Book Reviews – SaveDelete https://savedelete.com Wed, 09 Oct 2019 08:54:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Bestseller Books Of 2019-Fiction https://savedelete.com/entertainment/bestseller-books-fiction/219677/ https://savedelete.com/entertainment/bestseller-books-fiction/219677/#respond Wed, 09 Oct 2019 08:54:02 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=219677

Books are Human’s best friend. It is the escape room for avid readers from the normal day to day life. So here are the New York Times bestseller books in the fiction category of 2019 till now. 1. Where The Crawdads Sing- Delia Owens In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, […]

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Books are Human’s best friend. It is the escape room for avid readers from the normal day to day life. So here are the New York Times bestseller books in the fiction category of 2019 till now.

1. Where The Crawdads Sing- Delia Owens

In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survives alone in the marsh becomes a prime murder suspect. This book by Delia Owens is running in the New York Times bestseller list for 54 weeks. A huge success.

2. The Institute- Stephen King

This is the recent book that is running in the New York Times bestseller for two weeks and is one of the pearls of the necklace Stephen King has given to all of his readers. The story is about children with special talents that are abducted and sequestered in an institution where the sinister staff seeks to extract their gifts through harsh methods. His minutely detailed information about the storyline makes it more surreal for the readers.

3. The Testaments- Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood’s masterpiece- The Handmaid’s Tale, is a modern classic. And now in its sequel, old secrets bring three women together as The Republic Of Gilead’s theoretic regime shows signs of decay.

Credits: The Testament

As Atwood’s The Testament unfolds, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

4. Vince Flynn: Lethal Agent- Kyle Mills

Credits: Lethal Agent

An unparalleled and terrifying biological terrorism plot threatens to kill millions in the middle of the presidential election. Mexican cartels, a possible pandemic and ISIS bring Mitch Rapp back into action.

5. The Dutch House- Ann Patchett

Running in the top 5 this week, this very novel by Ann Patchett is describing a sibling relationship. When the family goes from poverty to being rich and back again during the course of years. The Dutch house is the story of the paradise lost, and a force that digs deeply about the questions of inheritance, love, and forgiveness.

6. The Water Dancer- Ta Nehisi Coates

Ta Nehisi Coates has emerged as a very intellectual person and an incisive thinker about race. With his earlier non-fiction novels, he was single-handedly waking up the consciousness of his country. With ‘The Water Dancer’, Ta Nehisi makes his debut in Fiction. He also writes in comedy including The Black Panther series for Marvel. The storyline follows as:

A young man who was blessed with a mysterious power becomes a part of the war going on between slavers and the enslaved.

7. A Better Man- Louis Penny

Credits: A Better Man

“‘A Better Man,’ with its mix of meteorological suspense, psychological insight, and criminal pursuit, is arguably the best book yet in an outstanding, original oeuvre.” ―Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

“Enchanting… one of his most ennobling missions.” ―Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

These are the top reviews about this book. The story is encircled around the return of the Cheif Inspector Armand Gamache to Sûreté du Québec is welcomed by disastrous spring flooding, ferocious attacks in the media and mysterious disappearance.

8. The Nickel Boys- Colson Whitehead

Along with his many award-winning novels, comes The Nickel Boys where Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American History through the story of two boys sentenced to a torturous school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

9. The Girl Who Lived Twice- David Lagercrantz

This is the sixth novel of David Lagercrantz on the Lisbeth Salander series. This storyline follows as the Lisbeth Salander- the fierce, unstoppable girl with the dragon tattoo has disappeared. Also, she sold her apartment in Stockholm and could not be reached electronically. No one is aware that she has got her primal enemy, her twin sister Camilla, squarely in her sight.

10. The Goldfinch- Donna Tartt

This novel also has put up till now that it is 51 weeks in the top list of New York Times Bestsellers. The story runs around a precious painting of a bird that is smuggled out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after the bombing, becomes a boy’s prize, guilt, and burden.

