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How to Win Friends & Influence People – Book Review

Hello folks, welcome to CCB. In today’s post I’ll Be reviewing the book ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’.

The book is written by Dale Carnegie and in the book the author talks about the various ways in which you can make friends and get the business done. The book is 316 pages long and at the end of the book there is a section about the author’s past that talks about how he became a coach.

This is one of the books that took quite a lot of time for me to read. I read one chapter per day and I also took breaks in between days.

Now the question is why should you read this book ? Is it because you want to make friends or do well in marketing aspects of your business ? For me personally I am happy with very little friends I have and having tonne of friends also comes with cons. But the nature of my business is such that I need more friends to make more money. In simple words if I post the link of this post on Facebook and if I have good number of friends who click on the link, I’d be making money. Many businesses run like that, for example my dad doesn’t have a website for his business and he gets his customers by word of mouth. And his friends circle is so good that I secured internships due to his network.

Coming back to the book, following the techniques mentioned in the book can help you get more friends but if you make friends just to get your wants done, then that cannot be termed as true friendship. So if you are someone who is reading this post and wants to make a tonne of friends for good reasons, well this book helps you but if you are someone who only looks at the benefits or favours, then too this book works but my suggestion is don’t use the tricks for mind manipulations.

Moving on to the question how much of the content really works ?, I would say that geography too plays an important part. The author of this book hasn’t lived in India or worked with rough labourers. I spent some time at the construction site of my grandmother’s property and sometimes if you had to get the work done by a worker who is busy on his phone, then the only way was to get the bad words rolling. This mayn’t be the case everywhere. The author of the book gives an example of a factory and says how being polite and trying a different strategy can get the things done. Well boy, does this work in rough conditions. Hell no !! Some time back there was a manager in a steel factory who was rude to the workers and one day two workers threw the manager into the furnace. Well, I haven’t verified this news, I heard it from a relative. Well if you are working in such situations then knowing how to win friends and influence people is definitely on top of the to do list.

In the book the author gives some simple strategies like ‘smiling’, ‘not criticising’ etc. to win friends. As the content gets deep the magnitude of the tips increases. Note, I cannot disclose the entire content because the book comes with a copyright. If I have to put the content in one sentence, then according to the author you need to look at stuff from the other person’s perspective.

Do people use the tips from the book ? To a certain extent YES. For example, I was late to work and my boss told me how I was early to work the previous month and now I’m deteriorating. This subtle hint was enough for me to be 30 minutes early to work from the next day. But would the same hint work for a rough dude who is a chronic latecomer. If the person is uncivilised then the boss would be like ‘’Son of a ***** why the **** are you late every ****** day ?’’. I’ve personally seen such scenarios and if you want to influence an uncivilised lad then you need to try stuff outside this book.

Now comes the rating. I would rate this book 3 on a 5 point scale.

Another thing to note here is, the author gives multiple examples to put forward a single point. If you are someone in a hurry then this book may seem like beating around the bush.

Well all of that aforementioned may seem like not purchasing this book, isn’t it ? Well, this is one of the best seller on Amazon and I have given a rating of 3 which is more than half. So you may have to rethink your purchase decision. Well, if you are planning to buy this book, why not purchase it from the affiliate link below ?


Well folks, that was it for this post. See you next time with a different one. Byeee 🙂

What’s on my desk…

You might be familiar with ‘What’s on my iphone ?’ videos and blog posts. This post is a similar one but here I talk about what’s on my desk ?

To begin with I have a decent desk with three drawers and two other compartments and a foot rest. Out of the three drawers one of them is a keyboard drawer, and since I use a laptop there isn’t a need for it and hence I use it to place a writing pad and some unused pages from my college notes. College notes usually do not get filled up entirely during the college year/semesters, so I tear apart these pages and keep it in the keyboard for some quick needs like jotting down a phone number or make a grocery list before heading to the grocery store or the supermarket.

This may sound a little old fashioned due to the presence of virtual assistants in today’s world. For example one could ask Siri to make the list on the Notes app or something similar. But the problem with it is not everyone could find it as a cakewalk, for example if a 72 year old granny isn’t tech savvy, she would probably find it easier to make the grocery list on a paper, rather than use virtual assistant or super expensive gadgets. The reason why I use paper over phone is that the validity of the grocery list is roughly around 20 mins, post that I mayn’t need it but if I make the list on a phone I should delete it once the task is done and there is also a chance of it getting synced with cloud and I don’t want it to happen.

The eco-friendly dudes mayn’t like the above paragraph…, moving on further I have a cup which I use as a pen stand. The regular pen stands look vague, so I use a cup which serves the purpose of a pen stand and also adds glam to the desk.

I’ve been a huge fan of writing instruments and I have plenty of them. My favourite ones are the fountain pens. It is December 2018 and some are taking notes on their tablets with cool styluses, so fountain pens, again sound a little old fashioned but they are just amazing and I like them. Moving on further I have a syringe which I use to fill ink. I also have glue, ink bottle and a torch adjacent to the pen stand a.k.a. cup.

