Well - it felt more like fables than stories :-) These really short stories are supposedly some of the best Chinese tales and are listed under dive3.5
Well - it felt more like fables than stories :-) These really short stories are supposedly some of the best Chinese tales and are listed under diverse topics like Adventure, Love, Ghosts, Satire etc in this collection. Good number of them amused me and some were chuckle-worthy indeed. Some left me feeling annoyed for the lack of closure. Not sure if it was lost in translation. My favorite ones are "The Jade Goddess", "The Wolf of Chungsan", "The Poets' Club" and "The White Monkey"....more
More like 2.5 stars. Reeks of oversimplification. Just when you want to give the authors benefit of doubt by assuming that they might have had accessMore like 2.5 stars. Reeks of oversimplification. Just when you want to give the authors benefit of doubt by assuming that they might have had access to data that was not probably mentioned in the book (after all this is not a peer reviewed paper), the notes section where the sources are listed made it difficult to do so. Started with a bang and ended with a whimper....more
Well written biography of Elon Musk that seems to focus slightly more on his business ventures and perception of those around him than the man's own tWell written biography of Elon Musk that seems to focus slightly more on his business ventures and perception of those around him than the man's own thoughts in his own words. It's probably because of lack of direct access to Musk in the first half of the writing journey. The tone is mostly neutral although towards the end one can sense a bit of fondness on author's side towards his subject.
The most amusing thing was how footnotes on certain pages are much longer than the page content itself.
Elon Musk is an interesting personality to know and the book does adequate justice to satiate curiosity of those who want to know more about his journey. One has to probably wait for Musk himself to write his memoir possibly when he has retired on Mars to know exactly what the man was thinking!...more
Absolutely loved it. The book resonated with me a lot - possibly due to the value system I uphold for myself. Being a staunch anti-theist, the conceptAbsolutely loved it. The book resonated with me a lot - possibly due to the value system I uphold for myself. Being a staunch anti-theist, the concept of individual finding her/his own way towards the goal of happiness happens to be the basis of my own values. So this book felt like a peek into my own mind. it being well written only adds to the appeal.
Some of the lines that struck a chord at the first read -
"..I was already wary of teachers and lessons. ." "Wisdom cannot be passed on. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to pass on to someone always sounds like foolishness" "Opposite of every truth is just as true!" "Everything that can be thought with the mind and said with words is one-sided" "The world, my friend Govinda, is not imperfect or on a slow path towards perfection; no, it is perfect every moment" "Everything always comes out a little differently as soon as it is put into words"
PS - This is not a book on Buddha or Buddhism; Buddha is a character in the novel and best treated that way!...more
I hate to say this book was not as endearing as the previous two books in the trilogy were!
The content was very engrossing and engaging for a historyI hate to say this book was not as endearing as the previous two books in the trilogy were!
The content was very engrossing and engaging for a history buff like me. Very well researched account of the events that culminated in the First Opium War around 1841! It was interesting to read about the extent of role British India played in all things related to opium.
So what went wrong? For me - it was the writing and story-telling. As I approached the middle section of the book, a voice inside me often chimed - "Who wrote this book and what did they do with Amitav Ghosh?" I also wondered if the famous author outsourced the writing of middle chapters to someone else! The frustration, for some reason, was more pronounced during those chapters! The beginning and the end were alright! Too many Non-English words. I understand using those words in conversation between characters would lend a bit of context to the ages and geographical location it was set in. However - what's the point in using them even while describing things, persons or events?
And with regards to Story telling - the author does not allow the reader to get familiar with the characters at all! The reaction that Deeti, Neel and other characters in the first two books (esp the first one) elicited out of me was completely missing in this one! In fact - I couldn't care less about Mrs.Burnham or Shireen Modi. I was hoping Deeti would make an appearance! Alas! There was simply no character that lingered me with me once I completed it - which I think is a failure on the part of story telling!
All in all - quite lack-lustre I must say! And personally more disappointed because Amitav Ghosh happens to be one of my favourite authors!...more
These words made popular via Alan Moore's "V for Vendetta" goaded me couple of weeks back take up a mission o"Remember remember the Fifth of November"
These words made popular via Alan Moore's "V for Vendetta" goaded me couple of weeks back take up a mission of completing the reading of original graphic novel by - you must have guessed - 5th of Nov which is today. And I did it.
I have watched the movie at least 3 times - thanks to lyrical quality of dialogues / monologues, Hugo Weaving's brilliant rendition of these lines and of course the political sentiments expressed.
My impression about the work post completion of the graphic novel remains the same as what I held for the movie- Very engaging political discourse however the characters are annoyingly uni-dimensional! A bit more complexity would have made the work more credible and possibly worthy of dissecting for practical application. As of now - it's just way too ideal!...more