The suffrage of Elvira

Thu 17 September 2015 by Thejaswi Puthraya

This was my first VS Naipaul novel and I picked it up with a lot of reluctance especially over his chauvinistic views. But boy, this book lived up to it's expectations as a super comedy.

This book describes the first election at Trinidad. The electorate is multi-cultural with Hindus, Muslims and Christians. The candidates go to great lengths to appease them and some even scheme to hurt their rival's chances. Does the candidate who has the largest mass appeal or the one with the biggest money chest win?

What currently happens in elections in India is not very different from that written in this book.


The Little Black book of Innovation

Sun 28 June 2015 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Can innovation be successfully instilled and nurtured within a company? Scott Anthony pulls out quite a few case studies from his career as an "Innovation Expert" and analyzes them for the reader.

This is a book from the HBR stable and is a passable read. The main reason for this ...

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The Fist of God

Wed 24 June 2015 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Another classic Frederick Forsyth novel that is set during the First Persian Gulf war. A British secret agent is sent into Iraq to locate and destroy a nuclear weapon codenamed "The Fist of God".

He needs to contact an Iraqi insider who is willing to provide this top-secret information for ...

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Siddhartha

Sat 04 April 2015 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Siddhartha is a contemporary of Gautama Buddha and the protagonist of the German novel by the same name written by Herman Hess. Siddhartha renounces familial life to achieve enlightenment. He is accompanied on this journey by his friend, Govinda. They hear of Buddha's teachings and approach him with answers ...

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The Prince

Fri 13 March 2015 by Thejaswi Puthraya

I picked up this novel thinking it would be in the same genre as "Don Quixote" but boy was I mistaken! The Prince by Machiavelli is analogous to Chanakya's Arthashastra. Machiavelli documents the political situation in Italy in the 1600s and writes about the various initiatives that a prince ...

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No Comebacks

Sat 07 February 2015 by Thejaswi Puthraya

I have read a few novels of Frederick Forsyth and love them but writing short stories is a different ball game altogether. With "No Comebacks", Frederick Forsyth has delivered 10 amazing short stories. Most stories concerning crime and they will blow away your mind. If you are a fan of ...

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Metamorphosis and other stories

Wed 28 January 2015 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Kafkaesque is the term used to describe something irrational. Metamorphosis does full justice to that word. Gregor Samsa, a hard working and on the road salesman, wakes up one day to find out that he has turned into a "monstrous verminous bug". His parents and sister are horrified by his ...

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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Wed 07 January 2015 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Don't Panic" reads the sticker on the cover of the book. Earth gets destroyed by an alien race and Arthur Dent, a human has lost his home and planet and is now travelling in space with Ford, an alien. Arthur is in a state of panic and doesn't ...

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Sunset at Blandings

Fri 12 December 2014 by Thejaswi Puthraya

You sneak into a house under an assumed identity to meet your lover but the problem is that many occupants of the house know your identity. How to extricate oneself from such a situation? Generally, a PG Wodehouse book would reveal the answer to the question but not in this ...

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The Blowback

Thu 11 December 2014 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Impressed by Mukul Deva's earlier books (Salim Must Die and Lashkar), I picked this book. After the death of Salim, Iqbal is on the way back to India but injured in a skirmish. After a long recovery, he slips through to India to be assigned onto a new operation ...

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