Wednesday, November 2, 2011

On Life & more by Justin Halpern

It is becoming a rarity (because of work and me juggling at least two books at a time), but yesterday, after a long time, I finished a book in just few hours.

The book's name is "Sh*t My Dad Says" and it is written by Justin Halpern.

An insanely hilarious book, the lesson it imparted was prophetic. And yes, for most of the book, though I was laughing my heads off, I still managed to jot down my most favorite excerpts (call them gems!) from the book, for keepsake and for sharing with you all, so that it can make you wiser, just as it made me.

From "Sh*t My Dad Says" by Justin Halpern

On Showing Fear:

"When it's asshole-tightening time, that's when you see what people are made of. Or at least what their assholes is made of.

On Sharing:

"....If he wants to be an asshole and not share, then that's his right. You always have the right to be an asshole - you just shouldn't use that right very often."

On Dealing with Bullies:

"You're going to run into jerk-offs, but remember; It's not the size of asshole you worry about, it's how much shit comes out of it."

On Practicing:

"Nobody likes practice, but what's worse: practicing, or sucking at something?...Oh, give me a fucking break, practicing is not worse than sucking."

On Talking Heads:

"Do these announcers ever shut the fuck up? Don't ever say stuff just because you think you should. That's the definition of an asshole."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Books and more books

For people who know me, know how close reading and books are to my heart and how Shweta (my wife) and I have this whole library stock of books at our home.

In just between yesterday and today, I have been able to mop off 2 books which I was reading at a snail's pace. Apart from that, I started off 2 new ones, out of which I did finish off one just in few hours, which is becoming a rarity now-a-days.

Hence it will be understatement to say that this week has been phenomenal to me, at least, up until now.

The two I wrapped up, though covered diametrically opposite aspects, at the heart, they both were business books:

The Real Deal by James Caan is a brave and courageous autobiography, which covers nifty aspects of businesses. What, actually makes it brave was that, despite being a celebrity, James Caan, stayed truthful in his personal stories and with a lot of candor, spoke about the journey which he undertook to find himself, considering he was an Asian and a Muslim. For the Dragons' Den lovers, it is a special book, since James Caan has been one of the Dragons in the UK version of it, from season 5 to season 8.

In the Plex by Steven Levy charts the story of Google, from start till date.
It is written almost prose like, yet at the same time, it makes sure that it covers all the nitty-gritty aspects of technology and products.

It wins at both the mass and class appeal of a business book, which trust me, is a rarity!

The most common thing about the two books was, that both of them were recommended to me by two sharp peoples, whom I admire and respect a lot for their intellectual ability.

I have already shared few quotes from "In the Plex". In the coming days, I will share with you, more about the book I finished today and the one I am in the middle of.