No one, and I repeat "no one" can describe the beauty of the Gangetic delta as well as Amitav Ghosh. The inhabitants of the tiny islands in the delta have made peace with the tide but they fear it when it is accompanied by the storm.
In this book, he documents the story of a fisherman, a cretacean researcher and an urbane translator and their experiences in the "tide country".
Amitav Ghosh's description of the delta makes one yearn for a visit and experience the tidal phenomenon first hand.
When the first citizen of the United States decides to put an end to the drug menace, he calls in one of the most experienced hands to handle this job. "The Cobra" had served "The Commander in Chief" in similar roles but was pushed into retirement. Now with this herculean ...read more
Wise and Otherwise
"Wise and Otherwise" is yet another installment of short stories from Sudha Murthy. She effortlessly describes most Indian middle class households through her stories. Be it neglected seniors of the house, friends who change with money, orphans who are still gratuitous even after decades, this book covers a wide range ...read more
Richard Wiseman, is an English Psychology professor famous for his writings in "Experimental Psychology". This book is his "scientically proven advice to improving life in 59 seconds".
This book is a breezy read though I cannot vouch for it's efficacy. But since he quotes lots of studies, I think ...read more
After finishing a book, whenever I asked for recommendations for my next, one book always figured in it, "The fountainhead". Many described it as a cult book, one that changed lives. With such compulsive reviews, dare I miss it?
Howard Roark is kicked out of architecture school because his ideas ...read more
The English Patient
A patient burned beyond recognition, his devoted young nurse, an emotionally confused military man and a retired thief come together under the roof of war torn villa.
This Michael Ondaatje novel is set during the North African conquest of World War II where Almasy gets burned beyond recognition during an ...read more
The Painter of Signs
I like to alternate heavy reads with easier books and after Dawkin's "Selfish Gene", I picked up R.K Narayan's "The Painter of Signs".
Raman is a painter of signs at Malgudi who lives with his aunt and is well read. One day, he receives a visit from ...read more
The Selfish Gene
This book begins with a justification for the title because people misunderstood it and maligned 'evolution'. Richard Dawkins, the author, bases majority of the book on how the 'gene' is the focal point of all evolution (and not a group of species).
This book is probably the best guide on ...read more
The Black Swan
A "Black Swan" event is one that brings about a major upset to existing facts. Until the late 18th century, people always assumed "white" swans but were shell shocked to discover "black" swans in Australia. Nassim Nicholas Taleb coined this term to explain such high impact events.
Through past events ...read more