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3 Books With Neil Pasricha

Jul 16, 2019

3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Each chapter of 3 Books uncovers and discusses the three most formative books from one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Chris Anderson of TED, and the world's greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show as well as the world's only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers... and librarians. For more info check out: 

Raj Haldar is an artistic polymath who releases rap albums under the names Lushlife and The Skull Eclipses, produces albums, is official stadium DJ of the Philadelphia Eagles, makes science rap videos for Nick Jr, and is co-author of the runaway New York Times bestseller P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever.

Chapter Description:

I recently visited Type Books in The Junction neighbourhood in Toronto and stumbled upon P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever.

So I flip open the book and I discover there’s a page for every letter! A is for Aisle. C is for Czar. T is for … Tsunami. It’s a beautiful read and has been on the New York Times bestseller list ever week since it’s come out. 

Who’s the guy behind wild book?

Well, it’s the incredibly polyman Raj Haldar aka Lushlife, who’s also a rapper, record producer, one half of The Skull Eclipses, the official stadium DJ of the Philadelphia Eagles, and, yes, in his spare time, also makes viral science rap videos for Nick Jr. 

We break open concepts like: How do we speak out against established societal norms? What does the hustle in side hustle really look like? And, of course, what are Raj Haldar’s three most formative books? 

I hope you enjoy Chapter 33 of 3 Books.


  • How can we preserve old cultures while creating new norms?
  • How can we think about growing our creativity?
  • How has the democratization of music production and distribution changed the entertainment industry?
  • How can you manage your side hustle with your main job?
  • How can you pursue your passions and dreams even if your parents don’t support you?

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