Enjoyed; delightful as this review notes. Recommended.
Read on the recommendation of a colleague; beautifully written and the flow is so smooth that reading the book was effortless. Strongly recommended.
Following Guha’s recommendation, I managed to get hold of A life in two worlds and read it. The book (especially the later parts) is more of a diary than autobiography; I believe that is what made it a very difficult read for me. Recommended with reservations.
In the past one month, I completed reading all the nine books of Louise Penny in which Chief Inspector Armand Gamache investigates murder — with kind eyes and keen sense of fairness. Strongly recommended.
By the way, here is the review which set me go looking for the series.
Much like Alexander McCall Smith, Louise Penny is an author whom you can strongly recommend without any reservations whatsoever.
I got a recommendation for The Honky Tonk Big Hoss Boogie from here; enjoyed it.
I also read Gaiman’s latest — The ocean at the end of the lane; the book ended when I was looking for more. A good read though.
As an aside, I think my reading speed is high when I read it on Kindle even though I do not understand how or why!
… my partner Guy Kawasaki at Garage Technology Ventures developed a tongue-in-cheek algorithm for determining the valuation of a startup company:
Entrepreneurs ask us all the time how we figure out the valuation of a startup company. Most VCs suggest that this is a very mysterious art. But actually it’s quite simple: To determine the fair value of a startup company, multiply the number of engineers by $250,000, add $250,000 for each engineer from IIT, and then subtract $500,000 for each MBA.
A piece that is worth reading for three reasons: it is about Bharati; it is about Tagore; it is by A R Venkatachalapathy! As a bonus, it is a rebuttal to one of Ashokamitran’s earlier pieces in the Hindu. What more can you ask for?
A good read!
A couple of interesting articles to think about.
When you buy a house are you making an investment? In a sense, that is a pointless question, and most people would say that of course the answer is yes. …
The answer which I gave is entirely accurate, but in my opinion it is not the whole answer, nor indeed the more important part of the answer. The crucial part, surely, is: “We are buying a home.”
I do nevertheless believe that continuing to see houses as primarily investments rather than as primarily homes is fundamentally flawed.
Along similar lines, here is C P Chnadrashekhar speculating that the current slide in rupee may be due to speculative trading:
In sum, a series of changes that have occurred since financial liberalisation began have increased India’s exposure to the adverse effects of currency speculation. Given the nature of these changes there is little that the RBI and the government can do about such speculation, despite the claim that: “While introducing currency futures, the Reserve Bank and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) had put in place various safeguard mechanisms to monitor positions, prices and volumes in real time so as to control excessive speculation.” In any case, there is nothing whatsoever the RBI and the SEBI can do to curb speculation in the NDF market that is outside its jurisdiction.
It is, therefore, possible that the sudden and sharp depreciation of the rupee is the result of the spillover onto domestic spot markets for the currency of speculation-driven price trends in derivative markets. In which case the slide is difficult to control and can continue with no clear prediction possible where the decline will take the currency in the days ahead.
As much as one can see the problems in these two cases, I think there is little that can be done in terms of practical, politically acceptable solutions!
I have read Samantha Shannon’s Bone season; a very dark book but gripping. Looking forward to the next one in the series.
In the meanwhile, when I tried to blog about the book yesterday, I realised that the WordPress software had mistakenly flagged my blog to have violated their terms of service and hence my blog was suspended. But, the customer service was prompt; I could get the suspension revoked (by some Kris — Thanks a lot, Kris) within 24 hours.