Today I am interviewing Dr. Prakash Dheeriya, author of the Finance For Kidz series of finance books for children; Professor of Finance at California State University and owner of Fintelligence, which provides financial intelligence services on companies, industries, sectors and asset classes to high net worth clients. Prakash was born in Bombay, India and came to the United States in 1984 for his doctoral studies in Finance. After graduating from the University of North Texas in 1987, he worked as an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee for two years. In 1989 he went to work for Illinois State University before starting Fintelligence and moving to the West coast to teach at California State University.

Dr. Dheeriya is a prolific writer and has an entire series of books dedicated to helping to teach basic financial principles to children. W
hat is unique about these books are that they are simply children's stories, based on his own children's lives, but contain financial lessons in them. He explains complicated financial concepts like deflation, risk and return and identity theft (to name a few) through stories that all children can relate to. You can find his books on amazon through the link at the right or through his own website at: .

With that said, What's in your library Prakash?

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - This book really opened my eyes to the benefits of Capitalism and individualism. It taught me the dangers of Socialism and shows what can happen to a society over time when their political leaders make the wrong choices, and the brunt of the population embrace them.

A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley -  I found it fascinating to visualize what another world would look like. The scientific advances that Huxley imagined coupled with the degradation of humanity were scary, yet thrilling at the same time.

Animal Farm by George Orwell - This book explains the political maneuverings of human beings. One line that always stands out to me is "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others." Written as a satire of the Soviet Union, it points to how the best intentions of the revolution were lost to personal ambition. 

1984 by George Orwell - This book provided a scary view of the "Big Brother" watching you. Reading the newspapers nowadays makes you wonder whether Orwell wasn't really that far off the mark! Imagine a world with hypocrisy and evasion by the state, a country where war was considered peace (as long as it was happening somewhere else), and torture was used not only on enemies but on those thought to be enemies. Couldn't happen here! Could it?

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - This was a very funny book. I thought the writing style was unique and memorable. Well worth a read!

Thanks Prakash.

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