“Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once”, is a famous quote given by Stephen King, an American author. Businessmen’s calendar probably starts filling up a week-out. And, by the time that Monday morning rolls around, they are staring at a pretty full slate. Don’t let that happen. Focus on taking control of your schedule to give yourself the time and space needed to read. Make sure that you take these ‘reading meetings’ as seriously as you would any other meeting.
“The only result of the wrath of the British Government was that I found God”
The book is written by Sri Aurobindo in account of his experiences as an undertrial prisoner in Alipore Jail, Calcutta. Arrested for conspiracy in May 1908, Sri Aurobindo spent one full year in jail while the British Government, in a protracted trial, tried to implicate him in various revolutionary activities.
“The only result of the wrath of the British Government was that I found God'', explains Sri Aurodindo even during a year’s imprisonment. The business has its own share of ups and downs, and at times the unlikely situation stretches for long. But try to notice the good and positive takeaways from the worst.
2. The Magic
The Magic by Rhonda Byrne reveals life-changing knowledge to the world. Then, on an incredible 28-day journey, she teaches you how to apply this knowledge in your everyday life. With the practice of gratitude, while the challenges may come, you will know how to overcome them and learn from them.
The formula to deliberately think and say ‘Thank You’, will come handy in every stressful situation in the busy business world. Your job is to wish, ‘How’ is not your job.
3. The Black Water Lilies
The book is by Michel Bussi that is set in Giverny, the picturesque home village of the artist Claude Monet, the story begins with the murder of a local ophthalmologist and art collector. At the center of the mystery are three women who share a secret and all dream of leaving the peaceful but secretive village.
This is not just a murder mystery, but it also explores the intensity of childhood friendships, demonstrates the madness of being in love and questions our perceptions of fine art. Giving a hint on, everything you see is not what it seems, just like the business world.
5. Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War
Farthest Field by Raghu Karnad reveals the experiences of Indian soldiers who served the British during World War II, and India's struggle as colonialism and nationalism vied for advantage.
The victors aren't honoured as the ‘greatest generation'. This is the story of young people, quite like themselves, trying to lead secular and modern lives, with the puckered lips and raised eyebrows of Indian tradition glowering all around.
The book authored by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles, touches on various aspects of life which can help us achieve a long happy life. It is based on an ancient, well practised Japanese technique called IKIGAI.
Many Japanese believe that everyone has an Ikigai, or destiny, that they were born to fulfil. As like every business and its motive to reach heights.