Archive for March, 2020

Two books of Yiyun Li

March 30, 2020

I just completed Where reasons end and it is a very good, meditative and remarkable read! I seemed to have missed mentioning in this blog that I enjoyed  Dear friend, From my life I write to you in your life, her autobiographical memoir too a lot. Both the novel and the memoir often become contemplative about books and words and their etymologies. Strongly recommended!!

Ramachandra Guha’s Gandhi: the years that changed the world, 1914-1948

March 22, 2020

A book that I found moving in many places and positive and luminous throughout. I am sure that I missed registering many things; this is a book for repeated re-reads and re-read it will be! Strongly recommended — especially in this age where we need Gandhians in every field of activity!!!

Muriel Spark’s The prime of Miss Jean Brodie

March 20, 2020

A very good read; might read again sometime, I expect. Strongly recommended!!

Tracy Kidder’s The soul of a new machine

March 14, 2020

This book is called a nerd epic by Wired. I learnt about the book thanks to a chance encounter at the tea kiosk with a colleague from electrical who strongly recommended the book to another colleague from policy studies; and, it sounded interesting enough for me that I ordered a copy. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is not just about engineering or the process of building a new computer; it is also an anthropological study of the people involved and that made it doubly interesting for me! There are also some interesting lessons for academics and researchers about leading successful and committed research groups in the book I suppose! A great read and strongly recommended!!