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Sunil’s Top Books 2023 

December 21, 2023

As is the tradition every year, I wanted to share my top 5 absolute Favourite books, from my reading list. Admittedly, in 2023, I’ve found less time for reading compared to previous years. The busy months and added responsibilities at home, especially with the kids, might be the culprits. However, I’m excited to make up for this shortfall during the upcoming holidays. I have a delightful stack of books waiting for my undivided attention. 

Reflecting on 2023, it has been a transformative year for me personally. It pushed me to my limits and expanded my perspectives, introducing new ways of thinking and believing in what’s possible and achievable. Throughout this journey, my passion for pens and books has remained unabated. I’ve always been open about how this simple habit brings me joy, keeps me healthy, progressive, help shaping me a person I am today and contributes overall wellbeing. 

Here are my top 5 reads for the year, mostly falling into the categories of personal development and elevated thinking. I must confess, novels don’t find a place on my reading list. Patience for them has never been my strong suit; I prefer books that offer insights for personal 7 professional growth, a different thinking/ideas, most importantly how some people can get so much done while some just stuck in simple day to day life. When asked if I read every page of a book, my response is that I read selectively. I skim through most, and if a book doesn’t capture my attention, it finds its place on my bookshelf for future read. But the ones get me I possibly read them two three or four times. First book in my list I have read it three times already.  

Yes, it’s true—I tend to buy more books than I can realistically read. And, if you happen to visit my home, you’ll quickly notice that books have made themselves at home in every room. There’s no escaping a room without a book lying around somewhere. 


1. Inner Engineering by Sadhguru  

In ‘Inner Engineering’, Sadhguru presents a profound exploration of the inner world, offering insights that resonate deeply with those seeking a higher understanding of themselves and the world. Having read the book three times, I find that each journey through its pages reveals something new and enlightening. These meditations are not just exercises in mindfulness but are tools for transforming one’s life. They guide the reader towards a state of peace and joy that is not easily disturbed by life’s unpredictable situations. Sadhguru’s teachings, distilled in these pages, emphasize the importance of inner balance and the ability to navigate life’s ups and downs with equanimity. 

This book is a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. It’s a guide for anyone looking to delve deeper into their inner world and emerge more peaceful, joyful, and resilient. Every read is a new adventure, offering fresh perspectives and valuable tools for a fulfilling life. 


2. Make your bed by William H McRaven

If you are a father, like me, I humbly request you to gift your book to your kids and ask them to read it in the holidays. And please don’t’ expect them to start making their beds, but you will see a change, a contribution, a shift in their mindset, it’s a slow progression. It has some amazing lessons. I used to be lazy sometimes in making my bed, but since the shift has happened, every time I wake up, I make my bed first. Not to the ‘specifications’, but it’s made.  

Make Your Bed is a concise and powerful book that distils essential life lessons into simple, actionable advice. Drawing on his experiences as a Navy SEAL, McRaven emphasises the significance of starting each day with the task of making your bed. This seemingly mundane activity becomes a metaphor for discipline, attention to detail, and the importance of small victories. 

The book unfolds through ten life lessons McRaven learned during Navy SEAL training and military service. Make Your Bed is a quick read that leaves a lasting impression. 



3. My Story by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

On my visit to Dubai early this year blown my mind on how a united group of people can build such a strong nation & rise despite the extreme challenges. I am specially planning a trip of UAE to get next level of inspiration to see how big things possible.  

My Story offers readers a unique and personal glimpse into the life of one of the most influential leaders in the Middle East. As the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum shares his experiences, challenges, and insights in this autobiographical account. 

Sheikh Mohammed addresses key moments in his leadership, offering insights into the decision-making processes and the challenges faced in steering Dubai’s transformation into a global hub. The narrative unfolds in a straightforward and engaging manner, making it accessible to a broad audience. 



4. Our Iceberg is Melting by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber

This is a fun and helpful story about penguins facing a big problem in their icy world. The melting iceberg represents the need to deal with change in the workplace. 

What makes this book special is its simplicity. The story format makes it easy to understand complex ideas about how organisations can adapt to change. Each penguin character represents different personalities we often find at work, making it relatable for everyone. 

The book talks about the importance of accepting change, working together, and being flexible. It shows how leadership, communication, and innovation are crucial in uncertain times. The story is interesting, and you’ll cheer for Fred and his friends as they face challenges and convince others to accept change. 

I found this book an incredible teaching tool, we have introduced to leaders of our organisation.  




5. The Most Productive People in History by Michael Rank

Michael Rank explores the lives of the 17 most productive people in history. These remarkable individuals made a lasting impact through their exceptional productivity. The book takes a captivating look at the habits, mindset, and achievements of these extraordinary figures. 

Rank doesn’t just tell stories; he includes practical advice and lessons from these exceptional individuals that readers can apply to boost their productivity in various parts of life. The book serves as both a tribute to historical figures and a practical guide for those looking to enhance their productivity. 


May this festive season bring you the opportunity to explore numerous books that will illuminate and guide you in matters of balance, family, the future, and your career. Warm wishes for a Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year. May this holiday period be filled with moments of enlightenment and inspiration through the pages of many wonderful books. 

Sunil Kumar   



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