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Never Lost Again Book Review – Bill Kilday https://savedelete.com/reviews/book/never-lost-again/197642/ Sun, 12 Aug 2018 19:53:19 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=197642 Never Lost Again

Never Lost Again has enlightened it’s readers similarly as The Facebook Effect, Elon Musk and Chaos Monkeys. It discusses about the interesting facts and the off screen facts of some revolutionary applications ever constructed as a part of Modern day Technology and also the underdog team which designed the present day widely used Navigation Technology. […]

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Never Lost Again has enlightened it’s readers similarly as The Facebook Effect, Elon Musk and Chaos Monkeys. It discusses about the interesting facts and the off screen facts of some revolutionary applications ever constructed as a part of Modern day Technology and also the underdog team which designed the present day widely used Navigation Technology.

Kilday embarks this narrative of the revolutionary digital mapping technology by contemplating the anguish on getting lost in the streets of Boston. This isn’t the anger of just Kilday but everyone who faced the problems of being unaware of where they are and having no clue of how to reach the destination before the dawn of today’s most commonly used GPS or Navigation System. He diffuses further into the readers minds with his realistic narration which expresses the anguish of every individual ever got lost with his starting few lines “ In frustration I pounded my fist against my car’s dashboard, yelling at nobody but myself, while driving five miles in the wrong direction down Route 2, looking for the next roundabout. Or maybe it was 3A?”

He differentiates the past and present by further explaining on how this Mapping Technology made our lives easy. It’s so effortless to have the complete map of this world displaying where you are on the map and answering your questions of how to reach the destination and how distant the destination is from your location with just a few clicks. Now a days the usage of Navigation Technology has been a part of one’s routine with GPS or Google Maps having 82% of total Mobile application usage. The Technology of Navigation has increased rapidly from the software being confined to Navigation Devices to Having a GPS application in their smartphones. He also states about the difficult times of being a part of the startup crossing the hurdles like bankruptcy, cash-flow problems and continuous search for

Sustainable business model when he was at Keyhole (Present day Google Maps before it’s evolution).

By the statement “Overnight success twenty years in making” Bill Kilday articulates the progression of mapping technology. He walks us through the transformation of navigation system and acquaints us to the passionate team who gifted us not just Google Maps but also applications like Google Earth and the augmented reality game Pokemon Go( Game which runs mainly on Navigation Technology).

With this book, Kilday takes us back to the inception of Mapping Technology by discussing about the first startup company which is named as “Keyhole” started by John Hanke a resident of a small town Texas. This innovation was almost folded when the Tech bubble burst. The first big clients of this Technological mammoth was a Real Estate Company who wished to use this software in identifying properties. But the young engineers behind this inventory Sergey Brin and Larry Page always believed that this software has a potential beyond this simple property mapping. Navigation Technology was confined and bounded due to it’s contract with the CIA but was first brought into light by the CNN News Channel which used this Technology to cover the Telecast of the war and increased the reputation and existence of modern day Navigation Technology. Keyhole’s CEO, John Hanke signs the CNN deal of providing them with the mapping technology for it’s war coverage after 9/11. He further insisted in having the link of Keyhole’s website on the CNN graphic as a reciprocation of this assistance which increased the onlookers to this sensational software.

The author of the book Bill Kilday adds his personal insights and experience as the Marketing Director of both the revolutionary companies Keyhole and Google Maps about the lesser-known aspects of the Technology linked with Mapping Technology and the master minds related to it. He explained the framework of this mind-blowing technology with his discussion about the collection of Satellite images and Image processing of some innumerous images. Piling the data of millions of terabytes which includes measuring density (Population density, Vehicle density etc) at a particular place processing the images which is predominantly used now a days to know about the traffic updates. Kilday doesn’t just confines the book with his past experiences but also gives a sight of the transpiring Navigation Technology and it’s usage in the modern technology like Virtual Reality and Self driven Cars which are going to be a part of our living soon.

Never Lost Again, as the title of the book implies none and nothing has ever remained lost with the instigation of Navigation Technology. Kilday articulates the beauty of Human Vision and Imagination when it is implemented.

