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The Psychology of Price – Book review

Leigh Caldwell is an expert in pricing and behavioral economics. He wrote an engaging book titled  “The Psychology of Price” . Book only talks about how to set price for a product and how to manage it. The book has 19 chapters in it and right from the first chapter, the author explains various aspects of pricing using a story of “Chocolate tea-cup” product made by Maggie. Even though the story is fictional the lessons are real.


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Jugaad Innovation – Book review


Companies like Whirlpool spend money like water to bring in a new product that amuse people and also spends crores of rupees to develop and market it. A refrigerator made by the company is costing around 10,000 rupees and you must have electricity support. Taking all the points into his mind, Mr.Prajapathi developed a clay refrigerator which will just cost you Rs.3000 and that don’t require electricity after this wonderful innovation he started his own venture called Mitticool Industries. What an idea sir ji?? Whether these are the lines that you are uttering after reading the story? If yes, then you like Jugaad Mindset. The good news is that we have book to explain about Jugaad Innovation.

Jugaad a Hindi word that trends now in the business world and it’s going to set the future trend of business for sure. Three Indians (Navi Radjou, Jaideeep Prabhu & Simone Ahuja) who worked on this trend and captured insights about Jugaad wrote the book “Jugaad Innovation” which showcased exemplary works of many people with Jugaad mindset. The book starts with explaining the meaning of the word Jugaad by quoting Mitticool Industry story. Continue reading

What Young India Wants – Book Review

Chetan Bhagat, best-selling author in India who has penned One Night at the Call Center, 3 mistakes of my life, 5 point someone, Revolution 2020, 2 States and now it’s What Young India Wants. If you are fascinated by the fictional work of Chetan certainly you would have bought this book with interest to have a look at it.

“What young India wants” is a book that revolves around Indian Development from the view of the author. It’s not a complete work as such like the earlier books, this book is the collection of articles and columns in several newspapers. The book starts with the brief introduction about Chetan Bhagat and his journey which led him to become an author. After this the book has categorized into three sections 1) Society 2) Politics 3) Our Youth. Continue reading

Alexander the Great – Tamil Book review

Amazing, amazing, amazing book I have read till now, only because of Alexander the Great. After reading several English books my mind got diverted to read books that are available in my Mother tongue Tamil. You feel good while you read books in your own language. You travel with the story faster and understand every small piece of information clearly. Likewise a small idea helped Alexander to establish himself in front of his father Philip II Macedon. The book starts with explaining Alexander mounting and taming the horse which was a big head ache for many warriors. At the age of 13, Alexander did this scintillating work. For this great achievement Philip bought the horse and gifted it to Alexander, later he name the horse as Becephalus and was very affectionate with the horse. 

Alexander Taming Bucephalus

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Karupu Vellai (Black and White) – Book review.

When you read this book you will understand why the word called “Discrimination” came into this world. It’s not that discrimination is new to this world which came after this book, because we are living in the world of discrimination right from the genesis of human beings. Even today we will be able to see many problems because of discrimination. The days mentioned in this book was the dark days of “Blacks”, this book doesn’t talk only about discrimination but it talk about a man who spent his entire life to eradicate discrimination, to defend the rights of Blacks, to create an equality among human beings. Hope you got his name, he is the great “Martin Luther King”. Continue reading

Sirpiye unnai sethukukiren – Book review

“Sculpting the Sculptor” is the English translation for the title of the book. This book is targeted to Youngsters who are in between 18 – 24 years old. The book has 16 chapters covering different topics that can kindle the senses of Youngsters. Book was written by “Kaviperarusu Vairamuthu“. The words choosen by him will certainly make the youngster to think, boil the blood, makes clarity and creates awareness about life. This book is written only for the age group in between 18 – 24 but the quotes will certainly teach people who needs motivation. Continue reading

Ayeesha – A Short Tamil Story- Book Review

The book is so thin and have only 24 pages, it conveys a enormous information about student teacher relationship. The story starts with a note from a teacher who narrates the day spent with Ayeesha. Ayeesha is a brilliant girl and she is an exemplary example of a student. She is supported by her aunty since she lost her mom and dad. Ayeesha is very active in the class and ask thought provoking questions to the teachers that makes many teachers annoyed. She is been canned by many teachers because of asking question, the only teacher who helped her is none but the teacher who writes this story. Continue reading

Stupid Guy Goes to India – Book Review

When you visit a country you will certainly have a purpose. Yes, Yukichi Yamamatsu is a Manga artist comes to India by 2004 to market his Manga books. Manga is a Japanese word meaning “Comic / Cartoons”. Adults in India don’t have the habit of reading comic books, this strikes Yukichi brain which led him to fly from Japan. As he reached India (New Delhi) he faces a lot of cultural conflicts and undergoes a serious trouble, he has captured the entire happenings through his comic book “Stupid Guy Goes to India”

Yukichi Yamamatsu with his book

When I ordered this book, I really didn’t have any idea about this book. When I received this book I opened and found the front cover reading, “Hey, This is the back cover”. This is the first cultural conflict which made Yukichi to spend one and half years in India to market the book.
Yes this book has to read from the back and that too you will have to read from right to left. I got used to it and I was travelling from Chennai to Salem, a passenger took this book and even I asked him to read from the back. He found it very hard and gave me the book after reading two pages.
After reaching India, Yukichi stays in a Hotel and orders food for him after having a single spoon of food he found it too spicy. The way he depicted in the picture will certainly make anyone to laugh. Later he will find difficulty to get the right auto person also when he changes the auto person there will a conflict between those two auto men. Whenever he goes out people will approach him to sell something at higher price. Since he came with an idea to sell books here, he wanted to take a rented house and stay there. He will not get a house at his budget range of Rs.4500. All the brokers will show him the house at Rs.8000. The houses shown at Rs.4500 will be filthy and it’s of no good.

