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The Algebra of Infinite Justice
really liked it
For a few years now, I have heard everyone - from sections of media to people in my social stream call Arundhati Roy everything from a Naxalite lover ...more
not set
Jul 25, 2011
The Oath of the Vayuputras (Shiva Trilogy, #3)
did not like it
"Lord Ram, have mercy!" on those who attempt to read the third installment. It was never the literary genius of the author that made me continue readi ...more
May 06, 2013
Apr 27, 2013
Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana
really liked it
When I reached page 250 (almost 5/6th of the book!) - at which point Sita is freed - I finally allowed myself the comparison that had been
Jan 25, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata
really liked it
I consider myself more well-versed with the Mahabharata than the average person, because of my interest in Hindu mythology and the amount of reading I ...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 16, 2012
No Full Stops in India
really liked it
A book published in 1991, and so the best part about it is that it involves a fair amount of time travel. It's a collection of 10 essays with an intro ...more
May 29, 2012
May 19, 2012
Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India
really liked it
If one were to go by the title, Pankaj Mishra is hardly the person who can be trusted to write about the "national bird of khalistan", after all he's ...more
not set
Jul 25, 2011
The Palace of Illusions
really liked it
Like I've said before, what does it say of a story when countless people, centuries later, can continue to render it in their unique way? It's comfort ...more
Dec 19, 2014
Dec 14, 2014
When Breath Becomes Air
If we go by Montaigne, Cicero had written that "to study philosophy is to learn to die." If I go by Paul Kalanithi's work, it is when you confront mor ...more
Aug 20, 2016
Aug 16, 2016
The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel Of Fevers, Delirium And Discovery
liked it
"The Glass Palace" is one of my all time favourites, and I find it difficult to believe that it was written by the same author. That is by no means a ...more
Mar 13, 2015
Mar 06, 2015
The Glass Palace
really liked it
Where do I begin? Let's start with stating the simple - I loved this book. I haven't read such a poignantly moving book in quite a while!
With that out
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 22, 2014
Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River
really liked it
I am showing signs of travelogue addiction, and this is the kind of book that creates it! It's not just the content of the book, which is marvelous an ...more
Jun 23, 2012
Jun 14, 2012
liked it
Michael Palin's amazing journey across the whole length of the Himalayas, beginning in Pakistan and ending in what was once known as East Pakistan, an ...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore
really liked it
Absolutely fantastic, and the strange thing is, if you had asked me when I was even at about page 400 (out of 555) I probably would have used milder a ...more
Nov 05, 2016
Oct 23, 2016
Marathon Baba
liked it
Girish Kohli hasn't passed out of the IITs or IIMs, does not have a day job and cannot be found on Facebook or Twitter. He is also the author of the o ...more
Mar 10, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
Evening Is the Whole Day
really liked it
Preeta Samarasan's debut novel begins with the kind of prose that actually seems like poetry in disguise - with a description of a part of Malaysian g ...more
Jan 19, 2012
Jan 08, 2012
Yuganta: The End of an Epoch
really liked it
Yuganta is not a linear retelling of the Mahabharata, instead it uses a few characters to do a critical analysis of the epic. At a simplistic level, t ...more
May 09, 2016
May 03, 2016
The Illicit Happiness of Other People
really liked it
I had liked Manu Joseph's "Serious Men" because of many reasons - for the way he'd sketched out even the most 'insignificant' of characters, for the b ...more
Sep 24, 2013
Sep 15, 2013
Murder in Mahim
"Em and the Big Hoom" is a favourite book largely thanks to how sensitively Jerry Pinto deals with the issue of a person's mental health and its impac ...more
Oct 14, 2017
Oct 06, 2017
Gone Girl
really liked it
I probably wouldn't have picked up the book if everyone and their everyone else had not raved so much about the movie. I am glad I did. (I need to add ...more
Feb 2015
Jan 26, 2015
The Rozabal Line
liked it
I have quite a bit of interest in Hindu mythology, so I had a bias going in. It would be fair to say that it also gave me the patience to sit through ...more
not set
Jul 29, 2011
The Gene: An Intimate History
really liked it
"As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance." probably best describes this book for me. My understanding of the subject grew ...more
Apr 17, 2017
Apr 04, 2017
The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age
it was amazing
One of my favourite books is The Moral Animal. It does a great job of explaining the connection between the mental organs and behaviour, and does just ...more
Feb 13, 2018
Jan 20, 2018
really liked it
I have always been amazed at Neal Stephenson for being able to write Snowcrash and The Diamond Age in 1992 and 1995 respectively. I am now equally ama ...more
Apr 08, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
Asura: Tale Of The Vanquished
liked it
Asura is partly a Ravana perspective on where his life intersects with that of Rama, (and thus Ramayana) and partly a social commentary of his life an ...more
Aug 04, 2012
Jul 28, 2012
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
really liked it
"Just six million years ago, a single female ape had two daughters. One became the ancestor of all chimpanzees, the other is our own grandmother." Tha ...more
May 03, 2016
Apr 05, 2016
From the Corner of His Eye
really liked it
That Dean Koontz is an amazing writer of supernatural stories is a known fact. What makes this book special is the mix of several themes that work in ...more
not set
Jul 25, 2011
Bhima Lone Warrior
really liked it
Every time I read a well written version of the Mahabharata, I respect the original epic even more. How many works can lay claim to so many renditions ...more
Aug 22, 2014
Aug 17, 2014
Six Suspects
really liked it
The second novel by Vikas Swarup, after Q&A, the book that now has a life of its own. Six Suspects worked essentially as a superb suspense thrille ...more
Nov 12, 2011
Nov 01, 2011
You Are Here
it was ok
I picked it up because it was written by a fellow Indian blogger. And yes, I prefer Indian fiction. But I'm guessing I am not exactly the target audie ...more
not set
Jul 25, 2011
The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
it was amazing
The last book I read in 2016 was "This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works" where leading thinkers share ...more
Jan 28, 2017
Jan 15, 2017
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