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Succeed The Happionaire Way – Book Review https://savedelete.com/reviews/book/succeed-happionaire-way-book-review/193447/ https://savedelete.com/reviews/book/succeed-happionaire-way-book-review/193447/#respond Tue, 26 Dec 2017 07:39:04 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=193447 succeed the happionaire way

Everyone wants to achieve success in life. But to guide through the ups and downs, it requires strategy, philosophy and goal-oriented work. It is important to understand the balance of emotions, mental and physical health and value of relationships. These aspects rule the path of success. The Happionaire book series deal with these issues. In […]

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Everyone wants to achieve success in life. But to guide through the ups and downs, it requires strategy, philosophy and goal-oriented work. It is important to understand the balance of emotions, mental and physical health and value of relationships. These aspects rule the path of success. The Happionaire book series deal with these issues. In recent times, it has become quite a phenomenon, touching the lives of thousands. Written by acclaimed author Yogesh Chabria, “Succeed The Happionaire Way” is a spell-bounding masterpiece which emphasis on how to achieve success by focusing on significant aspects of our lives and what choices one should make to change one’s lifestyle and the path to achieve success.

He is a bestselling author as well as a speaker and well-known entrepreneur who started his business in the mere age of 5 by selling toys and came out with his own IPO at age 12. This book delves into his experience with business landscape and how it moulded and motivated him to achieve success and pass on his knowledge to other people aspiring to do the same.

This book inspires the reader to discover essential work principles and strategies to convert and realize their dreams and discover the true inner goals. It provides a mechanism to take action to overcome fear and attain an ultimate state of self-motivation and awareness. It talks about the power of relationships which plays a key role in the social growth of a person. At a personal level, it highlights the importance of physical, mental and emotional health along with meditation and sharing. It guides you through the process to achieve what is destined for you while focusing on rather simple facts of life.

“Succeed The Happionaire Way” is a phenomenal book which reveals the success practices and principles followed by some of the most successful people of the world in a simple and easy to follow program while remaining nonchalant. The reader can benefit from various innovative strategies and universal principles mentioned in this book to achieve the desired goal.

3. Succeed The Happionaire Way - Yogesh Chabria Quote

As aptly put by Chabria, a person’s knowledge can’t be stolen by anyone. It cannot be divided among peers or relatives. It doesn’t cause any load and increases every time it is spent. The wealth of knowledge is the greatest gift one can have to achieve greatness and success.

This book talks about the importance of being innovative and teaches the reader about the real value to start with. Everyone experiences new things in life, and it is by sharing one can achieve success by learning from others. As mentioned earlier, it draws inspiration and quotes the qualities of the greatest leaders of our modern times. It inspires people to make a strategic approach to achieve goals and maintain the pace throughout the path to success.

Chabria talks about the necessity of having a goal and how one should work towards it with all his passion and how one should dedicate to achieve it and not rest until he does that. He plays special emphasis on not settling for a lesser goal. He stresses on the fact that no goal is impossible and it can be achieved if one truly dream about it and work to achieve it. He also tells the reader to avoid people who tell that something is not possible.

Another key aspect of his book entails the important trait of one should have, i.e. doing what he loves and love what he does, irrespective of if it is business, career or life. Remain in love with what one does and never listen to anyone who discourages from the path and goal. It is equally rewarding, as it first creates and then grows it.

Succeed The Happionaire Way - Book Review

In his book, he stresses on the fact that if a person is happy doing anything at any level whether it is personal, mental, physical, emotional, financial or even spiritual, then that person will certainly attain success. He emphasizes on the fact that with complete peace of mind and overcoming doubt and lack of confidence, battling out fear, one can achieve greatness and become successful. Everyone has their own definition of success and following what you love with passion and happiness, one can achieve it.

For entrepreneurs, he suggests that the biggest risk they are going to have on their journey is that they are going to have so much fun that they won’t even know how to handle it. He terms this as a great reward.

