"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Thursday, April 9, 2009


In his book, 'Unleashing Genius with the World's Most Powerful Learning Systems', Dilip Mukerjea introduces the 'The Steps to Power Browsing a Book'.

Here he goes:

You can go through a book by browsing at high speed, in a particular manner, so that you get lots of information in very little time. Tony Buzan calls this exercise ‘Power Browsing’ because it can be done fast. Other authors use a similar approach but use their own terms for the same exercise.

I have modified it to suit individual and group learning needs. The good news is that it can be done by anyone!

Later, we will combine it with speed reading, Mind Mapping, and memory techniques, so
that you have the magic formula for 'Power Study'.


(1) Select a quiet, well-lit place to read. Wear comfortable clothing. Have lots of drinking water handy. If you wish, play some soft Baroque or New Age music (NO rock, rap, or other rowdy stuff!).

(2) Tear off several strips of paper for use as bookmarks.

(3) Have a drawing block, coloured markers, highlighters, and Post-it Notes available.

(4) State your purpose for doing this exercise! Your objective is to finish the book in the little time that you have available.



Without opening the book, survey it from all sides. Check out the front and back covers, and the spine. Contrary to the warning: “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” I suggest you do, at least partially.

The outside of the book can give you a great deal of information, as for example, from the title, sub-title, the author’s name, the blurbs, testimonials, and outlines. The cover design, with or without any imagery, will also give you some important feedback. Use this opportunity to check how much you can predict about the contents of the book. This should take no more than thirty seconds; at the most, a minute.

[To be continued in the Next Post. All the images in this post are the intellectual property of Dilip Mukerjea.]

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