Review- The personal MBA by Joshua Kaufman #penguinbooks

Title- The personal MBA

Author- Joshua Kaufman

Pages- 430

Genre- self finance, self help

Publisher- Penguin books

My Rating- 4/5


There are so many self help books on personal finance. Few are centered around a single concept. Few are holistic and try to cover many basic principles. This is one of holistic works.

It has such breadth that it needs multiple readings to absorb useful things.

It is a collection of insights.
Ideas simplified, segregated, wrapped with a familiar cozy stories. Which are easy to understand and ingest like a dessert at the end of the day.

Book is Full of wriggling ideas which appear on every page.

It has a lot of Rolf dobelli in it who has written book on hidden biases. ( Art of thinking clearly).

Thete is a lot of indights from famous business books.
There is financial jargon simplified like balance sheet, overhead, simulation, friction reduction, prototyping, leverage, funding, sustainability, debt and many more things that always scared you.

Definitely everything here is accumulated wisdom from many books author has read.

Book is written in very interesting way. Rudicules professional MBA degree.

Divided into sections like dealing with yourself, dealing with others, getting better, improving systems.

There is a lot of psychology on these pages.
Few things you might have already read; but there is a heap of fresh new stuff to learn.

Thing that is not good is a bit of repetition of concepts which reappear and get entangled with each other so frequently.

An idea may appear in multiple chapters in new forms.

These books with entertaining narrative and information will always remain in business.

This is a book that should be more famous.

It hurts to see Mark Msnson’s books selling more.

This one is much more useful than those F books.

Share your views when you read it.

Review- #crimesofgrindelwald by #jkrowling #screenplay. #bookblogger

Title- Crimes of Grindelwald

Author- J k Rowling

Genre- Fantasy, screenplay

Pages- 277
.My rating – 3/5

Another screeplay.
It’s a kind of peculiar feeling.
To say whether I like to read screenplays.
They are so rigid and revel things partially.
A lot is left to imagination.
And when you watch the movie; then only we know real impact of that scene.


.They lack elements of sarcasm and introspection by characters.
.Story is less engaging than first part of Newt Scamander’s book.
It is also less funny.Little more complicated.But it was nice to read about Hogwarts and Dumbledore again.

Another story revolving around complex family tree and complex relationship between two lovers..Grindelwald shows politics of radicalisation.In guise of freedom he makes followers to disrupt harmony of the wizarding World.He uses propaganda for that. Some hint of Nazism visible in it.

Credence risking his life only to know his family tree is boggling. Instead of focussing on his extremely powerful energg he is miserable to find his mothers name.Fight scenes are well written.I thought this part will end with Grindelwald’s loss but it is a long story.

It will take its time.
Characters have been defined now story has to flow through stuttering routes to its end.
Not as enchanting as Harry Potter books; but still it has wonderful specks of imagination.

And it has traces of those 7 books; as polyjuice potion, Hogwarts, Dumbledore and elder wand appear in scheme of things.
What are your thoughts if you have read this one.

Book review- The Altitude Journal

Bio- David Mauro, Plaid Vermin publishers, 2017, 456 pages , travel and adventure.

There are few books that cling to you and let go, only when you have listened to them, all the way to last page. This book by david Mauro is fast, interesting, easy on mind and eyes and heart warming account of his pursuit, of conquering the seven tallest summits arount the world. In his own language , he is trying to catch his own tail througout and has a wish, that he should never catch it permanently.

Brief sumnary – Author a finance planner has many problems which life has thrown upon him. Unable to gather courage and determination to be face to face with them, author seeks redemption elsewhere. A way which will provide him with feeling of accomplishment, which may be shared by society and his loved ones. He then sets out on adventure of a lifetime, with the help and encouragement of his soulmates.
Battered by the life and unable to justify his existence, author sets out on a mission, he never considered in past. He chooses to walk the path, that attracts him subconsciously. He calls it, his calling.

Book describes all the events, in a enjoyable way, with pauses which analyse meaning of life and lots of interesting facts about mounteering. Reader will love self reflections of the author, along the way. He is able to touch complex topics, without being complicated. He has bloggers charisma to attach to his reader.

Accounts of papua guinea and Everest, are highlights of the book. They are informative and engaging. All other summits provide lovely insights into varied cultures

Recommended for all adult age groups and genre lovers. Photographs of author along the journey, enrich the reader’s experience. Lovely book which you will enjoy, as simple as that.

Remembering back and lots of characters to draw inspiration from. A lot of role models appear, during the pursuit.

Only drawback I noticed was, subconscious advertising of gatorade and starbucks and few descriptions of toilets during expeditions. There are few instances where you feel, story has touch of hollywood love stories. Love story of the author has elements of movie like imagination.

I will strongly recommend book to all non fiction and adventure lovers. I would have loved if book had more photographs.
My rating is 4/5