Just read this book for i think the 4th time, and thought now is the time for me to add a review!
One of the great international bestsellers of its tim...moreJust read this book for i think the 4th time, and thought now is the time for me to add a review!
One of the great international bestsellers of its time - in the league of the day of the jackal and bloodline etc a- and the one that launched clancy's career, this is a masterful tale of the cold war days and the games they played then.
The story is set in 1984 - so u hv none of the stuff like internet or cell phones or hell even computers lying around! What u hv instead is a riveting account of a few good men on both sides, who come together for a massive scoop for the West.
The story is about how a long serving Russian Submarine commander - marko remius - loses it with dear Rodina when his wife dies due to mistreatment by a drunk on duty doc of a simple burst appendix, and the doc escapes unpunished bcs his father is a central committee member. So when marko is given the command of a brand new Sub with the latest stealth tech, he decides to give them a them a royal pain and goes AWOL with his sub.
The novel is a delight of details on naval and military ops, which were considered surprisingly accurate when it came out. And the game of oneup-manship that the US & USSR play is eminently readable.
if u hvnt read it till now - go ahead n get a copy!
This book has already been made popular by Arindam Chaudhary (of IIPM fame) by getting an injunction against the publishing of the chapter on him in I...moreThis book has already been made popular by Arindam Chaudhary (of IIPM fame) by getting an injunction against the publishing of the chapter on him in India, making Deb into lesser Rushdie (and Arindam a god of some sorts??)
The book is a sensitive narration of 5 important typecasts in Modern India - The IT guy, the filthy rich, the naxal/marxist farmer/ the migrant worker and the woman from small towns making a living in India's metros.
Deb explores their lives with utmost honesty, and gives us their story in a clear, precise voice, raising some important questions on the way abt life in India post globalization. he may not hv got the answers, but he sure does make u think abt these v important issues.
Read it for taking a break in ur life and think abt where r u finally going.
I think wat defines a great book, especially of this Genre, is that while you cant wait for the story to fi...moreDisappointing climax to an amazing buildup!
I think wat defines a great book, especially of this Genre, is that while you cant wait for the story to finish and to know how it all ends, at the same time you wish the story will never end and u can savor it for as long as possible!
This was the case with the 1st 2 installments of this series, but in the 3rd, i just wait for it to end ASAP, so that i can move on to something better.
The shortcoming of this book is not in its writing, which is quite lucid and has the necessary twists and turns to keep u guessing. In fact since i cud move from Catching Fire to this immediately, and so i enjoyed the 1st half a lot.
The problem lies, that we expect this to be a young adult action novel, ala hunger games and catching fire, but the author instead gives more prominence to the inner issues of Katniss and the larger issues of the whole freedom struggle. And Peeta's problems are nothing but an irritating distraction! So the novel, is no longer faithful to its genre, leaving u with a feeling that this is now what i wanted!
The Ending is also needlessly convoluted. What cud hv been a clear win of good over evil, becomes life as usual. Add a couple of sacrifices which were not at all needed, and u just feel sad!
i had great hopes from the book looking at the review, but didnt match the hype.
The novel is in an interesting form of a monologue by a Pakistani call...morei had great hopes from the book looking at the review, but didnt match the hype.
The novel is in an interesting form of a monologue by a Pakistani called Changez who did his MBA in US and then even worked there for some time b4 losing it in the aftermath of 9/11.
the novel, while being a sufficiently arresting read, never really gives one the kind of insight that you keep waiting for - its all seems so expected and so un-provocative that you just get bored after a while.
"The first rule about fight club is that you dont talk about fight club!"
This Classic from Chuck Palahniuk is a Gale force wind which simply blows ur...more"The first rule about fight club is that you dont talk about fight club!"
This Classic from Chuck Palahniuk is a Gale force wind which simply blows ur mind away! It hits you in the guts, making you realise how banal all life has become, how the things that we own, ultimately come to own us!
Its a brilliant critique of western consumerism and masculinity & what gets you even more is how accurate it is about the suppression of all the basic urges of nature. makes u think, at the very least!
Go ahead and read it, and be ready for a free fall to the bottom!! (less)
heard a lot abt the author on some online forums decided to try it...
This is yet another jo nesbo kinda police detective novels, where the ordinary po...moreheard a lot abt the author on some online forums decided to try it...
This is yet another jo nesbo kinda police detective novels, where the ordinary police does the work... dont mind the genre, but this book is a blot on it...the writing is simple, the pace terribly slow, and the ending terribly contrived...
This is one of the most unexpectedly good books that i have read in a loooong time! I cant think of another book like this!
BoB is light fantasy set in ancient (& a fictional depiction of) china, where a young villager - Number Ten Ox comes together with a sage - Master Li to save the children of his village. What follows is wondrous tale that keeps you riveted. It has just the right dose of humor and mystery to make it the ideal potboiler...
For Indians, its interesting that Yamaraj (yama kings in the book) is mentioned quite a few times in the book. wonder if there is actually some connection in Indian & Chinese Pantheon, or if its just something cooked up by hughart!