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About Sammy Jarauvik
Books. I love them. My interest in books started when I was a little Kid and my father took me to the local news paper vendor. I used to pick and choose children's books that were colorful (of course magic and supernatural components were essential) Ha Ha Ha!I have been passionate about books ever since.
As it happens with many, I also had to focus on books more academic, which has led me to complete my doctoral studies in biological sciences. But the seeds (words) that were sown in me while I was young were just still vital and continued to spring up in the form of small poems and writings.
Though I was pursuing my academics towards my degrees, the charm that children's books only could give never failed to mesmerize me. Alongside, as I grew up, I moved on to books of heavier stuff especially mind power, positive thinking etc.
Some of my favorite authors are Norman Vincent Peale, Dale Carnegie, M.R.Kopmeyer, Max Lucado, Phillip Yancey.
The world of words is so magical that it can turn the life of a person around for good. I have experienced it many times.
I am so fascinated by words because they can travel and reach a person who is in a far away country. Words can even reach a person who will be beyond my lifetime (what a great prospect!). I cannot personally travel everywhere but with words we can connect across this globe(and now we have!)- SAMMY JARAUVIK
Is patience relevant in today's world?
Is there anyone I can trust?
How can I regain my youthfulness?
How to improve my relationships?
How can I handle criticism?
How can I reach my goals?
Failures upon failures; now what?
Have you ever asked such questions? This book is the result of such questions!
Life is a series of questions and their answers. Sometimes we get the right answers and sometimes the unforeseen happens. No one is immune to mistakes and failures. Every successful man has failed as many times as you and I have, so you are not far from success…
Before one takes this journey it would be important to state that this book is not primarily intended to give some ‘clear-cut-out-of-the-sky’ answers to ‘all’ the problems; the author strongly believes that no book can make such a promise (It would be high-handed if someone tells you it is possible). But what this book promises is different…This book will be an aide…a companion…in the pursuit of answers. What makes this book unique is its focus…‘you’!
You, like every other human being, are unique. So your problems are going to be unique as well. So a ‘one size fits all’ kind of approach to your problems would never suit. Instead of promising you ‘quick fixes’ this book will be your ‘faithful company’ as you read through and ponder upon the principles, thus stimulating you to find out your ‘own’ answers for your questions.
A fine day in a beach did not give rise to the contents inside. This book has evolved out of the experiences of people from different walks of life: doctorates, school kids, street vendors, college students and more. As years roll by we learn newer things and sometimes the same old things in a newer way. And it is exactly in that way these chapters have taken shape - Over the years! Nothing has been penned inside that has not been seen to work. All the principles discussed in this book are workable if anyone is willing to put their heart and mind into these.
There is no particular order of chapters that is best; you can start from whichever chapter (the author calls it ‘stimulus’) you find inviting. Thus, this book is a journey, not a guide. This is a set of stimuli, not a bunch of formulas. This is a push not a regimen.
Before going any further the author asks himself, “On what authority have I written this book?” Only one answer comes neat and clear: A heart that wishes the best for you!
Before you take this journey, only one question remains:
Are You Game Enough? To Win Towers! To Live Exalted!
What makes a researcher tick?
How to be a good PhD student?
I am doing my dissertation for my master’s degree, what to do?
Is research my cup of coffee?
Can I be a good research student?
These are questions loaded with intensity and these questions matter! For any researcher these are some of the myriad of questions that need to be addressed to have a satisfactory period in research.
This book is a preliminary attempt that will be useful to students undertaking research of any kind. This is a book that is intended to give a student or researcher some simple yet profound do(s) and don’t(s) in undertaking research. This book is filled with 99 tiny chapters, each of which would take less than 5 minutes to read; thus the name ‘The 5 Minute Researcher’
People in research, be it a small dissertation or a full time doctoral work, find time a scarce commodity and will be required to invest a lot of their time in to their work. This book respects this fact and with short chapters of less than 5 minutes of reading time researchers of any kind can give a reading without worrying about time. You can read a chapter in between your experiments e.g. incubation times. You can read one or more chapters as you wait for your glass wares to be autoclaved. You can sit down with a cup of coffee and this book during your break time. You can quickly glance through a chapter before you meet your supervisor.
I would have loved to have such a guide of simple do(s) and don’t(s) before I started my research career almost a decade ago. At that time I did get some haphazard view of how to be a good researcher but none gave me a tangible list that I could refer to when required...A list that I could have looked at when I needed some guidance...A list that would have helped me keep a check on my progress. After many years in the field of research, to compile these insights in to black and white only seems more relevant; so any seeking mind in research (be it biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences or any other field) need not fumble around trying to figure out these basic how to(s). Students can kick-start the change that they want in their research as all these points have come out of the personal experiences of many researchers.
You might not find great literary style in the chapters, but the content is needed and so has been kept simple. I have not found a common singular word to indicate masculine and feminine attributes, so I am forced to use words like ‘he’, ‘his’, ‘him’ etc. This does not in any way indicate any preference towards a particular gender. It is for the ease of writing that I have resorted to the use of these words. I have also shared some of my experiences in this book just to help me articulate the thoughts in a better way; never is it indicated anywhere that I have perfected all that is written inside. I too am in the learning curve.
Though it might be tempting to infer that this book is for only for students doing their research towards a PhD degree, it would be good to note that most of the points discussed are common to any student doing any research and related work.
This book however is not intended to guide you in your specific subjects of research, but will help you get around the common and general issues in research quicker and easier. This book will help you improve your research etiquettes. This book will tell you many things that most students are either unaware of or often overlook. There might be some points that you already know. If so – Congratulations! There might also be some newer insights which you are welcome to try.