Book Review : Ayurveda- The Science of Self-Healing

“Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing” is written by Vasant Dattatray Lad. Its a very good book for anyone who might be interested in pursuing a career in Ayurvedic healing and would want to know the basic principle and the diagnosis methods employed towards treatment. It also expands on yoga, everyday routines, diet and many home remedies. Personally, I have some health issues going so thought I should have a try at this holistic practice. The take away for me would be that ayurveda unlike allopathy functions more towards the harmonization of human as a system/universe in itself. Its practices are aligned with this treatment mode.

Rating: 4/5. Concise and precise, a good introductory on ayurveda, addresses everyone, professional and layman.


Book Review : The Case Against Sugar

“The Case Against Sugar” is written by Gary Taubes. I have listened to an audio version of this book. It discuss in length the modern western diet, history of sugar and its role in the modern diet. The author discusses on the ill-effects of sugar in the tobacco industry, association with the various other human diseases like cancer, diabetes, obesity, etc. He accounts various studies to support his theory, advertisement and politics has supported sugar industry.

Rating: 3/5. The topic is interesting in many respect, but the book seems to have stretched on topic of sugar by associating it with lot of diseases. The discussion on the later topics not seem so convincing.

Book Review : The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

“The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking” is written by by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird. I have listened to the audio version of this book. The authors present an approach to effective thinking with 5 parts – fire, earth, water, air and change. “Fire, Earth, Water and Air” are concerned with how to effectively challenge a notion and actively participate in questioning an approach (like “what if”,”what’s correct”, “what’s wrong”). Through this inquiry one could try to challenge and solve problems. One should be willing to “change” to develop this inquiry mindset.

Rating: 3/5. The ideas presented are well known already. The presentation of book is good and concise.

Book Review : Creating Capabilities

“Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach” is  written by Martha C. Nussbaum. I have listened to the audio version of the book. This topic is something of a new to me. It is mainly concerning subject of humanity and economics. She discusses on the topics of constitution, laws, social equality, human rights, gender equality. Her main concern is with people belonging to the undeveloped and developing economies where people are driven by many social and political stigmas. Through the book she tries to distinguish her approach to developing human capabilities to that of Amartya Sen. In the end she feels the developed nation should support the cause of developing capabilities of less privileged economies.

Rating: 3/5. The perspective of the book seems really good. But the presentation does not stir the soul, not for first time readers to this subject.

Book Review : The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

“The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You” is written by John C. Maxwell. I have listened to an audio version of this book. Its a very concise book describing on the 21 principles the people wanting to be leader may need to follow. He takes up  each of these law with some example of great people from history or himself, trying to follow the laws.

Rating: 3.5/5. A good book with lot of advice, the best part being :- keeping the topics concise and having relevant examples to support.

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.