This book highlights the importance of loving more, laughing more and playing more while going ahead with whatever one wants to do. And most importantly, follow the path one has chosen with complete passion with perseverance, confidence and without fear of failure. Ignore the negative people around and keep the focus on the goal.

“Succeed The Happionaire Way” is a book which will definitely leave a great impact on you if you are looking for bringing real changes in your life and achieve your goals. It is brilliant masterpiece especially for those who are stressed out the way of their life. This book acts as a guide for the confused people who are struggling with finding the right course of preparing for the path to success. Yogesh Chabria provides many strategies in this book which is when taken into action allows the reader to take back the control of his life and also learn to enjoy it. Reading this book is a life-changing experience. It endorses the same philosophy with which people are grown with, seeing successful people achieve greatness but loses track over a period of time. It truly inspires you to make subtle and sometimes radical changes in the outlook and perspective a person should make to set a right course of the path to success. It provides high value and actionable ideas which helps you achieve your goals and takes you to next level. It transforms your life with its intricate details and concerning ideas about physical, mental and emotional well-being, the importance of spiritual guidance and its role. This book helps you unleash your potential and delimits your belief.

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“Called For Travelling” – Book Review https://savedelete.com/reviews/book/called-for-traveling/193370/ https://savedelete.com/reviews/book/called-for-traveling/193370/#respond Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:14:11 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=193370 called for travelling book review

  Most of the people like to watch and know about college basketball especially those who are fans of sports nonfiction. Tyler Smith was part of the Penn State Men’s team and his talks about his journey through the college and after college basketball life in this intriguing tale. When he wrote Called for travelling […]

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Most of the people like to watch and know about college basketball especially those who are fans of sports nonfiction. Tyler Smith was part of the Penn State Men’s team and his talks about his journey through the college and after college basketball life in this intriguing tale. When he wrote Called for travelling which is not only about some of his college life but primarily as a player in Europe and Asia, people got really motivated to read it to know about Tyler and where he has gone and what he has done after he played for Penn State University.  It is a pro basketball journey which not only spans over seven countries in four continents and twelve teams he has played with hilarious as well as adventurous years.

After playing for Penn State University, Tyler Smith had a clearly understanding in his mind about what he wanted to do in his pro basketball career and what to follow. It talks about his interesting instances such as carrying toilet paper for his away games, playing on courts made of concrete and playing in the matches were there was fully-feared riot police present in every stadium, which he never dreamt of.  He explains about how he wondered about big contracts people have in basketball career which is often talked about. He brilliantly highlights his conundrum of even having a job next season or even next week or sitting idle and jobless in his home. He also talks about the challenges he faced where he wondered whether his team would pay him or he will end up playing free for a month.

Talking about highly unstable as well as an unorthodox overseas way of life as a professional basketball player, Tyler Smith takes the reader into his life experience journey with his innate humour as well as ability to share few of the most interesting and clever stories which may seem quite outrageous but are true, which is mind-boggling. He talks about his attitude and how his fate was constantly tested via bounced paychecks, physical injuries and his ever-growing frustration of facing the reality of the people who don’t even speak the same language as his. It is a great enriched life and eventful tour of a person through various cultures of different places.  He tells about different places he lived and what it is like to live in new and different places and how he experienced different cultures he never had the chance previously. He talks about countries like Italy, Japan, Uruguay and the experience he had there. He mentions the challenges he faced and adventures he had as his life changed with getting married and having kids while being overseas. His intriguing story will leave you spell-bounded for the entirety of the book.

One of the biggest things you can take this book from is his can-do attitude and his perspective on life which will certainly make you read more into this book and continue it reading. As a reader, you get to know about what it means to be a basketball player, during college and after college but also about life lessons; that there are only two things that you can control in your life, your attitude and work ethic, which is greatly showcased in this book by the Tyler Smith. He has shown the same and applied it through-out the book.

