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Books to Keep You Company During Extended Lockdown

by Vaish Ramakrishnan

As we all know the restrictions have been extended for another month. These thought-provoking reads are perfect to keep you company during these cold and long winter nights.

 Book Number 1: Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

Show Your Work is essentially a personal manifesto on how to get creative work done. If you do anything that involves personal expression – which basically includes just about everything – you’ll be inspired by Kleon’s perspective on doing and sharing the work you love. It had a Seth Godin-like vibe which I loved yet also felt different from a typical self-development book in many ways. Unlike most books which drone on, Austin Kleon keeps this short with powerful ideas on every page. The book is also aesthetically pleasing and stands out with the various illustrations presented.

⁣Book Number 2: “How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton Christensen

This book teaches readers the importance of looking at the happiness and love they bring to the life of others as an indicator of their success instead of just measuring the targets they reach in their careers.With insightful examples from his many years in the corporate world, Christensen is an able guide for readers looking to achieve the career of their dreams. There’s also the family man and cancer-survivor side of him he taps into when it comes to work/life balance. Through his experiences, Christensen’s core aim with this book is to show today’s professionals how to lead a life with balance, integrity and purpose.

Book Number 3: Convenient Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Keiko, the protagonist, is “different.” She is a convenience store worker who isn’t considered “normal” by friends, family and co-workers so she tries to mimic what she sees around her just to keep everyone off her back. Her head and life hum with the love of her job. Her family and a handful of friends find her situation worrisome, insisting on marriage, getting a “real” job or in some way progressing in life as the only way a person can be considered “normal” The rest of the story revolves around her experimenting with fitting in to please her family…

From the observations of a social pariah, we get a glimpse of the inconvenient truth about alienation, identity, conformity, and oppression, all the while, magnifying single women’s pressure to marry, have children, and have secure jobs over their lifetime. Muruta’s simple prose combined with her wry and quirky humour kept me hooked. While I wish the book was longer, it is actually perfect the way it is.

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