Title: Ready, Study, Go! Smart Ways to Learn
Publisher: Harper Collins India
Authors: Khurshed Batliwala & Dinesh Ghodke
“Ready, Study, Go!” is aimed at presenting to readers the methods of effective learning. And it does succeed.
Penned by, IIT pass outs Khurshed Batliwala & Dinesh Ghodke- better known as ‘Bawa N Dinesh‘- this book is an insight into authors’ experiences over the years as leaders, organizers, observers, Art of Living teachers, and above all common students struggling with books & notes.
About the Authors
Khurshed, an Art of Living teacher at Bangalore Ashram, holds a Masters degree in Mathematics from IIT Bombay. He is an ardent lover of music & food, and runs a cafe at the Ashram. Through his workshops, Bawa pursues his interest in various fields.
Dinesh is a B.Tech. in metallurgy & material science from the same institute. His urge to make a difference to the society, paved way for him to be an Art of Living teacher. A fitness enthusiast, with a sportsman spirit, Dinesh is also a prolific writer.
Under the guidance of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Bawa and Dinesh have run several social projects & designed a program called YES!+ (Youth Empowerment and Skills). They have an experience of teaching students from all sections of society. And this book- to be precise, is a simply the result of all that they have done throughout the years.
And now the book…
As the sub title reads, “Smart Ways to Learn”, this book is actually a compilation of several smart ways to learn. The first chapter provides a description of the seven levels of our existence and how learning is a process that requires proper synchronization of all the seven levels. The subsequent chapters deal with taking proper care of the body & the requirement of a proper attitude to study effectively.
The book seeks to answer several irksome questions- What, Where, When and How to study?, that have puzzled students since time immemorial. I feel the chapters titled ‘Emergency Studying‘ and ‘Using the Brain‘ may be printed separately to be given to students in schools or colleges. They will prove to be really really helpful in discovering the art of studying.
The authors have provided a number of instances from their personal lives to support their arguments. They show the readers how rote learning can be avoided with the help of Mind Mapping and Radical Thinking. Besides this, the chapters on team leadership and relationships act as an icing on the cake.
Some people might feel that the last chapters of the book are superfluous, but those chapters are like a free dessert after the main course. These very chapters make this book self contained.
Thus, ‘Ready, Study, Go!’ is a must read for people of all ages. This book deserves a place on the desk of every student, amateur & professional.
Final take on the Book
This book lived up to my expectations to a great extent. I feel it has some things which people already know, presented in a more convincing and better way. In the very first chapter, the authors write about bringing positive thoughts to mind, which reminds me of the book ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne. However, the authors have done a great job by including a chapter on ‘The Secret’ as well, in which things are presented in a more convincing manner (as I already said).
The concept of Mind mapping & Radical thinking is also something about which most people already know. It is just that this concept has found its rightful place. Despite all this, the book has a lot more new things to offer its readers.
My Rating: **** (4/5)
What’s your take on this book? What are your opinions on some of the techniques that I’ve mentioned above? And do you have any tips for ‘effective learning’? Would love to hear. Thanks.