‘So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love’ by Cal Newport: A Review

So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is one of the few books I would actually recommend in the self-help category. These are notes rather than a review. Rule #1: Don't Follow Your Passion---------------------------Passion hypothesis… Continue reading ‘So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love’ by Cal Newport: A Review

‘Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks’ by Mick Foley: A Review

Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks by Mick Foley My rating: 4 of 5 stars For me, Mick Foley's autobiography was an education in pro-wrestling. As I picked up this book a few weeks ago, I hadn't watched WWE for more than 10 years. Recently, I stumbled upon a YouTube channel… Continue reading ‘Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks’ by Mick Foley: A Review

Anthony Atkinson, Economist Whose Studies on Inequality Broke New Ground

"Thomas Piketty might be a more famous name in inequality studies today but by the time his magnum opus, Capital in the Twenty-First Century  was published in 2014, Atkinson had already clocked over 40 years of research on issues of distribution of wealth, income and property." https://thewire.in/91649/anthony-atkinson-inequality/ My article on Sir Anthony Atkinson in The… Continue reading Anthony Atkinson, Economist Whose Studies on Inequality Broke New Ground

‘A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India’ by Josy Joseph: A Review

A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India by Josy Joseph My rating: 4 of 5 stars 'A Feast of Vultures' is a collection of articles and some additional material by noted investigative journalist and national security editor of The Hindu, Josy Joseph. In three parts, Joseph describes the grime that lubricates… Continue reading ‘A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India’ by Josy Joseph: A Review

‘The Writing of One Novel’ by Irving Wallace: A Review

The Writing of One Novel by Irving Wallace My rating: 4 of 5 stars 'The Writing of One Novel' by Irving Wallace is the biography of a bestseller of his called 'The Prize', a fictional account of what happened during the course of a week before the presentation of four Nobel Prizes in Stockholm. The… Continue reading ‘The Writing of One Novel’ by Irving Wallace: A Review

‘Cough Syrup Surrealism’ by Tharun James Jimani: A Review

Cough Syrup Surrealism by Tharun James Jimani My rating: 3 of 5 stars My incentive to read 'Cough Syrup Surrealism' was the fact that the author is from Thiruvananthapuram and that somebody from the 90s era would be documenting life as we know it here. I felt ambiguous wading through numerous US and UK pop… Continue reading ‘Cough Syrup Surrealism’ by Tharun James Jimani: A Review

Formalising the Informal Economy (Part 2)

The International Labour Organisation (ILO)'s Report on Comprehensive Employment in India (1972) was the first time the term 'informal sector' was used. Initially migrant rural workers in urban areas who were the poor urban workers were referred to as those in the informal sector. In India, they have also been termed 'unregistered', 'unorganised' and 'unrecorded'.… Continue reading Formalising the Informal Economy (Part 2)