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Manish rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Platform by Michel Houellebecq
Platform
by Michel Houellebecq
recommended for: Sick bastards like me
read in March, 2007
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Monument to misogyny. It is amazing how flawed our internal reward systems are. We look for love and yet what we really need is a shot at procreation masked by an incessant need for mindless sex.
Manish rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
Light on Yoga
by B.K.S. Iyengar
recommended for: health freaks
read in January, 1995
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Decent book on keeping good health. Forget the didactic religious nonsense.
Manish rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Light on Prãnãyãma by B.K.S. Iyengar
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Why does he need to expound Hindu religious philosophies while teaching breathing practices ? while I recommend the book as a health aid, I could easily skip the religious BS.
Manish rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Living with Kundalini by Gopi Krishna
Living with Kundalini
by Gopi Krishna
recommended for: seekers
read in January, 1995
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I wonder how you can explain this stuff, being a closet Athiest. Other than psychosomatic disorders, it is baffling to even concede there may be this immense energy source inside us. My instinct screams: bullshit
Manish rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski
The Ascent of Man
by Jacob Bronowski
recommended for: everyone
read in January, 1980
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Amazing book, really shaped my way of thinking when I was growing up. Great insights into the development of our collective intellect.
Manish rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Golden Treasury of the Best Songs and Lyrical Poems in th... by Francis Turner Palgrave
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This was my constant companion from when I was just 7 years old and I discovered this in my dead Uncle's library (1952 edition).
Manish rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang
The Rape of Nanking
by Iris Chang
recommended for: DOwn we go
read in January, 1998
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Think we have something "inherently good" in us ? Think again, this was of course topped by the Holocaust. I can only imagine the angst that caused Irene Chang to kill herself.
Manish rated a book 4 of 5 stars
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
A Short History of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson
recommended for: How did we get here
read in January, 2004
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Excellent overview of our existence and how we got here. Bryson is very lucid in his explanations of complex topics ranging from big bang to cellular biochemistry
Manish rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins (Goodreads Author)
recommended for: seekers
read in January, 2006
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Dawkins can neither prove not disprove the existence of God but he comes close to countering the far-right vitriol and their quest for a "Christian" world.
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Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond
recommended for: How shall we fall
read in January, 2005
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A great socio-economic tome on how civilizations corroded including the seeds for our own eventual decline
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