Steal Like An Artist

“Achoo! Achoo! Achoo!”  Those were my involuntary, thunderous and embarrassing sneezes. A young lady, running towards me from the far corner of the bookstore, holding a box of tissues, said “tissue for you”, with a beautiful smile. I was very touched, “This is very nice of you. Thank you so much.” I took one piece, […]

Bring Up the Bodies

Per recommendation of a friend working in a Waterstones bookshop in England, I acquired this book about six years ago. That did not turn out well at all, as I absolutely disliked this book after reading the first bit of it only. I was in a different frame of mind, I heard myself yelling inwardly: […]

The Color Purple

I read Alice Walker’s The Color Purple during my recent trip to Arizona. My return flight was delayed just long enough for me to finish reading the book before arriving at my destination.  For each trip, my hope is to start as one person and end as another, or at least undergoing some transformation. This […]

All That Remains

All That Remains: A Life in Death is written by the renowned forensic anthropologist Sue Black, on death, mortality, and solving crimes. I read most of this book during my transatlantic flight. There was a shortage of tissues. I was acutely aware of that constraint and exercised great self-control particularly while reading her personal accounts […]

Power

This is an unusual reading choice. The little prince might say this is for grown-ups. Yet again, I do not recall how I stumbled on the book. It is definitely a great read, agreeing with or not agreeing with the author on everything. Generally speaking, I like books by academics, except on some occasions when […]

The Creative Habit

I had a couple hours of gap at Stanford after touring the photonics and quantum computing labs, and before an evening programme on campus. Habitually I walked into the bookshop and found Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit. Reading the first couple of chapters was the best way to spend that time. There is always something […]

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari’s brief history of humankind is brief enough that I could read it and listen to its audiobook in one weekend. It is long enough that my reading chair could do with shaking my weight off it. Leaving its accuracy aside, since I am not a historian myself (not yet, neither you nor […]

Exascale Computing

Throughout the multiple phases of the Exascale Initiative, when people asked me what I was working on, I kept it simple and crisp: Exascale Computing. I learned to laser-focus on the meaningful challenges and develop simplicity elsewhere in life. Today I am very proud to share with you one sweet fruit of our endeavour: the […]

A Farewell to Arms

In 1948, Hemingway added an introduction to this book, that had been originally published in 1929. In this introduction, we learn that Hemingway wrote its first draft very quickly and every day to the point of complete exhaustion such that he completed it in only six weeks. He then spent a great deal of effort […]

Productivity

I read a few articles by Robert Pozen, and the seven-part series on personal productivity by Pozen and Justin Fox, all published by Harvard Business Review. A wealth of great advice is worthy of sharing here. Pozen wrote a book called Extreme Productivity that I have not read. It is better to put great advice […]