Today I am going to review a book after a really long time. It took a while because I read the book twice before I managed to gather my thoughts and write a review. Before I start, let’s read a brief synopsis of the book, The Connected Age.
About the Book:
Taken together, mankind has the capability and resources to make the world a happy home for all life on the planet. Yet, we live in times of great discontent, environmental degradation, and individual powerlessness in the face of information, technological and material onslaught.
In these dystopian times, Sudhakar Ram sets out to show the road ahead. He examines how our Industrial Age mindset has been responsible for the current state of the world—where individuals and institutions are forever running on the treadmill of material success and operate as independent entities not really talking to each other. He makes a case for going beyond this mindset to embrace a set of new principles and practices that acknowledge the interdependent and connected nature of our existence, thus heralding a new ‘Connected Age’.
Based on his blog ‘The New Constructs’with more than 46,000 readers and drawing on the ideas of several modern thinkers—E.F. Schumacher’s Small Is Beautiful, Michael Sandel’s What Money Can’t Buy, and Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, among others—The Connected Age is a futurist’s vision for a new world and a guidebook about personal change.
They say, never judge a book by its cover but when I laid my eyes on Sudhakar Ram’s ‘Connected Age’, I just did that. There was something compelling about the book’s tag line, “Being the best you can be reinventing your world” which drew me in and made me stay up till late in the night to finish the book.
My first reaction to the book was that the things that it talked about were just beyond me. How could I, a regular girl, hope to bring about some chance in this world and so I decided to keep the book aside. But his words kept echoing in my mind and I thought I should read the book again; this time welcoming new ideas rather than shunning them.
The second time I read the book, I realized that Sudhakar Ram’s ideas are like a bitter pill; they are difficult to swallow at first, but in the end they do a world of good. His ideas maybe a little intimidating, but they are certainly not impossible and his writings will make you hope for a better world than the one we live in.
An interesting part of this book is that it contains several blogposts that Sudhakar has written in the last few years. They help you gain an insight into his thought process and how did he come up the concept of the Connected Age. The best part of the book is that it never preaches. It never tells you to follow a ten step guide to achieve something. Rather it introduces you to concepts, through personal anecdotes and stories and gives you the freedom to choose your own path.
The Connected Age is a refreshing read and will definitely give you enough food for thought for a long long time. It will compel you to think beyond what you’ve learnt and what you have been taught and take a step towards the betterment of the world. Do pick it up and let me know your thoughts. Would love to discuss this book with you J