Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

The Power of Words: Books that Will change how you see the world

We always are stuck to this materialistic world . if you wish to change the perception of life the best way to achieve it is reading books . As of me I love reading books from different fields I.e of different niche . it always helps me find a new way or you can say a broader way to think and analyse my surrounding and helps me . I have read 100`s of books from different fields .

Today in this blog I am going to suggest you some books that will help to change your perception how you see this world. so lets start with the list . As I am from India , I will be suggesting most of the Indian authored books as this list is based upon my own library and books that I have read .

So without getting late , lets get started with our first book.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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AuthorYuval Noah Harari
Published2014
GenreNon-fiction, History, Anthropology
Main ThemesEvolution of Homo sapiens, Agricultural Revolution, Unification of Humankind, Cognitive Revolution, Scientific Revolution, Impact of Technology and Capitalism
Central ArgumentHumans have dominated Earth due to our ability to create and share complex ideas, which have led to societal advancements and global dominance.
ReceptionWidely acclaimed for its accessible style, thought-provoking ideas, and ability to synthesize complex subjects into a cohesive narrative.
CriticismsSome critics argue it oversimplifies complex historical events and phenomena, and certain interpretations are debated within academic circles.
InfluencePopularized discussions on human history and evolution, prompting further exploration of interdisciplinary studies blending history, anthropology, and biology.

“Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari is a captivating journey through the history of our species. Harari takes readers from the emergence of Homo sapiens in East Africa through the pivotal moments that shaped humanity’s development and dominance over the planet. With a blend of anthropology, biology, and history, Harari explores how cultural, social, and technological revolutions have transformed societies and continues to influence our present and future. Through thought-provoking insights, “Sapiens” challenges readers to reconsider their understanding of human nature and the impact of our actions on the world around us.

2.  Think Like a Monk

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AuthorJay Shetty
Published2020
GenreSelf-help, Personal Development, Spirituality
Main ThemesMindfulness, Purpose, Wisdom from Monkhood, Applying Ancient Wisdom to Modern Life, Inner Peace, Personal Growth
Central MessageEmphasizes the importance of cultivating a monk mindset in everyday life through practices such as gratitude, mindfulness, and service to others.
ApproachBlends teachings from Shetty’s time as a monk with practical advice on overcoming challenges, finding purpose, and achieving fulfillment.
ReceptionWell-received for its practical insights, accessible style, and relevance to modern readers seeking personal and spiritual growth.
CriticismsSome critics note the book’s reliance on general self-help principles and its potential oversimplification of complex spiritual concepts.
InfluencePopular among readers interested in mindfulness, personal development, and spiritual growth, fostering discussions on integrating ancient wisdom into contemporary life.
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“Think Like a Monk” by Jay Shetty offers a transformative journey into personal growth and spiritual wisdom. Drawing from his experience as a monk, Shetty distills ancient teachings into practical advice for modern life. The book guides readers through practices such as mindfulness, gratitude, and purposeful living, encouraging them to cultivate a monk-like mindset to achieve inner peace and fulfillment. Through relatable stories and insightful reflections, Shetty inspires readers to overcome challenges, discover their true purpose, and lead a more meaningful life aligned with their values and aspirations.

3. The Art of Thinking Clearly

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AuthorRolf Dobelli
Published2011 (original German edition), 2013 (English translation)
GenreNon-fiction, Psychology, Cognitive Science
Main ThemesCognitive Biases, Decision-Making Errors, Logical Fallacies, Behavioral Economics, Clear Thinking, Practical Advice
Central MessageIdentifies and explains common thinking traps and biases that affect decision-making and judgment, offering strategies to mitigate their impact.
ApproachPresents 99 short chapters (each focusing on a specific cognitive bias or logical fallacy) designed to help readers recognize and avoid common mental pitfalls.
ReceptionWell-received for its accessible style, practical insights, and ability to distill complex psychological concepts into understandable anecdotes and examples.
CriticismsSome critics argue it oversimplifies complex psychological phenomena and lacks depth in certain areas of cognitive science.
InfluenceInfluenced discussions on decision-making, cognitive biases, and critical thinking in both personal and professional contexts, prompting further exploration.

