Book I Listened This Year – 2021 Edition

It has been a tradition where I note down the books that I have read during the year. I decided to make it public last year and decided to continue this year. The books (and podcasts) that I listen are how I would like to measure progress in the learning department. Here is a rundown of books that I listened on Audible.

Health-Focused books

This year’s highlight was I decided to double down on a set of books focused on how I could tackle obesity and help reverse my wife’s diabetes. So I went down the rabbit hole after reading “Why we get fat” by Gary Taubes and watched 10s of videos on Youtube. Also, I read books on reversing Diabetes, and my learnings from the books and videos are summarized here “Why would we all get Diabetes?“. These are the 4 books on health and food that I listened to this year.

  1. Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes
  2. The Diabetes Code: Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally
  3. (if you do not have Diabetes, then you can read) The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss, this is the version of the Diabetes code aimed at Obesity
  4. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs

If one were to ask me one book to read to get the basics right, it would be “The Obesity Code” , I would also recommend the Youtube channels of Pradeep Jamna Das,  Dr. Eric Berg, and Dr. Sten Ekberg. They have great videos to get specific insights on various aspects of food and health.

Other books this year

The other books that I listened to this year are given below, I have listed them in the order of learnings for me.

The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel: If there is a book that I recommend everyone read, it is this masterpiece. I always thought I knew a lot about finance and stocks, but the 19 stories in this book blew away that misconception. Highly recommended for everyone who wants to handle personal finance, even pros will learn a lot from this book.

Talks On Gita by Vinoba Bhave: As someone who has never completed the reading of Bhagavad Gita despite many attempts, I was blown away by the simplicity of the language used by Vinoba Bhave. The book is a translation of Vinobha’s talks in Marathi on Gita during his time in jail. I discovered this gem from “One Percent Podcast featuring Manish Chokhani.” Highly recommended read. It is a small book costing Rs 49!

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl  –  Finally finished this masterpiece of a book, this was a book given to me by my father around 15 years back, but somehow, I never finished the book. But then, when I discovered the Audible version of this book, I decided to complete this book. It is a must-listen book; I will listen to this again next year!

On Writing Well by William Zinsser – I got to this masterpiece quite late, wondering how I missed reading this book for so long. The audio version of the book is just 2 hours but carries a wealth of insight on writing. Highly recommend this book for anyone over 12 years of age; it does not matter if one wants to become a writer it will help improve writing in every aspect of your life. The book has many gems; a few of them are.

  • Writing is thinking on paper; A clear piece of writing reflects the clarity of the person’s thought.
  • There is only one person for whom you write, that is you. This is so insightful!
  • Writing shows your personality, never imimitate anyone’s style and making it dishonest; readers see through it. If you like someone’s writing style, you like their personality.

Blitz Scaling by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh – After hearing about the audacious plans of Ola Electric, a friend recommended that I read this book to understand what Ola Electric is planning to achieve. It is a good book on scaling your business lightning fast by using large amounts of capital from VCs. The execution and speed are your primary differentiation in the markets.

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely  – A masterpiece on consumer psychology, this is a must-read for anyone in marketing. It has good insights that have changed my ideas on many topics this year.

Breath by James Nester is a fascinating treatise on the art of breathing; it provides a scientific explanation of how chanting a hymn or mantra helps in improving one’s health. In addition, it explains why breathing techniques like SudarshanKriya work. 

Anything You Want 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers.  I keep revisiting every time I think about entrepreneurship, a concise book with 40 different stories that provide great motivation on being an entrepreneur.

The Courage To Be Disliked: by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga  – It is a book about a conversation between a student and a philosopher who teaches the Adlerian school of psychology. The format used is pretty interesting as it explores the school of Adlerian psychology engagingly. 

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