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The Decision Book

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The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking by Mikael Krogerus, By Roman Tschappeler, book reviewMost of us face the same questions every day: What do I want? And how can I get it? How can I live more happily and work more efficiently?

A European bestseller, The Decision Book distils into a single volume the fifty best decision-making models used on MBA courses and elsewhere that will help you tackle these important questions – from the well known (the Eisenhower matrix for time management) to the less familiar but equally useful (the Swiss Cheese model). It will even show you how to remember everything you will have learned by the end of it.

We will be publishing series of decision making thought processes our koshkha was going through with the help of The Decision Book.

Today we start with very general thoughts on everyday decisions but be ready for more specific ones in the coming days…

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Dating the Second Time Around

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Dating the Second Time Around: Finding Love That Lasts By Dr. Gian Gonzaga, book reviewHere is a scary thought for you: the divorce rate for first time marriages in the UK is currently at 42%. It gets worse. If you are lucky enough to get married for a second time, you stand a 60% chance of ending up divorced. Try it for a third time and the rate climbs again to a massive 70%. To say that there are thus a large number of people fresh out of long-term relationships looking for love again is probably putting it mildly. Noticing this growing market, online dating service eHarmony (www.eharmony.com)  has brought out a book based on the principles of “relationship science” that they use for matchmaking called, “Dating The Second Time Around: Finding Love That Lasts”. Yes, I laughed a bit at the thought that people could be paired up successfully by something as unromantic as scientific analysis too, but they claim to be responsible for 542 people getting married every day in the US alone, so I guess there must be something in it.


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Why We Lie

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Why We Lie: The Source of Our Disasters by Dorothy Rowe, book  reviewWe all lie and deceive on a daily basis. “Lovely to see you again”; “I’m not busy”; “I don’t mind”; “we will keep a copy of your CV on file”. Lying is something that comes all too easily to most of us. We tell white lies (and worse) casually and often think of such things as just a necessary lubricant to smooth social intercourse. Telling the truth can get us into trouble – indeed, truth is trouble. Although we are told repeatedly that honesty is the best policy when we are children and our childhood stories are full of morals of why those who are dishonest never prosper, this certainty seems to fade into adulthood – perhaps because we have learnt by then how to lie and get away with it.

Why We Lie: The Source of Our Disasters” is a book, unsurprisingly, about lying.


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Weight, Weight!

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Women and The Weight Loss Tamasha by Rujuta Diwekar (9789380658339) , book reviewThis is a book which comes complete with a note of appreciation from Kareena Kapoor, handwritten and scanned – if you have never read Rujuta Diwekar before and are a little wary of a book that calls itself Women and the Weight Loss Tamasha be prepared for a surprise – the book is entertaining and, if you’re thinking about losing weight, useful. Diwekar has a breezy style peppered with Hindi and Marathi from time to time, making sitting down with the book sound like having a conversation with a woman friend.

For someone who is quite obviously the force behind that famous Size Zero figure, Diwekar’s theory seems a stopper.


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Mapping Malignancy

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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer By Siddhartha Mukherjee, book reviewAs a haematologist’s daughter, the terms ‘leukemia’ and ‘remission’ floated fairly frequently through the house. I didn’t quite understand them to begin with except that there were frequent phone calls, stories of children who had come to be examined at the Institute and the haunting tale of a patient who had been told by a psychic that everything would be all right who stopped all treatment despite protests from my father and who finally died, so presumably he was ‘all right’ in the sense that he was free from all physical ills. Later, without being asked, I heard stories about bone marrow transplants and spine taps and how painful it was for children. Leukemia, I gathered was an incurable ill that could only be fought with whatever tools there were at hand while researchers frantically sought to evolve a cure.

