Steve Jobs : The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson ; a review

When I heard of the movie Jobs staring Ashton Kutcher, I knew that I had to read the biography  before watching the movie. Though I confess I don’t watch Ashton Kutcher’s movies, find him to be a bad actor. Since this was about Jobs, I thought I will watch it(not done it yet).

I ordered a copy of  Steve Jobs : The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson , thank god for online purchase I even got a discount.  It is a thick book, 656 pages, now I don’t read biographies much, so here I was thinking, how long will it take for me to complete the book. I read it in 2 days. It is a well researched book, a very interesting read, I liked the style of writing and Isaacson has written about the good , the bad and  the weird Jobs.

I am an  Apple fangirl ( I am using a MacBook Pro to write this), so I wanted to know, the brains behind such amazing products, and I was not disappointed. I was specially fascinated with the story of iPod, a computer manufacturing company revolutionising  how we heard music. Steve Jobs saw an opportunity where others didn’t.  It changed the way the music industry did business.

We have a lot to thank Steve Jobs for, not just with computers, but the way we watch animation movies, they way we use our phone, read books and hear music. I remember when iPad was launched , there were so many negative reviews , right from its name to the fact that the tablet market was non existence. Now we see almost every manufacturer making tablets.

Some of my friends  who have never used an Apple product hate it and can’t stop criticising Apple as a company and Steve Jobs as a person, that is the kind of strong feeling he generated, even among people who did not know him and had never used any of his product.

Steve Jobs was a complicated man, a visionary, a pioneer, he could be a real b******, but he did give us some of the most amazing products in history.

Read this book if you are looking for a balanced  view on Steve Jobs life.

 

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THE WHITE TIGER

Just finished reading this amazing book by Arvind Adiga. Looking at India and its system through the eyes of Balram Halwai was very interesting. India, that is totally corrupt, lawless and morally drained , not a very pretty picture.

With most Indian authors , the protagonist either belongs to the middle class or the upper end of the social strata. So it was nice to find a protagonist who belongs to the bottom of the heap.

Arvind Adiga scores with his simplistic writing, no big words, nothing very fancy, but the end product is so compelling. The book is full of anger and dark humor. And some of the analogies he has used are just amazing. I particularly liked the one where he compares people to the Rooster Coop.

By the end of the book, you will forgive Balram of any misdeeds even murder. You feel so happy that he has broken out of the coop. I think more pages should have been dedicated to show the changes in Balram , from an obedient servant to a cold blooded murderer.

I got my money’s worth. A very good book. Waiting for the next by Arvind Adiga