It is the extremely entertaining book for the basketball fans and those looking for future in pro basketball. With over 400 players in NBA at any given instance, this book entails an engaging tale of a basketball player who faced precarious circumstances. For players coming out of college ranks, it is generally a choice of having a real job or going through the hoops and chase for glory in pro leagues all across the globe. Most of the time, the stories of such players get untold and new players, especially those in college basketball team don’t get to know the real side of pro basketball scenario, both within the country and outside. They don’t get to know about what it takes to remain a top-player while facing lifestyle changes and situations which are unavoidable and equally straining on both mind and body. This book clearly highlights these aspects in great detail which makes it quite brilliant and stand-apart book in the genre. It talks about the grit, sacrifice and all the hard work put up by the NBA All-Stars while remaining casual in approach, hilarious at many times and gripping in the entirety. Tyler Smith’s globetrotting tale is as entertaining as it gets where he talks about his eventful life and an athlete who was on the fringe of his sport. Called for Travelling is a stark and genuine reminder to all those dreaming about playing professional basketball. It is full of colourful and great characters along with few of the legends of basketball which also play a key role in players life to chase their dreams.

So if you are an aspiring basketball player in college looking to get into the professional basketball, then it is a no-brainer to read this great book about the action in and off the basketball court. Even if you are a casual follower of basketball, you will certainly enjoy the stories Tyler Smith goes on telling about and his brilliant storytelling skills. His experiences will certainly give you an idea of what it means to have a strict sense of ethics and a never-give-up attitude to have success in life. Called for Travelling is an epic tale of how difficult can life be for those who chase their dreams, how to face the challenges and overcoming the worst circumstances. It also highlights how important it is to keep your calm and focus to succeed as a professional basketball player. However, the life aspects he talks about is not just for players, but also for everyone who wishes to achieve his dreams. It signifies the importance of determination and role it plays in achieving success. It is the story of a person who overcame all the odds and made the best out of against-the-odd situations and came out with flying colours. You should definitely read this book to know more about life and challenges of a professional basketball player and how following stringent work ethic will lead to success in life while keeping the composure.

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Hit Refresh Book Review https://savedelete.com/reviews/book/hit-refresh-book-review/192597/ https://savedelete.com/reviews/book/hit-refresh-book-review/192597/#respond Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:37:14 +0000 http://savedelete.com/?p=192597 hit refresh by satya nadella

Remember the biggest public stumble of Satya Nadella, The Microsoft CEO, on Grace Hopper, when he told the people about the celebration of women in computing and said that women shouldn’t ask for raises but should trust that the hard work along with the long-term efficiency of the system would eventually reward them? Well, Satya Nadella […]

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Remember the biggest public stumble of Satya Nadella, The Microsoft CEO, on Grace Hopper, when he told the people about the celebration of women in computing and said that women shouldn’t ask for raises but should trust that the hard work along with the long-term efficiency of the system would eventually reward them? Well, Satya Nadella did talk about this in his new book, the Hit Refresh”. This book gives inside details about the interesting life of Satya Nadella, his humble beginning, his struggles and decisions and lot more.

I am quite fascinated with Satya Nadella, his career and the work he has done for Microsoft. I always look at his journey of, where he has come from, what he has achieved, and what his vision is. I thought why not write a review of his latest book and let the readers know about his book offers.

When I read the lines: “If you want to see what the flapping around looks like, do a search for me and karma,” from his book, I was hooked. It shows the depth of Nadella’s philosophy.

He goes on writing about all the ways he has been wrong and what he has learned and done since, which also includes the decision of linking a portion of executive compensation to diversity improvements inside Microsoft.

He goes on writing that in some ways, he is glad that he messed up in a public forum because it helped him to confront his unconscious bias that he didn’t know he had and it helped him to find a new sense of empathy towards the great women in his life and at his company.

Such candid moments are the prime highlights of Nadella’s first attempt at writing a book, “Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone” which is published by HarperCollins.

At present, Nadella has been the CEO of Microsoft for more than three years and has been overseeing an increase of over $280 billion in market value at the Microsoft, which is now 42-years old. He is cautious about the fact that reinvention by the company has a long way to go, his story, as well as Microsoft’s new era, does deserve an in-depth look from the inside.