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Dirty Bombshell – From Thyroid Cancer Back to Fabulous

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Dirty Bombshell: From Thyroid Cancer Back to Fabulous! by Lorna J. Brunelle, book reviewLorna Brunelle was just 33 when a routine medical exam alerted her to a problem in her neck which subsequent tests showed to be papillary thyroid cancer, the most common format of this relatively rare form of cancer. As a professional voice user (she’s a singer, acting coach and trainer) and a plus-sized model she was terrified that surgery on her neck might damage both her voice and her looks and hence her career. She kept records of her experience throughout her ‘journey’ with cancer and these were used to create her book ‘Dirty Bombshell – from Thyroid Cancer back to Fabulous’ which I have recently read on my Kindle after downloading a copy from Amazon for about £7.

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Irrational Logistics

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The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home By Dan Ariely, book reviewDan Ariely’s The Upside of Irrationality is a summary of the behavioural patterns that he has been studying over the years. The book is a follow up to his Predictably Irrational, which was a runaway success when it came out, and The Upside of Irrationality shows every sign of following in its footsteps. What it is is a study of the irrational way in which people behave in a manner that goes against their best interests. The book tries to change the “rational consumer” principal into advice on how to lead a better life and it is fairly successful in this endeavour. However, some of what Ariely points out as habitually irrational behavior cannot be changed despite out best efforts to do so, which is why ‘fairly successful;’ best describes Ariely’s work.


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Food and Philosophy: Eat, Think and be Merry

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Food and Philosophy: Eat, Think, and be Merry Edited by Fritz Allhoff, Edited by Dave Monroe, book reviewI’ve worked in the food industry for nearly 15 years. I think I’m quite a thoughtful and philosophical soul. So the idea of a book on Food and Philosophy appealed to me. However, perhaps I’d been expecting something a bit ‘lighter’; a bit more ‘Food for Dummies’ perhaps. I’d not really prepared myself for a highly academic treatment on the subject of food. I tried to read it in bed, I tried to read it in the bath but I never really found the time and place to get the most of this book.

In the introduction to the book the editors – Fritz Allhoff and Dave Monroe – suggest that the reader can treat the book as a menu from which choose the courses that interest them.

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The Real Me is Thin

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The Real Me is Thin By Arabella Weir, book reviewThe Real Me Is Thin is a biography by actress, comedian and writer, Arabella Weir. Arabella was a regular face on the comedy series ‘The Fast Show’ with Paul Whitehouse, where her catchphrase “Does my bum look big in this?” featured regularly. As well as being a regular on the series ‘Grumpy Old Women’ she has appeared in plays and TV series such as ‘Skins’.

A few years ago I read a previous book of Arabella’s which was named after the aforementioned catchphrase “Does My Bum Look Big In This” and quite enjoyed it, so when I was given a copy of her latest offering, ‘The Real Me Is Thin‘ I was interested in reading it, particularly as this was a biography highlighting her issues with food and eating throughout her life.


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Against All Odds

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The Red Devil: to Hell with Cancer - and Back: To Hell with Cancer - and Back By Katherine Rich Russell, book review“I found the lump twenty minutes before breakfast, three weeks after my marriage broke up,” Katherine Russell Rich’s book opens with a slap in the face. And it continues at that pace, slap after slap as the author unfolds her journey through an Inferno that she calls Cancerland. We meet doctors who hover on the brink of malpractice suits and who are unwilling to believe that any woman in her thirties could possibly have breast cancer. And there are co workers who avoid anyone who reminds them that they may one day die. And relatives who cannot mention the ‘c’ word. And friends who are as young as Russell Rich and therefore cannot deal with the reality of cancer.


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Healthy Eating for Lower Cholesterol

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Healthy Eating for Lower Cholesterol: In Association with Heart UK, the Cholesterol Charity By Dan Green, By Catherine CollinsWhen I ordered this book I was under the impression that it was just a cookery book, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there was a substantial introductory section written by a dietician, Catherine Collins, that explains how cholesterol travels round the body, how it builds up and why this is dangerous, how to reduce your risk factors, what a healthy-heart diet is and why a Mediterranean diet is one to be seriously considered. This section is followed by one hundred healthy and delicious recipes from chef Daniel Green.


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