Ram Guha on John Dreze

February 17, 2018

An inspiring profile of an economist!


Bird by bird

February 17, 2018

By Anne Lamott is a book about creative writing. A good read! Recommended if you are interested in books, reading, writing and writers!

Assume you are wrong!

February 15, 2018

For all you know, you might be right!! Here is the very interesting piece.


February 14, 2018

Alistair MacLean. A good read!

Words, Caravaggio. They have a power.

January 26, 2018

Michael Ondaatje’s The English patient was in my reading list for quite some time now. Enjoyed thoroughly and strongly recommended.

Two recent reads

January 17, 2018

A colleague of mine lent his copy of The myth of the holy cow. Interesting reading — especially, the piece by Ambedkar at the end of the book in the navayana edition I read.

I completed reading Sheldon Pollock’s Rasa Reader. A remarkable read even though it is a bit of a slow and at times difficult read. Enjoyed thoroughly; I am sure I will go back for at least sections of the book if not to re-read. Strongly recommended!

Here is a review and an Indian hard copy edition from Permanent Black is available which is not very costly!

Twitter and Facebook!

January 16, 2018

A thoughtful post by Joel!

Sue Grafton: RIP

December 30, 2017

Sue Grafton passes away. Read plenty of her books by borrowing them from Evanston Public Library!

Craig Harline’s A world ablaze

December 25, 2017

The interview of Craig Harline with Robert Wright in the MeaningOfLife.tv (which, by the way, I recommend) is what set me go looking for the book A world ablaze: the rise of Martin Luther and the birth of the reformation. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It brings alive the person of Martin Luther on the pages during the most-crucial period of his life. The book reads like a suspense novel. It discusses the subject matter with sympathy and humour. This is one of the best books I read this year and has made me go looking for other books on Luther and reformation. Strongly recommended!

Another fabulous podcast

December 7, 2017

History of Philosophy in India. Strongly recommended. Many episodes can be listened to more than once — just for the pleasure of appreciating the simple expositions of such complex concepts!