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The Penguin History of Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300
The first half of the book is quite interesting where Thapar talks about historiography and how biases and agendas of diverse groups affect their peri ...more
Aug 21, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
Who's Bigger?: Where Historical Figures Really Rank
Using quantitative analysis (somewhat similar to Google's pagerank) on the english-language Wikipedia's entries to rate historical personalities, the ...more
Jan 29, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
Red Plenty: Inside the Fifties' Soviet Dream
How can you not like a novel which begins : ``This is not a novel. It has too much to explain, to be one of those. But it is not a history either, for ...more
Jun 30, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?: Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need to Know to Get a Job Anywhere in the New Economy
Quite a few fun riddles and puzzles. The author has a flair for the dramatic and loves to exaggerate a bit, but it's all in good fun.
May 19, 2014
May 23, 2014
Mathematics in India
This is a very interesting book on a subject that has received too little academic attention and scrutiny. Plofker manages to convey the essence of In ...more
Sep 20, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
This is a fascinating and thoroughly well-researched book. It does sometimes make generalisations, or sweeping statements that experts might not agree ...more
Jul 07, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
ऋग्वेद कथा
किसी भी रूपांतरित या अनुवादित किताब की समीकषा करना, अपने आप में कई मसाइल खड़े करता है। आलोचना हेतु किसे समबोधित किया जाए? अनुवादक को या मूल रचनाकारों क ...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
A Short History of Myth
Given the ambition and scope that the title implies this was either going to be a masterpiece or fail disastrously. Unfortunately, Armstrong takes the ...more
Jul 29, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
The Horse in Human History
This is a very ambitious look at all of human history through an equestrian lens. I did find a lot of her general arguments about the very important i ...more
Oct 31, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
Empires of the Plain: Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon
This book is subtitled ``Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon'', but there is a lot more Rawlinson and far too less on cuneiform or the a ...more
Apr 10, 2015
Apr 10, 2015
Dictionary of the Khazars: A Lexicon Novel - Female Edition
I read this book for a course, and I think I wouldn't have gotten as much out of it were it not so. I really enjoyed the nonlinearity and playfulness ...more
May 22, 2013
May 22, 2013
Pakistan: A Hard Country
I did learn a lot about Pakistan's recent history and political landscape from this book, but the author is clearly filled with a certain sense of nos ...more
Dec 16, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
This book started off promisingly enough - an somewhat paranormal squid heist, the ``magic-squad'' of the police, strange Cthulhuesque cults, an occul ...more
Sep 10, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
The White Tiger
I have no clue why a book with one dimensional characters, no plot, and a total lack of any literary flair got the Booker? It fails as a work of ficti ...more
Nov 24, 2009
Nov 24, 2009
The Imam And The Indian, Prose Pieces
This collection of essays is quite varied from fairly informal writings to very academic papers submitted to anthropological journals, but they all sh ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
The Implied Spider: Politics & Theology in Myth
To begin with the central metaphor of "telescopes vs. microscopes" to contrast a bird's eye view vs. an in-depth study irked me a lot (since both thos ...more
Nov 22, 2013
Nov 23, 2013
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
The writing is good and there are bits that sparkle through, but on the whole the major's character was too much of a pompus git for me to like him. A ...more
Jan 04, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
Understanding Iran: Everything You Need to Know, From Persia to the Islamic Republic, From Cyrus to Ahmadinejad
A surprisingly honest and candid introduction to modern Iran and Iran-America relations, coming from a Washington insider. My only objection to this w ...more
Mar 30, 2011
Mar 31, 2011
The Ideas and Men Behind the Indian Constitution ; Selections from the Constitutent Assembly Debates - 1946-1949
This collection of speeches made in the Constituent Assembly gives an interesting insight into the ideas behind the constitution. However, for a book ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
The Hindus: An Alternative History
Phew! This was a long read, but then what do you expect for a book that attempts to give a history of Hinduism and begins with 50,000 BC. It is certai ...more
Apr 03, 2012
Apr 03, 2012
Brilliant writing which is spoiled by the jarring way in which it tries to reconcile with, and clashes with scientific fact. Most of the stories try t ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 31, 2008
Schild's Ladder
The most brilliant Egan that I've read so far. I think writing non-dystopian sci-fi which truly raises compelling moral and ethical questions which ha ...more
Apr 12, 2015
Apr 12, 2015
Friendly Fire: Stories
**spoiler alert** There is something very powerful in the way Aswany says more by what he leaves unsaid, like what transpires between the new resident ...more
Mar 15, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
The Arctic Marauder
How can you not like a book which ends with «(view spoiler) ...more
Jul 29, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
Incendiary Circumstances: A Chronicle of the Turmoil of Our Times
In spite of the horriffic and disheartening events that he writes about, like a true humanist, Ghosh has a way of not keeping it all about very person ...more
Mar 24, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
At the Mountains of Madness: A Graphic Novel
Lovecraftian horrors just don't adapt well to a visual format, and it's probably too much to expect since most of HPL's works depend upon unimaginable ...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
First Kyu: A Novel
This is a book about a Go player written by a winner of the Canadian Go Championship, so I badly wanted to like it, but the storyline and quality of t ...more
Jun 17, 2011
Jun 17, 2011
While it is very well written glimpse into a truly demented mind, I was too creeped out by Q_ P_ to enjoy the artistry involved in writing from the PO ...more
Jan 20, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
It's pretty well written except for the places where it tries to break out of usual noir with new-world quantum pseudosciencery.
Feb 11, 2010
Feb 13, 2010
Little Black Book of Stories
The first Byatt I read was Ragnarök, and I was blown away by her ability to make the modern, the contemporary sound mythical. There is magical realism ...more
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 07, 2014
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