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Udaykiran Joshi

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  • Rise of Kali

  • Duryodhana's Mahabharata
  • Written by: Anand Neelakantan
  • Narrated by: Siddhanta Pinto
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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    5 out of 5 stars 38

The dark age of Kali is rising, and every man and woman must choose between duty and conscience, honour and shame, life and death.... The Pandavas, banished to the forest following the disastrous games of dice, return to Hastinapura. Draupadi has vowed not to bind her hair till she washes it in the blood of the Kauravas. Karna must choose between loyalty and gratitude, friend and Guru. Aswathama undertakes a perilous mission to the mountains of Gandhara, in search of the Evil One. Kunti must decide between her firstborn and her other sons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shake your beliefs to the core.

  • By Ramchand on 16-01-19

Amazing!!

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Reviewed: 21-05-19

Anand has beautifully re-written the Mahabharat from Kaurav 's perspective! I really liked his style of writing and thought provoking narrative from both the sides. You'll be forced to think deep about what's right and what's wrong! What's Dharma & Adharma?! I had read the first part long back and was eagerly awaiting the second. It's very well worth the wait.

Siddhanth 's narrative also very good except for few female characters like Draupadi... I didn't particularly like that tone. Rest everything was great and super engaging.

Highly recommended everyone who's interested in Mythology and philosophy!

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
  • Written by: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distil vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved the logics behind why we do what we do.

  • By Priya on 13-12-18

Good insights. Helpful.

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Reviewed: 24-04-19

Good insights. Helpful read. The content was apt and enjoyed the narrative as well. The habit loop framework is really simple and good if you are struggling to get rid of a bad habit or develop a new one. Go for it.

  • The Empowered Manager, Second Edition

  • Positive Political Skills at Work
  • Written by: Peter Block
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    4 out of 5 stars 1
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Empowerment produces the conditions for high performance. Especially for middle managers and below. Empowered cultures attract and retain talent. They produce high achievement, high accountability and high commitment. The Empowered Manager uncovers a road map to creating a more accountable culture in today's fragmented and virtual world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!!

  • By Udaykiran Joshi on 19-02-19

Awesome!!

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Reviewed: 19-02-19

Loved it!! Must read! I have started listening it again. The concepts mentioned in the book are very powerful and will play a huge role in the way to build a great organization!

Clearly talks about What's Entrepreneurial mindset, patriarchal set up and how it is a hindrance for building empowered culture where each of the employees can consider themselves as the owners of the company and strive for excellence in whatever they do. Peter was able to beautifully explain why people hesitate to take up accountability and resort to the patriarchal approach and how it's not worth pursuing that route!

Politics is perceived as Bad thing in general and Peter bursts the myths around it and clearly explains the difference between positive and negative political skills! You think you don't use manipulation at work?! Read this one to figure out what's manipulation and what all subtle ways in which everyone use it.

The other important aspect of building strong positive political skills is to identify and how to deal with different types of people around you. Based on the degree of Trust and Agreement, the author categorizes them in to 5 types! Allies, Opponents, Bed fellows, Fence sitters and Adversaries! He also talks about and categorize people into different types of profiles and there characteristics.

Overall a must read for everyone (especially if you are a middle manager) who would like to learn about organizational politics and to know it's only you who is responsible for building the culture you would like to be part of!

Don't miss it!