My book reading and Blink
It is rare for me to finish a book that I started till the end. Though I love to buy books (as I grow up among books – my father runs LIFCO Books) and a bookstore is a place I can spend hours, I am hardly into big fat books like novels and fictions. I am puzzled on how kids can finish the 500+ pages Harry Potter Books. I buy a book, take a snapshot, read the first few chapters in one sitting. Then the book goes into my personal library – hardly taken out again (with few exceptions). That’s why you see my posts under “Books” Category in this blog less populated – I keep waiting to finish a book before posting, but finishing never happens.
This post is an exception. Early last year I bought the book “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell. Immediately in that trip, I finished the first chapter, then in few trips though I took the book I could never read more than few pages. Last two weeks due to trips to New Delhi (3 Hour Flights for each leg and then all the Airport waiting time) I re-started this book and finished it easily.
The book is about how our subconscious mind processes information differently than our Conscious/Scientific mind; it covers how at times this can be used for effective decision making. This book proves the statement that you might be using many times “I have a gut feeling that this works only like this“.
I will certainly recommend this book to anyone interested.