Freakonomics & ON@TCC

Read these two books recently.

Freakonomics: The book starts wonderfully, asking some very interesting questions like, “What is common between School teachers and Sumo wrestlers?”, “Which is more dangerous; a pool or a gun ?” and “Why do crack-cocaine dealers stay with their moms ?” The first four chapters (of a total six) are interesting and engaging, but the last two chapter which deals with the topics like ‘the negligible effects of good parenting on education’, and ‘the socioeconomic patterns of naming children’ didn’t interest me much. The book, as a whole, is a nice read, gives an insight on how significant can be Information Control (with examples of Ku Klux Klan and real-estate agents). I appreciate this work by Mr. Steven Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner.

One Night @ the Call Center: I borrowed a copy of the book ‘One Night @ the Call Center’ from a friend long back. The book was lying with me for quite sometime, I just couldn’t find interest to read it. Anyway, one night after I reached home past midnight, I picked this book up, and read first 60 pages. The book seems to be interesting, quite like the first book (Five Point Someone) by Mr. Chetan Bhagat. But, at the end of it there was not be much to gain, except for the fun of reading it. It’s very much like Bollywood’s masala movies, fun to watch but very little to gain in terms of knowledge.

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