Books I Recommend : Sanjay Anandaram

“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!

» Buy


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.

» Buy 


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.

» Buy


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.

» Buy


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.

» Buy


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.

» Buy

Books I Recommend: Sujayath Ali, Voonik Founder.

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. –P.J. O’Rourke

In our attempt to bring more perspective to the NextBigWhat community, we started Books I Recommend weekly series, wherein we bring in several DOERs and founders to share the books they recommend to the community.

Today, we have Sujayath Ali, Voonik founder share his recommendations.
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
This is the best how-to-manual for running a startup. The best lesson I got from this book was that there is always a move. You learn that startup CEOs should not play the odds. When you are building a company, you must believe there is an answer.
Great by Choice
A quote from this book is there in our office wall and it summarises what this book is about. “Victory awaits him who has everything in order; luck people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.”
The Outsiders
Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success – These Unorthodox CEOs were not famous but produced better returns than the celebrated CEOs such as Jack Welch. This book talks about capital allocation being the key tool for a CEO.
Only the Paranoid Survive
This book is a must-read on strategic inflection points and how to go through them. You need to plan the way a fire department plans: It cannot anticipate where the next fire will be, so it has to shape an energetic and efficient team that is capable of responding to the unanticipated.
The PayPal Wars
This book talks about how PayPal was built amidst many adversities. You can learn about pivots, merging with competition, setting mission-driven culture, agility in responding to adverse situations, and more.

Books I Recommend: Shashank ND, Practo.

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. – Anna Quindlen

In our attempt to bring different perspectives and enable the NextBigWhat audience to learn new new things, we have started a weekly series (every Tuesday) called ‘Books I Recommend‘. This is the latest installment.

Today, we have Shashank N D, Practo founder and CEO share his recommendations.

My inventions by Nicola Tesla

Nikolas Tesla’s patents and theoretical work helped form the basis of wireless communication and radio.
He is also known for his high-voltage, high-frequency experiments in New York and Colorado Springs, experiments in X-rays, and his ill-fated attempt at intercontinental wireless transmission in his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project.
» Buy from Amazon.
Adds Shashank: An autobiography, which gives one an understanding of what Tesla was going through while he came up with his world changing inventions.

Zero to One by Peter Thiel.

The book Zero To One is about nurturing the next big idea to build a valuable global company. The author recalls how certain innovative ideas were incubated and how people behind them dared to dream big and even did realize some of them.
This book also compiles the startups culture as discussed by Peter Thiel in his lecture for Stanford University students in 2012 with details about various other aspects of entrepreneurship.
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Adds Shashank: A classic. First principle thinking at its best.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

‘For most gulls it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.’
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the most celebrated inspirational fable of our time, tells the story of a bird determined to be more than ordinary. This bestselling modern classic, reissued with a beautiful new cover design, is a story for people who want to follow their dreams and make their own rules and has inspired people for decades.
Adds Shashank: An amazing story of the price one has to pay to be a contrarian, to try out something new. It is a quick read but it left a huge impression on me.
» Buy from Amazon

Tool of Titans by Tim Ferries.

The book contains lessons from highly successful people like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Malcolm Gladwell, Tony Robbins, etc. For every situation that you meet in your life, take a flip of the pages and you will find something that will help you immediately.
This book is compiled from the interviews done by Timothy Ferriss, but as he himself proclaims, it is far more than just interviews.
Adds Shashank: It is a good compilation of tools and techniques used by the best in the world in their day to day lives to overcome their difficulties and achieve greatness.
» Buy from Amazon.

The Founder’s Mentality by Chris Zook.

Why is profitable growth so hard to achieve and sustain?  Most executives manage their companies as if the solution to that problem lies in the external environment–find an attractive market, formulate the right strategy, win new customers.
Based on the authors’ decade-long study of companies in more than 40 countries, The Founder’s Mentality demonstrates the strong relationship between these three traits in companies of all kinds–not just start-ups–and their ability to sustain performance.
Adds Shashank: A good read for those who are running high growth startups and looking to tackle complexity while scaling.

Books I Recommend : Paras Chopra

In our attempt to bring different perspectives and enable the NextBigWhat audience to learn new new things, we have started a series called ‘Books I Recommend‘. This is the third installment.

Paras Chopra : Books I Recommend
Paras Chopra : Books I Recommend
Today, we share book recommendations* by Paras Chopra, founder and CEO of Wingify, one of the finest bootstrapped tech startup from the country. (more…)