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There Are Two Ways to Read - One Is Useless

There Are Two Ways to Read - One Is Useless
Reading is telepathy, and a book is the most powerful technology invented. Homer, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Woolf, Hemingway - these are names without a living body. We can't talk to them, nor touch them, but their thoughts are immortalized through the written word. Aristotle's logic, Kepler's astronomy, Newton's


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Books are Thoughts Immortalized

Books are Thoughts Immortalized

A Book is one of the most powerful inventions as through them thoughts time travel.

Books provide us with stories and thoughts of people long dead, immortalizing them in the process.




Books transcend Time and Space

Books transcend Time and Space

Whether it is Aristotle, Kepler, Newton or Darwin, we talk about them, and discuss their works because of the written word, left behind, escaping the boundaries of time and space.



The Wisdom of the Past

The Wisdom of the Past

There is deep wisdom in the past, letting one discover, connect and gain inspiration from a reservoir of information.

Almost everything important and valuable has its roots in the invention of the written word.



Reading the Right Way

Reading the Right Way

Reading in schools and colleges have been confined to reading to pass exams or to solve a purpose, creating a specific, goal-oriented mindset.

When we read for the joy of reading, with an open mind, the books start to reveal themselves.

Reading is not limited to extracting Right or Wrong based on our current mindset but can be used to expand the same.



A Thousand Lives

A Thousand Lives
reader lives a thousand lives before he dies; The man who never reads lives only one.

George R. R. Martin 

from A Dance with Dragons




Reading in the digital age

Online life makes us into a new kind of reader: Our attention fractures. Online reading is about clicks, and comments, and points. 

The opposite of the traditional reading ex...

Not every emotion can be reduced to an emoji, and not every thought can be conveyed via tweet.

Not every emotion can be reduced to an emoji, and not every thought can be conveyed via tweet.

Cynical Readers

We have become cynical readers – we read in the disjointed, goal-oriented way that online life encourages & we stop exercising our attention. 

We read just as much if not more. We live in a text-gorged society in which the most fleeting thought is a thumb-dash away from posterity. It's how we read that changed.

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Common errors when reading people

  • Ignoring context: Crossed arms don’t mean much if the room is cold or the chair they’re sitting in doesn’t have armrests. 
  • Not looking for clusters: It’s a consisten...

Trusting your instincts

Your first impressions are usually pretty accurate. But whether they are wrong or right, first impressions affect us in a big way and we are slow to change them.

You have to be willing to update them quite rapidly. 

Reading first impressions

  • Studies show that if someone seems extroverted, confident, religious or conscientious, they probably are.
  • We all pay more attention to pretty people, and so we tend to take the time to evaluate them.
  • If you want to know if someone is good at their job, watch them do it for 30-60 seconds. 
  • Funny people are smart: Effective humor production acts as an honest indicator of intelligence in humans.



In her book, 'Superbetter', the author Jane McGonigal, teaches us all a valuable lesson on how to overcome obstacles while having a gamer's mindset, as she is herself a game designer.

The black swan

In his book, Nassim Nicholas Taleb provides an insight into how crisis events occur, enabling the reader to reach a better understanding of the topic while empathizing and communicating more efficiently with the others.

The sirens of Titan

Kurt Vonnegut, well-known for his black comedy, debates over existential questions in regards to free will, destiny, and the meaning of life. 

 This is exactly the kind of lecture one needs in order to get his mind off what is happening around.