You will be quite wrong if you dismiss this 288 pages book which is thinly veiled by the Microsoft marketing and communications. This book certainly offers much more than anyone can expect. This book has so much to offer, and it works at so many levels.

In this book, Nadella speaks about his compelling life story which includes his journey from India to the US along with the influence of cricket on his life and its worthy advantages. He also talks about adversities, colleagues, family members as well as the experience which has played their part in shaping his worldview. He provides a window into the Modern Microsoft along with explaining its strategy. He also explains his view of the challenges faced by this company and the potential it has in this new era.

This book is a blueprint for present and future business leaders who seek to understand the management style of Nadella which also includes his innate focus on empathy as well as continuous learning. It offers a glimpse of the future of technology according to his perspective. It discusses his views on artificial intelligence, mixed reality as well as quantum computing. This book also reveals his notions about the ethics and policy issues related to these technologies.

The Inside Story of Microsoft

When it comes to experts of the tech industry, one of the most fascinating chapters will be “Friends or Frenemies.” In this chapter, Nadella describes the company’s complex and complicated relationships with some of its biggest competitors and partners which include big names like Google, Apple, and Samsung.

Needless to say, Nadella is careful about what he wrote. No doubt about that, after all, he is the sitting CEO of one of the most prestigious companies in the world. If it was a book of someone else, it might have the inside details of the fierce battle of Microsoft with its “frenemy” Marc Benioff and Salesforce over LinkedIn which Microsoft finally won for over $26 billion.

But when it comes to Nadella’s book, it provides behind-the-scenes which makes it a worthy read even for those who know the company very well. Along with this, he provides his insights and his interesting assessment of Grace Hopper performance he made.

Wouldn’t you like to know more about some details about Microsoft’s inner drama and internal struggles? I know I would.

Well, Nadella does put some light on some of the major issues of Microsoft. He talks about how some product-line leaders of Microsoft were not comfortable about working with its arch-rival Apple in order to optimize Office 365 for iPad Pro. He talks about how everyone got on board, and there was a consensus reached that there were benefits of the partnership which grossly weigh over competitive disadvantage for Microsoft.

Nadella also talks in detail about the internal drama that happened during the “Red Dog” project which turned out to be Microsoft Azure since the traditional executives of the company’s widely successful Server & Tools Division initially resisted the big push to the cloud. It was the mindset of those traditionalists that Nadella had to fight to overcome the obstacles.

Nadella goes on describing some of his unpopular decisions where he invited few lower-ranking leaders of the companies which had been acquired by the Microsoft to the annual retreat, which is generally reserved only for senior executives. However, things turned out well, but it did send some culture shock for some of the top leaders.

We all are anxious about knowing his side of the story of his selection as CEO of one of the biggest company in the world. Aren’t we?

Nadella was also surprised by this too, and he goes on talking about his conversation with the outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at that time. He writes that Ballmer encouraged him to be his own man. In other words, he told him not to try to please anyone, not even Bill Gates.

Nadella also writes about his relationship with the co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates and recalls the walk across the campus with him after Nadella became CEO of the company. They talked exhaustively about a new product, and in Nadella’s own words, at one point Bill looked at him and said that it was good to be talking about software engineering.

Being the CEO of Microsoft

We all know that Satya Nadella became the CEO at GIX grand opening, back in 2014 when former CEO Steve Ballmer left.

Nadella goes on to point out that the transformation of the company is still a work in progress. He proudly writes that after three years of putting the focus on improving the culture of Microsoft, the internal surveys revealed that employees were quite happy with the direction of the company. They also liked the newfound sense of internal collaboration as well as purpose. However, he does write about the surprising revelation of the surveys that some middle managers were “a missing link” in the process of cultural transformation.

To be a leader in this company, your job is to find the rose petals in the field of shit,” Nadella told the top 150 executives of Microsoft at a meeting.

What a wonderful quote! Isn’t it?

