Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Search in secret India

October 12, 2017

Of Paul Brunton was in my reading list for a while now and I managed to read it recently. Enjoyed reading it and certainly worth reading once.

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The private life of Mrs Sharma

October 9, 2017

Ratika Kapur’s novel is written very nicely. However, as Radhika Santhanam noted in her review in the Hindu, I also felt that the climax is totally out of whack!

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.

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.

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!

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!

Louise Penny’s A great reckoning

September 5, 2016

A very satisfying and wonderful read. Strongly recommended.

 

Thi. Jaanakiraman’s Chembaruththi

September 4, 2016

I read Chembaruththi after more than a decade. The book is still gripping; parts of it are still so intense that I had to stop reading; and, still, days after reading the book, Chattanathan and Bhuvana keep popping up in my thoughts (as I noted a while back)!

One of the reasons, I think I enjoy Chembaruththi is the way Thi Jaa describes birds, flowers and scenery. The other is the fidelity with which he reproduces the speeches of his different characters. But the most important reason, I believe, is that in a few sentences Thi Jaa brings up his characters to life on the pages of the book — I read a couple of sentences and I feel as if I had known that person for ages!

A great novel and I am lucky that I can read it in the original and enjoy!