I read these two books last month: “Shit Happens” by Karan Puri & “Games Indians Play” by V Raghunathan. Both are really small & easy read; hardly takes an hour or two to complete them.
I bought “Games Indians Play” because i thought it’s a book on behavioral economics with Indian perspective & data.Alas! it was nothing like that. After reading books like Kahnman’s “Thinking Fast & Slow” . It just didn’t stand anywhere near behavioral economics. It was still presenting the prisoners dilemma & Game theories.It was a general take on Indian diaspora with very few data & facts taken from IIMs class experiments.I consider that as not a representative of Indian mindset, after all they are best minds of country.What about the others. It would have been great if some substantive data of some marketing research was used.Most of the book is filled with questions that we would like to get answer.Why we Indians behave like this?? Even i could have thought of all the things written in it(or should i say i have thought on the same lines when reading western books) . However, i felt good that some behavioral book on indian mindset was written by V. Raghunathan.Book was an easy read & short & didn’t need much graymatter to understand what he has presented in it. Go for this book if you would like to see ‘a little’ perspective on Indian Mindset.[link]
Shit! Shit! Shit!. That’s all i said when i read “Shit Happens“.I don’t like fiction novels & that also a love story with an Bollywood type story line.I was cursing myself why did i read it.It didn’t took much time but still WHY!!!.As the the full title says “Desi Boy in America”. The boy goes to america & meets a girl & falls in love yada yada yada. To make it attractive some sexual encounters with funny situations of shitting. I would just say it was a light hearted fun book.There was nothing in the book to even consider worth writing here.That’s all.Nothing more. If you like this type of books go for it .<i dont recommend though>[link]
After reading these two books & specially ‘Shit Happens’, i started to think, man anyone with a will & patience to write a book can write one. There was nothing even in the ‘Games Indians Play’which added anything to my knowledge. So, who ever has some skill & desire to tell a story in written form – please write your book. It’s even getting easier to publish online.And after these two books – the standard is not too high.Even i am also thinking to write some small book or anything.What concerns me is that, if such standard books are getting published & being sold for around Rs150-250, what will happen if many Indians start writing such stuff.Ít wouldn’t take anyone to go anywhere as in India a lot of “Shit Happens”;after all we still dont know ‘What Games we Indians Play’.
Just like this small picture, the book was short & succinct. It is a self-help or management book.It uses the metaphor of monkeys to present the triumphs & trials to become a Monkey King.The story unfolds with a monkey in career crisis, he gets some advise by an older monkey on leadership.Then just like the Robin Sharma’s Monks book moves – the same happens here also.Slowly the monkey is presented with the Trials one faces & Actions one should take to become a King.Then it presents it with the scrolls of wisdom & finally the monkey meets the present Monkey King; voila another lesson and book ends presenting a Happily Ever After.There also comes a Mind Map poster with the book , which is the summary of the book.
I think they chose the Monkey metaphor because of its relevance for the behavior of people & also the main part was of the monkey experiment( a real psychological experiment done on monkeys).The best moment from the book was the extension of the experiment; i never heard that part of experiment i think it was created for the book only.It showed how a brave monkey changes the culture whose origin everyone has forgotten . The next best thing was the encounter with the monkey king, where he tells that he didn’t expected that he will move ahead after getting all the wisdom.The one who dares to move ahead becomes the King.The scenarios presented as banana tree environment, swamp & mirror were really good metaphors.The messages are direct but well presented by the use of symbolism in a Monkey World.Overall book was a good read but felt heavy on price.(Now its just Rs100(link) – i foolishly bought it in 250 😦 )
Having said all that i didn’t found any-new piece of information or knowledge from it.I think I’ve already read an ample number of this type of books & they propound the same teachings.I have a problem with all this ” being successful as a King ” ideology.Being a King supports an inflated ego & a King may slip into becoming a tyrant with time.When the people demand equality how becoming a king solves this? Can everyone become a King as being a King represents a hierarchy & not equality ? I am still waiting to read or learn something which present each person as a King & how things works if everyone is a King.
Procrastination & Forgetfulness – the reasons due to which i was not able to post anything in my ‘Read’ section.SO, today i am going to include 3 books in a single post.These books i started when i was in Bangalore & completed reading when i came to Kolkata viz.Except the first one other two are short, so didn’t took much time.
Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway – By Susan Jeffers.
DIP – By Seth Godin.
That is All I have to Say – By Swapan Seth.
The First one was introspective in nature for me & helped me in analyzing my own behavior & understand better the psychology of fear.One may get the idea of how to control or transform the fear into a productive manifestation.But only 25% of the content was satisfying for me as there were many stories of people & steps to act on.Although the reason might be my previous knowledge of psychology(as i like reading it) which made most of the points redundant for me.The book was worth reading.
DIP- just like when you you throw a wooden plack in water and it goes down & comes up again.You can imagine the Dip there.This 1hr read can be easily summed into(as given in the book itself):
“All successes are the same All failure too.We succeed when we do something remarkable.We fail when we give up too soon.We succeed when we are the best in the world at what we do.We fail when we get distracted by tasks we don’t have the guts to quit.”
A little overpriced but still a good read.For me it was the same Karma Theory in a different angle.
The Last one is some personal wisdom of Swapan Seth. As Seth works in advertising, the look & feel of the book was Cool & Impactful. The content though, mmmm….., what can i say it was personal.So no comments on that.It may make you ponder over the events similar to his in one’s life.The book is a quicky, worth keeping on a showcase.:P