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Wasn’t it Newton who saw an apple fall from a tree – to discover gravity ? I know, but domain names that make sense are all taken – so we simply have to do with ol’ man Albert.

Few mediums capture the very essence of our growth and evolution such as Words. It would be fascinating to read what you wrote even as recent as, five years before – and you can see how much you have evolved as a person, and as a writer during that time. Einstein-Apple is my humble attempt to archive my own personal thoughts in the form of short essays – on diverse topics such as politics, policy, environment, energy, sport, books, personal accounts and life. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. My reading preferences have no boundaries, but I am most fond of autobiographies, I learn a lot from personal lives, successes and tragedies. I am what you call a pragmatic idealist, I love Gregory House as much as I embrace idealism. I believe in hoping to change the world, embracing the power within each one of us to change the world, providing our future generation with education to help them change the world. I am a bit hokey – I sincerely believe in the American Dream, and the influence of luck in each of our lives. It takes 10,000 hours of practice to be good in what you do right ? Here is a beginning.

My top favorite books in no particular order –

Politics, Warfare and Governance 

  • Audacity of Hope: Barack H. Obama
  • Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance: Barack H. Obama
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of A Lifetime: John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
  • The Audacity to Win: David Plouffe
  • The Promise: President Obama, Year One: Jonathan Alter
  • The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama: David Remnick
  • Obama’s Wars: Bob Woodward
  • Kill or Capture: The War on Terror, and The Soul of the Obama Presidency, Daniel Klaidman
  • SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of An Elite Navy Seal Sniper: Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin
  • Man-Hunt: The Ten Year Search for Bin Laden– from 9/11 to Abbottabad: Peter L. Bergen
  • Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party: David Corn

Fiction (I don’t read fiction anymore – I have gone past fiction)

  • Kane and Abel: Jeffrey Archer
  • The Prodigal Daughter: Jeffrey Archer
  • Shall We Tell the President ? : Jeffrey Archer
  • A Prison Diary: Jeffrey Archer
  • Master of the Game: Sidney Sheldon
  • Best Laid Plans: Sidney Sheldon
  • A Stranger in the Mirror: Sidney Sheldon
  • The Doomsday Conspiracy: Sidney Sheldon
  • If Tomorrow Comes: Sidney Sheldon
  • Tell me Your Dreams: Sidney Sheldon
  • Timeline: Michael Crichton
  • Disclosure: Michael Crichton
  • Rising Sun: Michael Crichton
  • State of Fear (* Climate Change): Michael Crichton
  • Outbreak: Robin Cook
  • The Da Vinci Code: Dan Brown
  • Angels and Demons: Dan Brown
  • The Second Lady: Irving Wallace
  • The Third Twin: Ken Follett

Sports

  • Open: Autobiography Andre Agassi (with J.R. Moehringer)
  • Rafa: by Rafael Nadal and John Carlin
  • A Champion’s Mind (Lessons from A Life in Tennis): Pete Sampras : Pete Bodo
  • Hardcourt Confidential (Tales in Twenty Years of Pro Tennis Trenches): Patrick McEnroe (* Coach P-Mac sent me three personally signed copies as I responded to his facebook questions successfully – three times, thanks Coach)
  • Standing My Ground: Autobiography: Matthew Hayden
  • Out of My Comfort Zone: Autobiography, Stephen R. Waugh
  • 1997 Ashes Diary: Steve Waugh
  • Ashes Diary 2001: With Highlights from Australia’s remarkable Tour of India: Steve Waugh
  • Shane Warne: Biography
  • To the Point: No -Holds-Barred Autobiography: Herschelle Gibbs

Autobiography (Non-Sports)

  • Steve Jobs: Walter Issacson
  • Journals: Kurdt Cobain (*  must read for any Nirvana lover)
  • I am OZZY: Autobiography, Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Ayres
  • Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated: Life Behind the O.R. Doors: Paul A. Ruggieri
  • The Encyclopaedia Metallica

Applied Science for A General Audience 

  • The Tipping Point (How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference): Malcolm Gladwell
  • Outliers (The Story of Success): Malcolm Gladwell
  • Choke (What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal about Getting It Right, When You Have To): Sian Beilock

Running Riots (Comedy and Frat-boyish Comedy) 

  • Sh*t My Dad Says: Justin Halpern
  • Bossypants: Tina Fey
  • I hope They Serve Beer in Hell: Tucker Max
  • Cruising Altitude (Tales of Crash Pads, Crew Drama and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet): Heather Poole
  • Waiter Rant (Thanks for the Tip Confessions of a Cynical Waiter): Steve Dublanica

Traditional Classics 

  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull: Richard Bach
  • Who Moved My Cheese (An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work, and in Your Life): Spencer Johnson
  • The Catcher in the Rye: J.D. Salinger
  • The United States Constitution