Well, now that the exams are over, it’s time to get back to reading and education (as opposed to studying). After college finished in October- after a heavy duty, 14 hrs a day saturating workload during the capstone course – I took a break from management studies. Eight months of abstinence, and I’ve forgotten many many things. I thought I’d prepare a list of books(from the ones that I have) I have to read and sites I have to go through to get back on track:
K@W: Major backlog of reading.
HBS: The Magazine and the Working Knowledge site.
McKinsey Quarterly: Major backlog of reading.
Mankiw on Economics : ’tis a blog I am addicted to, and have been reading it regularly, in spite of the exams. What I love is the way Prof. Mankiw discusses current events and simplifies the concepts that Indian texts make complex. Highly recommended even if you’re not interested in Economics.
Trendwatching and Springwise: Business trends and ideas
Adrants: Ad fun da. 😀
PSFK: Marketing updates
Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner: Yeah. I STILL haven’t read it.
The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell: See comment above
The Stock Market Wizards by Jack Schwager. I also need to read a basic intro to Futures and Options. I’m aware that its a form of hedging, but it’s a little too risky for me to attempt to trade without an adequate foundation.
The New Buffetology by Mary Buffet: had this book for three years now and still at the basic level. This book, still, is among the most useful that I’ve come across because it approaches investing in a logical, simplified manner. A beginners guide to investing, I guess, and not for trading.
The Witch Doctors by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge: On making sense of Management Gurus. Recco’ed by Shekhar
Barbarians at the Gate by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar: On the hostile takeover of RIR Nabisco. Again, recco’ed by Shekhar.
How to read a balance sheet*: These are little known ILO publications that are very useful. There seems to be only one copy at Amazon, and at $31. I’ve got an ancient copy that my dad bought 20-30 years ago, and another on marketing. Still, these books are possibly the best for studying. If anyone knows where I can get them in Delhi – do tell.
So, this is what I plan to read. There’s lots more, but it can wait. Now about what I really really want to read –
*- ‘Balance Sheet’ reminds me of something that Dad had told me about a few years ago: when prohibition was enforced in India, several small breweries went out of bijiness. Vittal Mallya (Vijay Mallya’s father) began buying them on the basis of the value that their balance sheet held. A contrarian call. 😀
- Wikipedia has a list of popular business books. Reminds me that my brand new copy of 22 Immutable Laws of Branding book on branding by Al Ries got burnt. There’s so much that can be read, and so little time.
- Prof. Mankiw had posted a summer reading list. He says: Here are ten very different books I like that are fun enough that you would not be embarrassed (well, not too embarrassed) reading them at the beach
- I’m now accepting (business) book recommendations.