Some of the books that I am not done reading lie on the desk and the pile is slowly growing. One of the reason for this growing pile is I end up buying books when my cart on Amazon doesn’t exceed INR 500. Post INR 500 there isn’t shipping charges, so for example if the value of the cart is somewhere close to 480 I buy books. The shipping charge at the time of writing this post is INR 40, so when I buy a book this amount gets deducted from the overall value of the cart or in other words I get INR 40 off on a book.

I also have a scientific calculator on my desk which I’m using quite a lot these days for calculating percentages and break even point. Most of these functions could be done on Microsoft Excel or Numbers but to do that I have to switch on my laptop or phone and open the right file on the application, which is a bit time consuming, so for swift calculations especially those that involves decimals and too many digits a calculator on the desk can come in handy.

There were plenty of applications on the App store that could do the aforementioned calculations but I didn’t like the user interface and handling of the applications, so I preferred the idea of having a calculator on the desk.

The drawers and the compartment shelter earpods and a gorilla pod respectively. I use the gorilla pod with a smartphone holder to shoot time lapses. It could also be used to hold the phone still while video calling, going live on Instagram or any other social media. The gorilla pod I use is Joby 3K, the reason I got




3K was it can hold decent amount of weight (3 kilograms), which means I can use the same gorilla pod for both my phone and camera.  There are gorilla pods with much lesser capacity (Joby 1K) but the problem with this is, it cannot be used to mount heavy cameras.

No plants : Recently I’ve seen many people having little plants in tiny pots on the desk. Having plants do add a different feel to the desk but I feel that the plants should be out in the sunlight and not under the influence of artificial lights from the laptops, monitors, bulbs etc. So I have the plants in the balcony, where it gets some real good sunlight and natural breeze.

Bye to the printer : The only reason I needed a printer was to print my examination admission tickets four times in an year and the printer was consuming desk real estate and needed periodic maintenance (removing dust, removing dried cartridges and installing new ones etc.). So I decided to let go off my printer. The solution for printing admission ticket was, I would get the admission ticket onto a usb stick and get it printed at a cyber centre. This is also cost effective. For example if the printer and its accessories costs INR 5000 and you let go off the printer and deposit the same money in bank, the bank pays you interest. Imagine the bank pays you an annual interest of 6% on INR 5000. The interest amount would be INR 300. And the cost for a black and white print of admission ticket is INR 2 per copy and INR 1 for Xerox at the time of writing this post. To be in a safer place it is good to have multiple copies of admission ticket just in case you lose one, so imagine you take 5 copies of admission ticket. The first copy is a print and the remaining are Xerox. That makes it INR 2+4 = INR 6. Four times an year = INR 24. INR 300 – INR 24 = INR 276. Which means I save INR 276 by ditching printer.

That is it from this post. See you next time with a different post. Have a great day 🙂

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind – Book Review

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind is a book written by Dr Joseph Murphy. The book contains 20 chapters/contents. At the end of each chapter, the essence mentioned in the chapter is briefed in short with bullet points. This briefing is very helpful because one can extract the information present in the book even after many days post reading the book, since this wouldn’t require one to read the entire chapter but just scan the bullet points, it is time saving and also doesn’t require one to underline important sections of the book or make additional notes.

Moving on to the content, the power of one’s subconscious mind could be similar to that of ‘Ishikawa diagram’ or what is commonly known as ‘Cause and Effect diagram’ or ‘Fish Bone diagram’ among the management grads, i.e. the thoughts of one’s subconscious could result to certain results. Where the thoughts are the cause and the results are the effects.

The author has given many examples ranging from the ancient times to the modern to describe the potential of one’s thinking and how that thinking could change one’s life.

Moving on to the verification of what’s mentioned in the book to that of real life scenario, one can definitely say that the author’s words are true to great extent. For example, an individual who could be an introvert during the first year of under graduate course might end up being an extrovert by the end of final year. Since I’ve personally witnessed such scenario happening I would agree with the book, since it says our actions are based on our thoughts and it is the thoughts that make an individual who she/he is.

In the middle sections of the book the author talks about how one’s subconscious mind can be used to get what one wants, be a partner in success etc. The author also talks about autosuggestion and heterosuggestion. If you’ve already read ‘Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill’, you’d be familiar with autosuggestion and this book would be more like a revision with respect to autosuggestion, however if you’ve not read then you could learn about it in this book.

The author talks about quite a lot of things like marital problems, happiness, human relationships, forgiveness etc. in the middle sections of the book.

In the final few chapters he talks about removing mental blocks and fears with the help of subconscious mind and he concludes the final chapter by saying how age is just a number and one can stay with good enthusiasm and spirit even when one grows old. He also gives many examples of great personalities who achieved great endeavours in their old age. The book finally ends with a good note.

If you are planning to buy the book. Here is an affliate link.