A page from the book

At last he will find a good house to settle. After that his night mare starts, he will now try to translate his Manga book, for that he will search for many Japan school to find out people who can work for Part Time. Also to find the printing press at his cost, he will spend a lot of time. Once the book is translated with lot of hurdles he will try to sell it in the market. Everyone will come and look at his book, but there is no history of sales. Frustrated Yukichi will do some other business to gain money; he will buy cello tapes and makes an addition to it with steel plates to make it easy to tear.  At least those cello tapes sold a little bit but not his books. The only happiness left when he leaves India is winning Rs.5000+ by betting on horse races.
There is a lot of interesting facts given in the book in a humorous way, so it’s now time for the adult in India to buy comic books and read 🙂

The Last Lecture – Book review

How to achieve your childhood dreams

What will you do if you have short time to live? is the question posted by the Author Randy on the back cover of the book. Yes, Randy is not a normal human being who lived on earth, he was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer yet that didn’t let him down. He lived with positive spirits to turn the world with his great speech named “The Last Lecture”

Chloe Stands On Daddy Hand

I ordered this book after viewing “Randy Pausch” video in Youtube that he presented in Oprah as well as after the full lecture given at Carnegie Mellon University.

Randy has two face one is as a parent his is so caring, his wife name is Jai, he has three children named Dylan, Logan and Chloe. Next one is as a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University he has done lots of wonders in making students to understand Virtual Reality.  That’s a normal thing Professor’s or as a parent do in a day-to-day life, but How Randy is different?

Randy after diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer wanted to settle down peacefully with his wife and children to take rest.  Yet , when he quit the job at Carnegie Mellon University he was asked to give “The Last Lecture” which is normally taped by the university for their records. Randy was forced to go there because his wife Birthday fell on the same day. Even then Randy felt not to lose the chance given to him so he flies to Philadelphia with his wife and delivers The Last Lecture.

Each and every person has childhood dreams and even some people might forget what they dreamed about. Randy is not a normal person he was working hard and the professional journey is so great. In this book Randy writes about his life changing experience that will change many people’s life. Initially Randy speaks about his childhood dreams and convey the he achieved it. He is a humorous person by nature, he will definitely make you to laugh at many moments. He explained how he achieved his childhood dreams in the first part and later on his book describes about how to help someone else to achieve their childhood dreams. To quote some incidences from Randy’s life, he wanted to be at Zero gravity, certainly it’s not possible if you are an outsider. When he was at college his students got the opportunity to visit  but as a Professor also he was not able to go with his students so he gives up his teaching job and act as a journalist to travel with the students to stay in Zero gravity for a while. Like wise there are many stories behind his achievement (like getting a project in EA, working in Aladdin Project and students virtual reality projects etc etc).

“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Here he conveys us about how to make the class interesting and also how to help students to achieve their dreams. He personally acknowledges that there are road blocks in everyone life those are to test human beings whether they try to break it or they tend to stop at the place. Those who cross the road blocks are star performers. He advises every one to break the brick wall. He says his secret of success is his “hard work” and nothing else. He also understood how to motivate students and help students. You will get all the insights when you read his book. There are many quotes by Randy and one good theory called “Head fake”.

It’s all about leadership, life, professionalism, ambition, admiration, achievement, passion and personality. So it’s a must read for people who are in teaching profession also to people who want to achieve their dream.

I would to give a quote from his book to end this review.

“It’s not about how to achieve your dreams, it’s about how to lead your life, … If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

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It’s wonderful to buy a book on Steve Jobs presentation skills, there are some other reasons to buy this book. I bought this book because it’s affordable for me also my profession demands presentation skills. While flipping the pages I understood it’s worth more than the price that I have paid, this book cost me Rs.245 (i.e $5 approximately). This book also captures the entire history of Steve’s products and how he explained about the product. Here I would like to put down some points so that it can help you why you need the book. This book will help CEO’s, Managers, Teachers and even students. It doesn’t matter what your profession is or the stage that you are now in presenting and speaking to the audience.

The three things that impressed me is, first is it’s simplicity, second is putting all the information about Steve’s presentation skills and third is conveying the ways you can adopt it.

Book cover

To put down some points from they the books, it’s as follows. Your presentation should not have bullet points. Even a one word slide with or without an image is enough if you are well prepared. Have images instead to text. Speak more rather instead of reading the slides. Follow the rule of three( you will get to know what it means when you buy that book). Practice, practice and practice this is the core way to improvise your presentation skills. Video tape your presentation and check how you speak and way you express your words. Share the stage with your team or people who contributed to the product and give them space to speak. Body language of Steve’s gives confidence in the speaker, Carmine Gallo captures those moments and present it to you. Also have fun while you present, it should be appropriate for the situation.

In the last page, Carmine Gallo have explained Steve Jobs Stanford Speech that will bring in enthusiasm and energy in you.

This book is highly recommended for people who have 50 – 60 slides in their presentation. Book compares Steve jobs with Bill Gates presentation, also estimates the level of words used in the presentation. Your presentation will not be the same after you read this book.

Stay hungry, Stay foolish – Steve Jobs.