Book Reviews #1

I have started to read a lot and I figured that I could share what I read with others who might find this as a useful recommendation tool. If you have read books that are similar to these, you might recommend them to me as well.

This article is the first in the series and I review the following books:

  1. Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy by Sadhguru
  2. Rahul Dravid: Timeless Steel (Anthology) by ESPN Cricinfo
  3. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping Our Future
  4. The White Tiger

1. Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy


My rating: 5/5, Goodreads rating: 4.34/5

A phenomenal non-religious book on mysticism, yoga, well-being, inner peace, and more. It has been structured in two parts. The first part is devoted to making the reader understand the various processes in yoga and debunk myths. It also introduces readers to various dimensions and the non-physical experiences that are unknown to many. The second part of the book deals with the various aspects of what life is and gives numerous exercises and practical experiments for the readers to try and have a glimpse of “out-of-this-world” experiences.

There are a few things that I absolutely love about this book. Firstly, the way in which Sadhguru has explained some of the simplest things in life makes you understand its profound impact and makes you realize that perspectives can make an insignificant routine to a life changing experience. Secondly, this book steers far away from any religion, beautifully explaining its difference with spirituality. Thirdly, unlike most of the books, it does not stop at giving you hopes of the so-called “unrealistic expectations”. The author repeatedly asks the reader to experiment with what has been conveyed and gain the knowledge of peace, well-being and out of the body sensations through an experiential process. Finally, the anecdotes in this book are amazing. Some are witty, some are to the point, but all of them successfully convey the intended message to the reader.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned a lot from it. It is not a manual to bliss and harmony but a catalog of what is possible. There aren’t any step-wise procedures but that is something the reader is expected to explore, experiment and seek post reading the book.

Best quote from the book: “Yoga is not about being superhuman; it is about realizing that being human is super.”

2. Rahul Dravid: Timeless Steel (Anthology)


My Rating: 4/5, Goodreads Rating: 4.25/5

This book is a collection of articles about Rahul Dravid, written in a span of over a decade. These articles sum up Rahul’s life as a cricketer(mostly), as a person, and as a family man from many different people’s perspective. It is like a small window to this great achiever’s life and I got to learn a lot of things from him (indirectly of course).

His Determination, hardworking nature, strength to withstand dark moments, and most importantly his humility has been elaborated by many people who got a chance to know him. For the cricket lovers, some of these articles get technical about the game and it’s an enjoyable experience to read his stats.

The last article in this book is the speech given by Rahul at the Sir Donald Brandman Oration and I feel this could have been the best way to end this book. It’s a brilliant speech that shows his passion and concern towards cricket and also the hope of better days in the future for some forms of the game.

3. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping Our Future


My Rating: 5/5, Goodreads Rating: 4.22/5

This is a well-written biography. I always wanted to know about the man trying to change the world, and this book gave me an unbiased view on Elon and his companies. I got a complete picture of things that go behind building multiple companies that have the potential to disrupt industries. It beautifully reveals the struggle, the dedication, the drive, and ruthlessness that exists within Elon and how he uses them to his advantage, even when the whole world is against him.

One other thing I had always wondered was, how it would be working with him and this book, I found a pattern with the people working with him, what he expects from them and what they think of him. the author has interviewed many people working with him right from the top to the bottom and you can see the consistency in the employees’ drive and motivation to change the world ( not all the employees, however).

The best part about this book is that it isn’t written to glorify him, but to give an account of what he has done and how he did it. We have to analyze those facts to see if Elon is actually the person we think he Is. This is truly a journalistic masterpiece.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in entrepreneurship, technology or clean energy.

4. The White Tiger


My Rating: 3/5, Goodreads Rating: 3.71/5

This book is written in a very unique style, the whole story is conveyed through letters written to the Chinese Premier ( why specifically him, I couldn’t figure out, probably it was some inner urge he had to get his story out and share his secret one way or another)

It’s a story about a guy from a village in north India and his transformation that occurs when he becomes a driver to a wealthy man in Delhi. The story is definitely gripping and you will always be left wanting to know more about him and why he became a murderer.

The story, however, has been told in an extremely negative mindset about India from corruption to filth to poverty and makes India look like a completely chaotic place with no hope. Well, though most of it might be true, it’s not the only thing that happens. Irrespective of where you are, India has a lot to offer. you can find more good than bad unlike how it has been portrayed in this book. I would have rated this book higher if it weren’t for this negative look on India.