I Caught Up on Some Philosophers in 2017: Vijayendra Mohanty


Vijayendra is a digital life form. His reading interests range from publishing to evolution and from science fiction to grammar. He writes fiction as well as non-fiction, the latter focusing on media, creativity, and culture. He tells us what his reading journey was like in 2017.

2017 was mostly a non-fiction year for me. Among the books I loved most are Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, and Rework, a business book by Jason Fried and David Heinmeier Hanson. In fiction I thought Samit Basu’s superhero novels Turbulence and Resistance were good fun. I also caught up on some philosophers who had been on my reading list for a long time, like AC Grayling for example.

Samit Basu is always eminently readable and is perhaps my favourite Indian fantasy writer. Sapiens, on the other hand, was a richly researched book about the human condition which painted a vivid picture of how we came to be where we are as the human race. Rework was a good read because it lays bare a lot of things that “everyone knows” about doing business and running a start-up.

Here’s a quote from Rework:

Plans let the past drive the future. They put blinders on you. “This is where we’re going because, well, that’s where we said we were going.” And that’s the problem: Plans are inconsistent with improvisation.

As far as discovering new authors in 2017 goes, none of note come to mind. I intend for 2018 to be more focused on fiction and new voices.

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