its sequel – Tender Hooks – should be read for the lingo. It’s witty, hilarious and almost reminded me of the kind of puns and ideas sprinkled across Asterix & Obelisk. The Diary of a Social Butterfly is a good choice for a flight, your usual train ride to and from work or a lazy Sunday.