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Ignited minds: Unleashing the Power within India

I picked up my copy of Ignited minds, while traveling to Delhi from Kolkata, little did I know that, the book will indeed "fire my mind" as said by Khushwant Singh 'Ignited Minds will fire the minds of the young to whom it is primarily addressed.' in Outlook. Later I gathered from Amazon, while shopping for other books by A.P.J. Kalam, that when he wrote India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium with Y.S. Rajan in 1998, little did they expect the magnitude of the response they would get. The idea that India could actually be a developed nation in a short time rather than remain condemned to a subsistence diet of marginal improvements and promises struck a chord among readers.

This book examines why, given all our skills, resources and talents, we Indians, so obviously capable of being the best, settle often for the worst. What is it that we as a nation are missing? For at the heart of Ignited Minds is an irresistible premise: the people of a nation have the power, by dint of hard work, to realize their dream of a truly good life. 

A must read for every Indian and for every promising individual, who is ambitious and has a goal in life, because reading this book, will only polish oneself to be self motivated and be focused with ones goals. 

Contributor: Mohinder Pal Singh 
City: Kolkata
Country: India
Date: March 30, 2010
SJ315201003


The Audacity of Hope. Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

Barack Obama's first book, Dreams from My Father, was a compelling and moving memoir focusing on personal issues of race, identity, and community. With his second book The Audacity of Hope, Obama engages themes raised in his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, shares personal views on faith and values and offers a vision of the future that involves repairing a "political process that is broken" and restoring a government that has fallen out of touch with the people.

It is truly a good book, motivates us to think beyond and logically. Very inspiring for those, who want to be leaders rather than look at the moment of opportunity as a problem to be solved by others.

Contributor: Mohinder Pal Singh 
City: Kolkata
Country: India
Date: March 30, 2010
SJ315201003


The Rhythm of Life, by Matthew Kelly.


Matthew Kelly, the charismatic, speaker wants us to live life out loud and on purpose. In this expanded version of The Rhythm of Life he syntheses, cognitive psychology and storytelling to unpack the paradox of being happy. As Kelly explains, "We want to be happy. We know what makes us happy. But we don't do those things--because we are busy trying to be happy." So here's the gospel according to Kelly: Find a life-changing rhythm by choosing a central purpose and becoming "the best version of yourself."

And it truly is a lovely book, worth reading.


Contributor: Mohinder Pal Singh 
City: Kolkata
Country: India
Date: March 30, 2010
SJ315201003