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Read on to know what subscribers to The Whistle are enjoying in September 2022 at The Whistle Library, when we are looking at urbanisation across the world, the great attrition, the soul of business, strategy-making in turbulent times and books on the rise of tech in China. Plus, articles on writing, fiction, art reviews, and discovering western classical music for our times.

Reading to Understand the World

Hello subscribers and welcome to The Whistle Library for yet another month of reading, listening and viewing. Selected from the Web for subscribers like you.

This month, I would like to bring you reading that furthers our understanding of the world. In a time of great tumult and change, it is important to focus on aspects of our lives and the world that help us make sense of the change. To start with, I bring you an article from Brookings that is a summary of a larger study of the process of urbanisation around the world, and what is driving it.

Next, everyone has been talking about the great resignation, particularly after the Covid pandemic in the West. McKinsey calls it the great attrition, and has identified five personas that companies ought to keep in mind when hiring. I can tell you that I don’t belong in any of the five categories, but it might be useful reading, nevertheless.

Then I have for you a podcast from the Institute for New Economic Thinking that features a conversation between its president, Rob Johnson, and Allan Murray, CEO of Fortune Magazine on his new book that is about the search for the soul of business.

And there are two articles from the HBR – one on making strategy for turbulent times by the chief and partners at Bain Consulting, and another on books that help us understand the rise of tech in China and what it means for us.

In books, I have for you an article from The Paris Review that is a conversation between Pankaj Mishra and Anuradha Roy of Permanent Black, book publishers in India, on the environment of fear that writers have to cope with.

The Paris Review also has an article by Haley Mlotek about having to tolerate August, the month just going by. Having vacationed in UK and Europe in the summer, including in August, I have heard friends there say that they have no choice but to get out in August, because their cities are swamped by tourists! Strangely, that’s an observation the author of this piece doesn’t make.

The New Yorker features a work of fiction, Skyscrapers, by Alejandro Zambra, a Chilean poet and author whose work has been acclaimed by many around the world.

And Julian Barnes visits an exhibition at The National Gallery, London, and writes about two portraits in the London Review of Books. I didn’t know that Barnes wrote on art.

In music, there wasn’t much that I could find to share this month, perhaps because of summer holidays, so I thought I’d share a little of what I have been listening to. This summer, I have been discovering the genius of Rachmaninoff, a composer whose music I hadn’t heard much of, and I realise just how much I have been missing in piano music. Here’s his Piano Concerto No. 2. It captures the mood of our times perfectly, I think, filled with pathos and uncertainty, and perhaps even impending doom.

Speaking of piano music, August happens to be the month, Claude Debussy was born. Here is a guide to some of his music from The Gramophone Magazine.

Then again, if more of us make attempts to understand the world, we might come out of this safe and better prepared for what lies ahead.

Stay safe and well till we meet here again next month.