What we're reading
‘Being in Love’ by Osho
This book is challenging all the preconceived notions I have about love and relationships. It’s about falling, rising and staying in love. It’s teaching me how to connect and relate to the people I care about in a way that is void of possessiveness, dominance and ego. Osho’s way with words is almost lyrical and the book reads like a lengthy poem that I fall in love with at the turn of every page.
Writer and bookseller
‘The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein’ by Kiersten White
My absolute love for ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley had me convinced I would love this character study of Elizabeth Frankenstein, or rather Elizabeth Lavenza... and I was right. Elizabeth finally has an identity of her own in this book. So far, much of her external identity has been formed around Victor - his wants and his needs, exactly as we see in ‘Frankenstein’ - but in this book, we get to see who Elizabeth is, as well as how and why she becomes that way. It’s all incredibly well-written, but I have to warn any action lover - this book is extremely slow-paced.
Gernot de Klerk
Marketing and communications head
A few weeks ago, I had the great fortune of listening to a presentation by Professor Christian Busch where he spoke about ‘The Serendipity Mindset: Connecting the Dots for Innovation, Impact and Smart Luck’ at the Nedbank marketing summit in Johannesburg. Now, at the start of the programme, one may have been forgiven for thinking “so, what does serendipity have to do with marketing, or even the world of business?” And then the light went on: Everything, if you care to open your mind and appreciate that not many things are as random as they appear. How happy was I to receive this complimentary book written by Professor Busch at the end of the session! I only started reading it a few days ago, and it has been a revelation for me.
‘The Serendipity Mindset’ is one of those books that changes habits as much as it changes perceptions, and awakens you to something you’d never given more than just a passing thought.