However, he does concede that perhaps it wasn’t the best line of poetry, but he did want people to stop seeing the things which were hard and start looking things which were great and help others in seeing them too. He told them that constraints are reals and will always be there with them, but the leaders are the champions of overcoming constraints.

In his book, he has emphasized on making his clear distinction from Gates and Ballmer, as a leader.

Talking about company falling behind Apple and Google in smartphones, Nadella goes on explaining that Microsoft is quite known for rallying its troops with competitive fire. He goes on saying that press loves that, but he doesn’t. His approach is to lead with a sense of purpose along with pride in what they do, not envy or combativeness.

Interestingly, Nadella makes two passing references to President Donald Trump in a policy chapter called “Restoring Economic Growth for Everyone.”  Learning for Grace Hopper section, Nadella deftly alludes to complaints by the former presidential adviser, Steve Bannon, about the number of Asian CEOs in the tech industry.

He writes, “Even when some people in positions of power have remarked that there are too many Asian CEOs in technology, I’ve ignored their ignorance.” He explains his outlook by saying that as growing up as minorities in the US, he cannot help but think about how their experiences differ. He goes on mentioning that it infuriates him to think that people will hear and grapple with racial slurs as well as ignorance.

Nadella also writes about the disheartening process of shutting down a significant portion of the company’s smartphone hardware business and goes on confirming that he opposed the acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone business for whopping $7 billion when polled by then-CEO Steve Ballmer. However, he does draw a silver lining that this experience taught Microsoft about what it means to design, build and manufacture hardware.

In his book’s chapter on the direction of technology, named “Beyond the Cloud,” explains the potential of mixed reality along with artificial intelligence and quantum computing. In the chapter “The Future of Humans and Machines,” he addresses many concerns regarding artificial intelligence and speaks out to the industry as well as political leaders. He proposes a “global collaboration” when it comes to the advancement of the state of AI so that it addresses the worst fears of humanity.

He writes that he would argue that most productive debate people can have about AI isn’t about pitting good vs. evil, but it is more about one examining the values instilled in the people as well as institutions which are creating this technology.

Personal Side of Satya Nadella

Who wouldn’t want to know about the personal side of Nadella? Well, his story is fascinating.  In his books about his dad who was a civil servant who had a hanging poster of Karl Marx in his bedroom. His mother was a Sanskrit scholar with a poster of Indian Goddess of Wealth and Contentment, Lakshmi. He recalls that all he wanted was the poster of his cricketing hero, M.L Jaisimha who was famous for his boyish good looks and graceful style, both on and off the field.

Nadella got fascinated with programming computers at the mere age of 15 years when his dad bought him a Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer.

Nadella writes that his son’s condition requires the same passion for ideas as well as empathy that he learned from his parents.

He came to the US as an electrical engineering student and then went on becoming a permanent resident. He then took the unusual step when he gave up his green card to get an H1B visa because of the vagaries of the immigration law which allowed his wife, Any, to join him in the US. It wouldn’t have been possible if he was a permanent resident.

Nadella also shares the personal side of his family. He mentions about his son, Zain who has cerebral palsy due to asphyxia in utero. He mentions the role of his wife in helping him to come to terms with his son’s condition and helped him to understand that it wasn’t a setback for him. She told him that it would expand his worldview.

So the people who are always exhilarated about Microsoft’s story over the years would find it interesting that which engineering and business leaders of Microsoft will Nadella highlight in his book which will define their influence inside the company.

Nadella doesn’t have a singular partner inside the company unlike Gates and Ballmer who leaner on each other. Nadella looks to a larger group, the senior leadership team of the Microsoft. He calls them the ‘Legion of Superheroes, with each leader coming to the table with a unique superpower to contribute for the common good.”

So, it will be surely a roller coaster ride for Nadella in the coming years with the emerging trends and technologies along with inside struggles within Microsoft. Will he prevail? Will he be able to instil empathy in the tech industry? How will the world face the emerging wave of AI and quantum computing? Well, to find out, you have to read this worthy book and find out yourself. It will surely leave you spell-bounded and in awe.

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