Body Language

I think I have already read this one. But still read it to make sure. Finished it in my journey from kolkata to hyderabad yesterday.

Body Language

By Julius Fast

Rating: 2/5

Being an psychology enthusiast, books like these naturally attract me. After reading it I am not sure whether I read it or not. Though, I found the reason for that – the research & findings given in the book have aged for the present times. There are much better & more enlightening research on the cause & effects, meanings, perceptions of body language. And it is mostly western(American) based, so again disappointed that nothing on Indian psych is researched anywhere yet.

Julius Fast starts the book with giving the reader introduction to a new stream of science – Kinesics. It gives example of how the body language gets misinterpreted by people from different culture & profession. Then it moves to the boundary hypothesis of humans, like an animals’ territorial conceptions. The different areas or zones of introverts & extroverts are looked into. Three chapters deal with this space & its invasion. After that the Masks com in focus. The facial masks/expressions which people wear to hide, to confront, to comfort, to restrict e.t.c. Then the language of touch is explored – how a touch can show a persons’ character. Language of LOVE is the heading for the next chapter – well, I will say it was not even in its infancy stage.( There are lots of research available on that- mostly western, but I find they work in Indian context also many times).
The last few chapters deal with small pointers of Kinesics viz – positions,points,postures,winking,blinking and nods. I am sure you must be knowing almost all of it by now. They are just common sense observations & it is amateur ‘psychology’ enthusiasts first reads/observations. The last chapter deals with new language being developed to study Kinesics. And the various use & abuse of such studies becoming generalist.( They can never be – it has been sort of proved by the failure of teleological science in practical world.)

So my suggestion, you can pick it up if you really want to. But there are much better & fresh studies on the same matter.( And I am not pointing to the popular – Men from Mars & Women from Venus). There are lots of them available now – ‘best’ start with Dan Ariely books.

Arigato 🙂

P.S – I have read almost 15-17 books while I was away from blogging. What do you guys suggest – should I post there review also?


Ethics, Business and Society

I was lazying around with this one. Only took 6hr long stint.

Ethics, Business and Society: Managing Responsibly

Edited By Anana Das Gupta

Rating: 4/5

There are some books which can be read both for pleasure and for knowledge. Well, I get pleasure in reading such stuff. This book is really well presented and easily readable.

The book is a compilation of papers & articles written by prominent contributors like N.Balasubramanian, Parthasarathi Banerjee, Arindam Banik and others. The book is divided into two Sections .

First section presents the broader canvas on Society,Business and Ethics.The basic concepts can be understood very easily from the first paper. The relations & connections are presented in such a manner that anybody can grasp it. Second chapter covers the continuum of changing definition of Governance & Economic Development. The next six chapters give different case studies on topics of Corporate Philanthropy, CSR( Corporate Social Responsibility), Technical Education, Management Education and Civil Society.

Second section is concerned with the future vision and role of Ethics in Business and CSR.  Stakeholder management promotion of CSR by Usha Jumani is interesting & illuminating. Next two chapters deal with perspectives in Environment and Science & Tech. Prasad Kaipa’s Indian Model of Leadership pointed to many ignored points but there is no clear solutions stated there. Any suggestions would have been appreciable. The chapter on Gandhian Perspective provides a rejuvenated outlook for Gandhi’s viewpoint in the present context of Business & Government ethics. The last chapter makes a point about importance of having independent directors on the company board.

This is a really good book to gain some insight about topics of ethics,CSR e.t.c. I would surely recommend it to anyone interested in non-fiction books.

From point of UPSC preparation, GS-4 paper – this book may or may not help. There is no clarity about GS4 paper this year. So it doesn’t hurt to have some more knowledge. If you have time, you can go through it. At least you will have better perspective on the same issues, plus there are some suggestions provided in the case studies.

Check it if you are interested.

Arigato 🙂