Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Sue Grafton: RIP

December 30, 2017

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

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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!

Recommendation: two reads and a fabulous podcast

November 22, 2017

Recently, I read Little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng. A very good read and strongly recommended. I understand that Ng’s first book Everything I never told you is also very good; I have added it to my ToRead list.

Of course, the latest in the  Inspector Gamache series — Glass houses — of Louise Penny is a fun read and strongly recommended, as usual.

The fabulous book podcast from BBC 4 called A Good Read by Harriett Gilbert is a must-listen to anybody who loves to read! Strongly, strongly recommended!!

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.

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!