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Joel Greenblatt: The Big Secret for the Small Investor

This post is a summary of my learnings from Joel Greenblatt’s latest book – The Big Secret for the Small Investor. The book is a perfect guide for the novice/amateur investor to understand why money managers won’t work for her,… Continue Reading →

Li Lu on Modernization and China : Talks at Google

Li Lu, known as an investor, hedge-fund manager and one of the leaders of the Tiananmen Square Student Protests gave a talk at Google on China and its modernization. Below is a snippet of my takeaways from the talk. Notes,… Continue Reading →

‘Managing Humans’ by Michael Lopp

The book is a collection of thoughts from a Silicon Valley engineering manager, on software development, managing people, working with managers and shipping products. The content mostly rehashes his blog,, and that leads to the only valid criticism of this book… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: Antifragile by Nassim Taleb

Antifragile – a term used to mean the opposite of fragile, and denote things that gain from disorder, chaos, stressors. It is not the same thing as ‘robust’ or ‘resilient’. Fragile things are negatively impacted by uncertainty, stress. Robust things… Continue Reading →

The Snowball: Warren Buffett & The Business of Life – Book Review

The Snowball is the only ‘official’ Warren Buffett biography that was written with Buffett’s cooperation. Reading this book is an extreme form of dumpster-diving. You will find a few diamonds to hold on to for life, but that will need wading… Continue Reading →

Chaos Monkeys: Gems from Antonio Martinez’s memoir

Advice/Truisms the book provides loud and clear Psychology / Social Dealings High-level decisions, in business or government, that affect thousands of people and millions in revenue, are made eventually on: Gut feel Residue of historical politics Persuasive messages (or the… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: Deep Work: Rules for focused success in a distracted world

The ability to concentrate intensely and produce at an elite level is getting more and more valuable (as other jobs get outsourced and eliminated) at the same time that it is getting rarer (reduced attention span and lack of focus… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: The Happiness Advantage

Seven principles from the book: The happiness advantage: Happiness does not follow success. The reason is that each time we are successful, we change the goals (the definition of success) just a little bit so happiness remains a moving target…. Continue Reading →


The iron gates, the daunting locks, The nauseating chains, the bolts and knobs Each of them checked, every path blocked The guard let out a relieved sigh. “Much at stake ‘ere, can’t afford to be lax” Deep, dark secrets the… Continue Reading →

Science Fiction – Echoes from the Unknown

There is a lot to write about the Shaastra gone  by (for those uninitiated,  it is the technical festival of my university,IIT Madras and one of a kind in India), but only if the typical CSE assignment drills would stop… Continue Reading →

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