Frontlist | Assertive writing and the scent of new booksFrontlist | Assertive writing and the scent of new books
on Mar 15, 2021
IIT & IIM alumnus, Sameer Nigam, is the CEO at Stratbeans, a company that drives digital transformation through AIbased online learning. A voracious reader, he enjoys reading books across diverse genres.
Have your reading preferences changed over the years?Earlier, I read books on specific skills such as sales, marketing, communication, and strategy. But now, I enjoy exploring contemporary ideas that stimulates mental, emotional, and physical well-being. In particular, I enjoy biographies, psychology, science, and business magazines.
What books do you like and what do you dislike?I don’t read fiction, but otherwise I savour a very broad spectrum of subjects. To do that, I start by sampling it in audio format over Blinkist. If I like the sample, then I go for the full audio or paper version. Also, I prefer reading works written in the last 20 years. Must Read - Stephen King’s newest is surprisingly short for this audiobook roundup 16 international titles to watch for in March Read an excerpt from Vishwas Patil’s Sambhaji, a moving portrait of an oft misunderstood braveheart
What kind of writing do you appreciate and what kind puts you off ?I like friendly and assertive writing in colloquial language, as by Mark Manson. I also like expository style with simple language and shorter sentences.
What is it about the written word that audio or visual cannot fulfill?I love the written word because you can personalise it easily. At IIM Ahmedabad, as students we were encouraged to mark the reading material in many colours and personalise it. I still follow that philosophy. Unlike audio/video, written words make you move at the pace of your understanding. So there is mental exercise involved in reading. Among candidates I have interviewed for an analytical role, I find more competitive ones generally have reading as a hobby. It is also the typesetting, paper colour/ texture/thickness that creates a surreal experience. I am fond of the proverbial ‘new book scent’. And I can spend hours browsing books at large bookstores like Barnes and Nobles when travelling or Bahrisons locally.
Do you maintain a book shelf/e-library?I follow minimalism as an efficient and sustainable way of life. And I intend to own only those items which I may actively engage with. Therefore, I keep no more than 30 books at a time, and I refer to them actively. For e-books/audiobooks, I use Percipio, Storytel and Audible. Source: newindianexpress.com
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