The One Invisible Code – Sharat Sharma – Review

Self-help books have been evolving. The genre, as a whole, has also been constantly evolving for many years. Earlier, it used to be the successful author telling the readers why they are mediocre and why one has become successful. In short, harassing the readers because they are reading the book by a successful person. Later, gradually, it changed and anyone began sharing his or her ideas to become successful. Today, here we stand, self-help genre has penetrated not only our professional but also the personal life and we have many authors who tell us what to do, what not to do, how long to sleep and how long to work… it might be very difficult to pick the best book in the self-help or motivational genre for the purposes you want to read. And in this article, I will be reviewing a book by Sharat Sharma, The One Invisible Code, that has really helped me focus on my goals after realising them and also understanding myself – self-awareness.

The author, in this book, surprisingly, has focused more on the realisation of one’s abilities and weaknesses rather than focusing on himself, other successful persons or anything else. In short, at the centre of The One Invisible Code, the readers will find themselves and this is not only unique but also very courageous to do. In turn, for the readers, this becomes very helpful as they can understand the real problems, ideas, vision, goals and action plans that is subjectively theirs…

There are 10 chapters in the book and all of them are related to each other. You read the fist and you are prepared for the second, you read the second and you are pushed to third… so on and so forth. And therefore, I would also advise the readers to go through all these chapters in a consecutive manner. You have to read them all one by one, in the traditional order. The chapters are prepared in a very unique style. There is a code or rather a template that continues throughout the book. The ‘lesson’ breaks with a character Joy who starts discussing various ideas, confusions and issues with his master, a learned person it seems, who has all the answers. Joy, the character, seems to be an embodiment of the readers who are looking for answers to various questions related to their lives. After the story or the discussion, you will see many big-small sections with ideas, propelling thoughts, actions to take, tasks to solve. In short, the author wants you to understand the ideas and take actions.

I would also prefer this book because it is rather practical and viable. Compared to other books that might talk about things which are practically not possible, this one tells you to embrace the reality as it is and take appropriate actions to change things to the order you like. For example, many authors tell the readers simply to ignore negativity around you, ignore your weaknesses and move ahead with positive ideas only. However, it is not possible! On the other hand, Sharat Sharma, a motivational coach himself, tells the readers to embrace the reality, embrace their weaknesses and strengths, realise their actual position and then work hard, according to the plan, to change things around oneself… and this is what practically motivated persons do and suggest others to do.

And finally, The One Invisible Code, the book being discussed, is a book that is almost animated. It engages the readers on all possible fronts and inspires them to act, to think, to plan and to execute. The author is merely a coach that instigates… you will see the same once you begin reading the book yourself. There are images that relate to the topics being discussed, there are pictures that depict plans and vision, there are tables and columns, there are many other things that resemble action and inspire the same. There are also exercises, solutions, practical tasks… you will surely appreciate the author and this book once you read it! And I am not being an overt admirer in adding a 5/5 rating with this book! You will surely like it! Go ahead and get a copy now!

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Review by Mugdha for The Book Blog

Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki – Review

Robert Kiyosaki has boomed to the heights of finance education around the world after the publication of his book Rich Dad Poor Dad – an imaginary account of two dads of him based on some personal experiences through which he tries to teach the readers basic and advanced skills of financial management that will offer them stability and wealth in the short and long run; the author thinks so. There have been many pro and anti voices in the support of this acclaimed title as well as to oppose this bestselling book. However, only a personal reading of the book can bring the best version of one’s opinion about this widely sold and largely read book. So, here is my review of the book.

Robert Kiyosaki is a popular and established author today. He is also a person who has become synonymous with financial education for youths and the ones who need it. However, there are the key factors in the book that has attracted several praises for him. At the same time, nevertheless, there are many critics, business leaders and investors who have turned their backs to the book and criticised Kiyosaki for his ignorance about financial knowledge and misleading content in the book that is ‘dangerous’ as well.

Reading the book is easy as the author has used very simple language in it. He did not take the classic and traditional root of becoming the person sitting on a high horse and sermonising others walking on the ground to do something extraordinary. Robert Kiyosaki has rather gone for a personalised conversation in this book that takes the course of semi-fiction loaded with some facts and some imagination to take the discourse ahead and make people understand how money plays the double-bluff in life – lack of it and having it, both are evils at the core – the author tells.

The author claims that ‘Money is one form of power’ and he may be right here. However, it also deludes the idea that we should refrain from being overambitious about power because power, eventually, corrupts people. The author has used stories, anecdotes from his memories, some real and some imaginary scenarios from his life to make the readers understand his point of views. Largely, he has been successful as a conveyor of ideas. However, how successful the ideas are is subject to debate and discuss at length. I find the book interesting but, most of the times, not very inspiring. It just leads you to a single thought that being educated is not enough unless you have an entrepreneurial mindset and a hard-working attitude.

Nevertheless, the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad is worth reading. You can get a copy of this bestselling book from Amazon. The link to the book is below:

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review by Nishant Sinha for The Book Blog

Ignited Minds

There are people like APJ Abdul Kalam who are truly a blessing for the nation. An out and out patriot, a scientist and our beloved former president of India, Kalam was no less an author than the bestsellers of today. His books always gained the praise and critical appreciation. Today, I will be talking about a book which ignited so many minds in the country – yes, Ignited Minds, published in 2002 and authored by Abdul Kalam.

“A true patriot’s guide to a better nation” this is the apt phrase to describe the book Ignited Minds in short. We all know like all others that any nation consists of its people. And with their collective efforts, a nation can accomplish toughest of its goals very easily. Kalam was always in love with the youth population of the country and he always aspired to inspire them to do something better for India. Ignited Minds, in a book form, is nothing but the embodiment of his ever-enchanting idea that Indian youths should come ahead and take the stead.

True, the book revolves around the ideas, thoughts, dreams etc… and it has been divided into eleven chapters. There are chapters which convey different messages to the readers but out of those eleven, chapter ‘To The Countrymen’ delivers an entirely personalised message of Kalam to the citizens of India – the youths in particular. Other chapters that I would like to discuss are – Patriotism beyond Politics and Religion and Getting the Forces Together. What do we see today? Our armed forces do surgical strikes and we have the politicians and religious self-proclaimed leaders who are there to question the army’s valour! This is exactly not what Kalam envisioned. He always wished that national machinery could function together, collectively, to ensure that we are protected against our outsider enemies. However, we seem to have lost the message and somewhat decoded it wrongly! Still, India is still in the need of nationalism which goes beyond politics and religion. Getting our forces together is another beautiful chapter that I liked. It gives us the ideas how can we collectively achieve even the bigger goals and fulfill our ambitions for the national interest.

In short and to conclude, the book Ignited Minds by APJ Abdul Kalam, our always beloved former president, gives us the message of motivation and moving ahead. It does not tell us to stop and wait for the opportunity; it propels us to grab the opportunity or to create the opportunity. We are a nation of billion dreams but we must have some common national goals that we must aspire for achieving. We are by the nation and so, we must do something good for the nation which has given us and our ancestors the shelter and a name – Indians! I loved this book and there is nothing which holds it back! A must read for the Indians and especially the young Indians.