“My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.” –Abraham Lincoln.
With every edition of Books I Recommend series, we bring to you different perspectives and varied topics. Today, we have Sanjay Anandaram, angel investor and mentor share his book recommendations.
“Fermat’s Last Theorem” by Simon Singh.
For over 350 years, proving Fermat’s Last Theorem was the most notorious unsolved mathematical problem, a puzzle whose basics most children could grasp but whose solution eluded the greatest minds in the world. In 1993, after years of secret toil, Englishman Andrew Wiles announced to an astounded audience that he had cracked Fermat’s Last Theorem. He had no idea of the nightmare that lay ahead.
The importance of perseverance, cross-domain synthesis and passion that led to the solution of the most recalcitrant math problem for 350 years!
India: A Sacred Geography
India: A Sacred Geography is the culmination of more than a decade’s work from the renowned Harvard scholar Diana L. Eck. The book explores the sacred places of India, taking the reader on an extraordinary trip through the beliefs and history of this rich and profound place, as well as providing a basic introduction to Hindu religious ideas and how those ideas influence our understanding of the modern sense of “India” as a nation.
An idea of India before there was an India, a set of thoughts, motivations, compulsions, beliefs, travels, desires, callings that really make India the great “civilizational state” it is.
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Name of the Rose is not only a narrative of a murder investigation but an astonishing chronicle of the Middle Ages.
A mystery- murder book set in medieval Europe, of semiotics and the evolution of debate-argumentation that exposed the nature of the relationship between Church, state and people.
The Future of Freedom by Fareed Zakaria
A modern classic that uses historical analysis to shed light on the present, The Future of Freedom calls for a restoration of the balance between liberty and democracy and shows how politics and government can be made effective and relevant for our time.
The importance of understanding the subtle interplay between freedoms, liberties, markets and structures.
Morality of Markets by Michael Sandel
Can businesses abandon the axiom that the customer is always right when consumers start questioning the ethics of business practices? Professor Craig Smith examines the theory and practice of ethical purchase behaviour, a crucial mechanism for ensuring social responsibility in business. He explains how and why consumers have used their purchasing power to influence corporate policies and practices.
The inherent immorality of markets and the nature of choice.
Affluenza by Oliver James
There is currently an epidemic of ‘affluenza’ throughout the world – an obsessive, envious, keeping-up-with-the-Joneses – that has resulted in huge increases in depression and anxiety among millions. Over a nine-month period, bestselling author Oliver James travelled around the world to try and find out why. He discovered how, despite very different cultures and levels of wealth, affluenza is spreading.
The link between material wealth, the purpose, genuine-ness, authenticity and society.