Book Review : The Happiness Equation

“The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything” is written by Neil Pasricha. I have listened to the audio version of this book. From the title I thought it might be like one of the previous read book. Its having lot of tips and tricks. Not something that you might look for if wanting to improve happiness. The ideas are related to work, psychology and thinking.

Rating: 3/5. Does not look like a genuinely researched book. Its having  lot of advice and interesting as well.

Course Review : Understanding Investments

“Understanding Investments” is a series of 24 lectures offered by Great Courses. The lecturer is Professor Connel Fullenkamp, Ph.D. from Duke University. Each video is about half hour in length. Its a good course, provides a good understanding on investment opportunities available and on financial planning. It seems a practical course with theory and formula based approach. It discusses financial investment options available in the US. So people from that region would benefit the most. The course is available from the Great Courses website here.

Rating : 4/5. Discussion on most available investment options are done as well as  financial planning. Though mostly concerned with the US region.

Book Review : Wired for Love

“Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship” is written by Stan Tatkin. I have listened to the audio book. It is book on couple relationship, and how partners could help each other to make the relationship better. The author refers to some terms like “couple bubble” for the understanding between partners. He also uses the terms like “anchor”,”island” and “wave” for personality of the partners in relationship. “Anchors” have most secure relation and goal of the other two personality types has to become anchor in the relationship. The author illustrates a number of scenarios of couples interacting with these 3 personality types and provides correction advice to better the situation. The author states that personality types are based on situations in childhood.

Rating: 3/5. The illustrated situations seem too dramatic sometimes. Its a good book to read and less good book to follow the advice.

Book Review : The Gene

“The Gene: An Intimate History” is written by Siddhartha Mukherjee. I have been through an audio version of this book. It was as good as his book on the topic of cancer (review here), in this his personal life experience is a bit less. He discusses on the topic of human genome project, how gene sequencing has helped in identifying genes responsible for genetic diseases, somethings related to eugenics, stems cells and the future of gene technology where genes could be used to alter the make up of human species itself.

Rating: 4/5. I have thoroughly enjoyed this very informative book in the field of gene technology and its advancement. All topics are treated equally deep.

Book Review : Farewell to an Idea

“Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism” is written by T.J. Clark. The most liked aspect of the book is the depth of discussion about the paintings and the thoughts behind it. I have taken very long time to finish this book, almost a year. The reason is its complex vocabulary. One needs a dictionary beside. But I tend to forget the previous discussions when referring dictionary. Best is to forget comprehension and read through fast, at-least something could be understood in the end. I just got overall idea on the thought process behind the painting might be. There is history and philosophy takes on the paintings. The book is also loaded with lot of painting images.

Rating: 3/5. I need to read this a few more times mainly due to my inadequacy in the language comprehension. Its a good discussion, definitely worth reading again.

Course Review : Outsmart Yourself

“Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You” is series of lectures presented by professor Peter M. Vishton. It is series of 24 lectures of half hour each. There is interesting discussions on various areas of brain and cognitive research. Brief initial tips is provided in each lecture. This tip is then explained based on some case study and research data. The style of lecturing also is lively and humorous at times. This is available on Great Courses website here.

Rating: 4/5. Very enjoyable course, interesting facts and tips provided. Presentation of researches is simplified a lot.

Book Review : How To Stubbornly Refuse To Make Yourself Miserable About Anything, Yes Anything

“How To Stubbornly Refuse To Make Yourself Miserable About Anything, Yes Anything” is written by Albert Ellis. I have listened to audio version of this book. The author tells about the reasons we become miserable- the shoulds, the musts, the oughts. We need to recognize these thoughts. These are called irrational beliefs (IBs). We have to counter these through thoughts and establish rational beliefs (RBs). Is the IB true? Could I be absolutely sure it is true? Written version of this book would be betters as there are some exercise and some reflective time is required on some issues. I don’t think I will be able to debate on thoughts, especially emotional ones. I don’t think it will work in that case.

Rating : 3/5. The book is interesting with the technique and steps to follow. It repeats at lot of place and I don’t feel the technique is very convincing in all situations.