A goddess in the stones: travels in India

September 3, 2017

By Norman Lewis is a very different travelogue. It is a frank report of an off-beat travel that Lewis made in the early nineties into the tribal belts of (the then) Bihar and Orissa. At times it is moving; sometimes it is frustrating that problems that were seen in these regions nearly 25 years ago are still there and in many places have probably become worse. A very interesting read which also makes you reflect on some of the current Indian predicaments. Strongly recommended.

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Raja Yudhisthira: Kingship in epic Mahabharata

September 1, 2017

Of Kevin McGrath is an interesting read. It gives new perspectives and clarified some views that I have seen elsewhere — such as in Irawati Karve’s Yuganta about Krishna Vasudeva. Even though it is a slow read, it is worth the time you spend on it. Strongly recommended.

What people need

August 13, 2017

To understand statistics:

I’m beginning to think that mathematical training in many cases is actually damaging; simple and robust metrics, usually drawn from the early days of industrial quality control, are what people need to understand.

Daniel at Crooked Timber.

The strange case of the alchemist’s daughter

July 23, 2017

A very well-written novel by Theodora Goss. It was a pleasure reading it. Might even re-read it sometime. Strongly recommended.

Here is a more complete review.

The Gene: an intimate history

July 16, 2017

This book by Siddhartha Mukherjee is a very enjoyable, exciting and interesting. It not only explains the concepts but also brings to life the scientists and researchers involved in genetic research vividly — from Darwin and Mendeleev to some of the recent Nobel laureates (such as the ones who were studying cheese and ended up contributing to genetic research). Strongly recommended. A very satisfying and enjoyable read.

Ambedkar: The Attendant Details

May 31, 2017

A good read and strongly recommended!

What can happen when you chase numbers!

May 21, 2017

Dilip D’Souza in Mint

Some recent reads

May 20, 2017

Mirrored mind: my life in letters and code by Vikram Chandra. A very interesting read.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Enjoyed!

Ashokamitran: RIP

March 23, 2017

Remembering his 18-aavadhu atchakkodu and the discussions with my friend Ela! Also liked some of his reminiscences. Will be missed.

Condensed Matter / Nano

March 1, 2017

Primer from Doug Natelson: worth bookmarking!