April 2018 Update: What have I been up to?

It is been a while since I last wrote in January 2018. In my last post I talked about the small adjustments that I had started making to increase the free time available to me. And what have I done with those extra two hours per day? I pleasantly report that I have been up to some amazing things! Here’s a roundup of what has kept me busy:

1. Reading, more reading and then some
You may recall that I took on 2018 with the humble goal of reading 16 books. Over the past three months I have indeed upped the ante. I have gobbled 8 books since and I’m extremely optimistic of handsomely beating my goal over the next 8 months. I have read books primarily across three genres: Finance, Thriller and wherever you put Think like a Freak. Check out what I have read here!

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Because I’m Happy!

2. A tête-à-tête with Tennis
People who know me know of my on-again-off-again love affair with tennis. I recently went back to this lovely game after a gap of almost 3 years and I’m currently trying to get my game back. Tennis has been one of my biggest disappointments till date, which I am hoping will become one my biggest personal successes in the future. Somehow, I keep going back to the game, keep learning-unlearning-relearning all the different nuances, tricks, and knacks that I can. I am hoping to be back in the circuit for good this time and clawing my way to my peak one serve at a time.

3. La photographie
As surprising as this may sound, I took up photography classes in March this year, courtesy my wife. I enrolled into the foundation course of National Institute of Photography and spent over 40 hours learning things like shutter time, aperture, focal length, ISO, grains, aberration, contrast, lighting, so on and so forth. I now have bragging rights of calling myself an ‘Amateur Photographer’ having learnt some fundamentals of handling a DSLR.

So there it is! My mentor once said something to the effect of – “You have to keep running, just to be able to stand still.” It rings so true at this moment. As I head full throttle towards 30, I am focused on learning new things, be it in work or play. Hopefully my new skill is just around the corner. Till then!

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Sciolism: What am I reading in 2018?

Having got back to my reading habit in the latter half of 2017 with 8 of my targeted 12 books, I have decided to take on 2018 with a modest goal of 16 books. My ‘Wishlist’ includes books across genres like finance, investments, bios and autobios, world history, fiction and non-fiction to name a few. Today I’ve listed down 5 of the 16 books that I am sure to read at some point this year. Each of the books further some of my life goals and I am excited to read ’em all:

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A mind filled with books is a satiated one!

1. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
I picked up this book from my office library recently and coincidentally heard Howard Marks recommend it on one of his Talks at Google. Having gone through a few pages, this books seems to be an interesting read and related to an area of life I want to develop.

2. The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor by Howard Marks
The fact that Warren Buffett offered Howard Marks to write a foreword if he ever decided to author a book speaks volumes of how well-respected Marks is! Taking forward my goal of becoming financially independent, this is one book I’ll take up during the year to learn from the experiences of this revered investor.

3. A Song of Fire and Ice by George R R Martin
The fiction series that I am currently hooked on. I recently completed the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones. I must confess, I came to the books after watching 7 seasons, so most of the characters already have a developed existence in my mind. But just reading the book somehow gives me that sense of satisfaction I need while going through an epic fantasy novel series like this.

4. Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises by Timothy F. Geithner
Again a book on financial learning, and what better way to learn about the Financial Crisis of 2007-08 than from US Treasury Secretary of the time. Looking forward to get my hands on this one soon!

5. How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region by Joe Studwell
Life is good being an Indian in 2018. There is a buzz around my country and everybody seems to be cheerful about everything Indian. In words of one of my Uber drivers in the US, where I spent some time last quarter, “You guys are rockin’ and rollin’ out there!” It is therefore absolutely timely for me to pick up this book and understand how Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and China managed to achieve what they did. It will make my perspective about India and its policies clearer and give me a better viewing glass. Also, Bill Gates recommended it.

So there it is.

My Reading List is always expanding. Currently I have exactly 100 books in my Wishlist, which you can find here! There are 9 more books that I need to decide on and I am completely open to suggestions.  What do you think I should read?

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