Thursday, January 25, 2007

Weekend reading materials to keep me sane…

Today, we (Rizal, Ian, Ashwad and I), decided to skip lunch and go book-hunting for our coming weekend reading marathon.

And did we skip lunch? No… we failed again… And we ended up at Little Penang Café at The Curve – makan Char Koey Teow, Nasi Goreng, Pie Tee etc… At times like these, we sure do miss Mokciknab our resident Ratu Shopping Centre.

After makan-makan we had multiple-orgasm with books .. oh books.. we love em books at Borders and MPH..

So what did I get me this time?

After hearing so much about it, from friends and also Le Kimster, I decided to buy Ooi Kee Beng’s “The Reluctant Politician – Tun Dr Ismail and His Time”.

The book is about Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister who passed away of a heart attack on August 2, 1973 and current issues of that era.

It provides new perspectives about the struggle for independence, regional issues and UMNO’s internal conflicts, among others.

And because I am the type who would normally read 3 or 4 books at one time… yes… I would read Book A for one hour, then take a break, pick Book B, read it for another hour, then Book C, and so on and so forth, I ended up buying 3 other books for the weekend reading marathon.

The next book is “The Google Story” by David Vise.

It tells about the latest developments and issues facing Google as it continues to expand and innovate while trying to sustain the guiding vision of its founders’ mantra: DO NO EVIL…

Next, a very interesting book…

The G Quotient by Kirk Snyder.

It is about why gay executives are excelling as leaders.

The G Quotient is based on a five-year study into the beliefs and behaviours of more than 3,000 managers and employees across major economic sectors in the United States.

It redefines successful leadership for all managers.

According to the study, organizations and working units under the leadership of gay males are collectively experiencing 35 percent higher levels of employee engagement, job satisfaction, high workplace morale and reporting greater employee loyalty and productivity.

And the 4th book, is the winner of the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of The Year Award – Thomas Friedman’s “The World is Flat”.

I just have to read this book... oh well.. at least I will appear a bit intelligent quoting some points in the book while attending those boring cocktail receptions. Kan kan kan?

Happy reading to me….

And to Jeff Ooi and Rocky, you have created history. Kalau menang pun you menang, kalau kalah pun you ‘menang’. Know what I mean… wink..wink…