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“The Art of Thinking Clearly” by Rolf Dobelli is a compelling exploration of human decision-making and cognitive biases. Through a series of concise and engaging chapters, Dobelli unveils the common pitfalls that influence our thinking, from confirmation bias to hindsight bias and beyond. Drawing on insights from psychology, behavioral economics, and neuroscience, the book offers practical strategies for recognizing and overcoming these biases in everyday life. By revealing the subtle ways our minds can deceive us, Dobelli empowers readers to make clearer, more rational decisions, ultimately enhancing their ability to navigate complexities and achieve better outcomes in various aspects of life.

4. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

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AuthorRobin Sharma
Published1997
GenreSelf-help, Fiction
Main ThemesPersonal Development, Spiritual Growth, Mindfulness, Leadership, Success Principles
Plot SummaryJulian Mantle, a high-profile lawyer, suffers a heart attack and decides to sell his Ferrari and embark on a spiritual journey to find inner peace and meaning.
SettingBegins in contemporary urban life and transitions to Julian’s travels through the Himalayas and encounters with spiritual teachers.
TeachingsIncludes principles such as the importance of mastering one’s mind, living with purpose, practicing mindfulness, and embracing simplicity.
ReceptionWidely popular for its engaging narrative style and practical insights, attracting readers seeking personal and professional transformation.
CriticismsSome critics find the fictional elements too simplistic or contrived, while others appreciate its accessibility and motivational message.
InfluenceHas inspired readers worldwide to reassess their lifestyles, prioritize personal growth, and adopt principles of mindfulness and fulfillment.

“The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” by Robin Sharma is a transformative tale of personal discovery and spiritual awakening. The story follows Julian Mantle, a high-powered lawyer who, after suffering a sudden heart attack, embarks on a journey to find inner peace and purpose. Leaving behind his fast-paced life, Julian travels to India and encounters the teachings of a Himalayan monk who imparts timeless wisdom on living a fulfilling life. Through parables and practical insights, the book guides readers on a path of self-discovery, offering lessons on mindfulness, self-discipline, and the pursuit of happiness. Sharma’s narrative not only inspires readers to reassess their priorities and values but also provides actionable steps to achieve lasting success and fulfillment.

5 Wise and Otherwise: A Salute to Life

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AuthorSudha Murty
Published2006
GenreNon-fiction, Short Stories, Autobiographical
Main ThemesHuman Values, Social Issues, Cultural Insights, Everyday Wisdom, Empathy, Diversity
StructureCollection of real-life incidents and anecdotes experienced by the author, presented as short stories reflecting various aspects of human nature and society.
SettingMostly set in India, reflecting the diversity and challenges of Indian society.
PurposeProvides moral lessons, cultural insights, and reflections on human behavior and values, encouraging readers to appreciate life’s diversity and challenges.
ReceptionWell-received for its simplicity, authenticity, and ability to resonate with readers across different age groups and cultural backgrounds.
CriticismsSome readers find the stories overly didactic or simplistic, while others appreciate their straightforward approach to conveying life lessons.
InfluenceInspired readers to reflect on their own lives, empathize with others, and appreciate the richness of cultural diversity and human experience.

“Wise and Otherwise: A Salute to Life” by Sudha Murty is a poignant collection of short stories that offer glimpses into the diverse tapestry of human experiences. Drawing from her encounters as a social worker and interactions with people from all walks of life, Murty weaves together narratives that highlight universal values, cultural nuances, and the complexities of human nature. Each story serves as a window into different facets of society, addressing issues ranging from compassion and empathy to ethics and resilience. Through simple yet profound storytelling, Murty invites readers to reflect on life’s lessons, appreciate the richness of human diversity, and gain insights into the intricacies of human relationships. “Wise and Otherwise” is a heartfelt tribute to the resilience and spirit of individuals across various backgrounds, offering wisdom that resonates long after the last page is turned.

this was the list of those 5 books which I suggest that everyone must read as these 5 books have the power to change the way you look at the world. Specially i woukd suggest to read the book ” The Monk who sold his ferrari ” to every one who is in proffesional life and wish to get out of his/her mental pressure and financial problems . this one was my one of the favoutrite book which i have read till now .

Q. Which Book one should definitely read ?

A. I have suggested 5 books bouvre in the blog that everyone must read if they wish to transform their life.

Q. what is the benefit of book reading ?

A. Reading books regularly help you understand the world in the authors perspective that broadens your thought and helps to think differently .

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