I managed to read 35 books in 2013. Not as much as I had wanted but still more than I had read last year and the year before. Except for one or two, I found all of these books very interesting and knowledge-enhancing. And here are the top 17 of them. I found these books particularly interesting and recommend my readers not to miss them:
1.India Unbound: The Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information Age by Gurcharan Das
I had heard so much about this book and yet had not been able to get my hands on it. Therefore, it was the first book I sought and read last year. Das, a brilliant businessman and a gifted writer, recounts India journey from its independence from British colonial masters in 1947 to independence from its internal elite masters in 1991 and its transformation from an impoverished centrally planned economy into a wildly growing vibrant free-market economy. Das has done a remarkable job of explaining how Nehru's socialist dreams and his daughter's actions ended up choking every entrepreneurial urges in India, what a businessman's life was like during the "license-permit raaj" and how the reforms of 1990s were initiated and what they have achieved so far. If only, half of the Nepalese who spend time blaming India for Nepal's woes read this book and learned about India own struggles, I guess Nepal would have been a different place.
2. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mouborgne
This book kinda challenges what you have learned about competition and strategies so far. The book discusses about a new strategy, 'Blue Ocean Strategy' which is in contrast to prevailing Red Ocean Strategy where competitors have turned the ocean red with each other's blood. In Blue Ocean Strategy, you disregard the prevailing assumption about your sector and industry and try to create an entirely new market for your products or services. If implemented properly Blue Ocean Strategy would turn the competition completely irrelevant. The book has included a few examples of what blue ocean strategy is like in practice and you can Google for more case studies. All of the case studies are very very interesting. I did have several aha moments. This is a must read book for any aspiring entrepreneur!
3. The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey Into How the World's Poorest People Are Educating Themselves by James Tooley
4. Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children by John Wood
5. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
6. How China Became Capitalist by Ronald H. Coase & Ning Wang
7. Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan
8. Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford
9. The Worldly Philosophers by Robert L. Heilbroner
10. The Travels of A T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade by Pietra Rivoli
It is ,in a way, true. Almost everything is made in China these days.But wait, there is more to it. Kudos to the globalization, a thing as simple as a t-shirt which we take for granted, travels halfway through the world before it comes into being. It's travel is not only complicated but very interesting and insightful as well.Most probably, the cotton of your t-shirt was grown in Lubbock county, USA. Then, it was shipped to China where young Chinese girls gave it the shape of a t-shirt and then it traveled all over the world. I have written a long post about this book here.
11. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
Anyone who holds fascination towards Himalayas, especially the Mount Everest should read this book. It will increase their respect towards the supremo of the Himalayas.
12. The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Shroeder
13. The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier
14. प्रयोगशाला नेपाली सङ्क्रमणमा दिल्ली, दरबार र माओवादी by सुधीर शर्मा
15. Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden
16. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
17. Rework by Jason Fried and David H. Hansson
Many of those suggestions are not new but are timeless and the way they are presented makes the reader rethink about them.
Well, those are the 17 good books I read in 2013. What books did you read in 2013, Please share in the comments below. Also let me know if there are any books you think I should go through in 2014. Thank you for reading!