30 stories on the same theme makes the book very repetitive and boring. In my opinion, though queerness in the Indian Mythology does need a discussion30 stories on the same theme makes the book very repetitive and boring. In my opinion, though queerness in the Indian Mythology does need a discussion, but doesn't demand a specific book.
However, people who support Sec377 by using the arguments that "its against out culture" should read this book. :-)...more
A truly fascinating read for me. It seems more like a research paper and less of a book, and has only one simple argument that extractive political inA truly fascinating read for me. It seems more like a research paper and less of a book, and has only one simple argument that extractive political institutions are the reason "Why Nations Fail". The book then goes on to describe how nations changed leading to prosperity by implementing inclusive regimes or lead the path of decline because the leaders were too scared of development.
This simple premise is repeatedly reinforced by examples across the globe from Great Britain to Japan to US to Africa. In the process, it makes a great read to understand what happened during the 1600s in Europe and how the tide turned for Western Europe. The point might seem repetitive but I assume that authors wanted to build a good case for their hypothesis.
What makes the book brilliant for me is the pure unbiased view that the authors take. Also, the historical aspects were something I had never known about and I doubt any other book can provide it as crisply as this did. Its a long read but truly worth it....more
Weird... Some stories do not end to allow the reader to conclude and get closure. This tries the same, I suppose, but fails miserably. It seems like tWeird... Some stories do not end to allow the reader to conclude and get closure. This tries the same, I suppose, but fails miserably. It seems like the publisher forgot to print 3 or 4 chapters at the end. I've never been so disappointed by a book as this one. :(...more
Enduring... One of dose books which u wish never ended esp d way its ending.
Its not a quick read, but its one of my favourites. For me its as good asEnduring... One of dose books which u wish never ended esp d way its ending.
Its not a quick read, but its one of my favourites. For me its as good as "To kill a Mocking Bird" nt thtz d highest praise I could ever give to a book. The author builds the characters so brilliantly. You just dont feel the situation, u feel connected to the people. I absolutely loved it with a few tear drops attached. ...more
Yes, thats "ONE" star and that too coz I can't give any less. I might be speaking against popular opinion, butthis has to be one of the worst books I'Yes, thats "ONE" star and that too coz I can't give any less. I might be speaking against popular opinion, butthis has to be one of the worst books I've ever read(I've read very few books though).
I admit the expressions were lovely and the book does a very acute and to a large part "true" depiction of "first love". For us Indians, its very true. The glances through the corner of the eyes, the meeting up @ uninvited places and many more instances were very touching. But, thats all the beginning.
Mr Rahul Kapoor is a 92%er, cricket, singer, dancer, debate specialist, etc and his not even modest about it. Oh please gimme a break. I fail to understand the necessity to explain a inter-house quiz competition, an inter-house debate (where people are rooting for the speaker, as if its the Parliament) and Cricket match(even more bizzard than our desi-Bollywood ones) for more than ten pages each. That killed all the emotions it had generated.
As for the plot, there sure wasn't one. Its more like "A Dummy's Guide to DESTROY your Perfectly Happy Relationship". A "series of misunderstandings" are more like "interpretations of face-reading from a really stupid book". A thumbs-up is considered as both a "from-heart" and "mockery". How? Can't one look at life a little more positively?
As for Miss Seema Tandon(even shez a 92%er but complains on getting 1.5% less than last year),oh you are so lovely but you sure aren't neither dumb or deaf that you had to wait so long. Her "role" in the book is rather small so I've very little to complain. The book is more about "Rahul and his stupidity".
So, there you are. I've spoken my heart out.I could have written more but that would have let out the script.Yes, the first 70pages are great. I had almost fallen in love with the book but then it got miserable and even more miserable. There were times I skipped pages after pages. Be prepared to read lots of poems(I liked them though) and shaayari(Mr Kazi, if u wrote them then its great, otherwise oh WHY?). You'll feel as if you're seeing a movie, but a real stupid romantic movie. Its how I, in primary, would have written an essay on Rainy Day, which would have less of rain and more of the cricket match and my school schedule going bust.
I would have given the book four stars for the expressions, but as a whole, couldn't bear it....more