Freakonomics is an economist's take on some non-traditional "economic" topics. Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner use economic theory to explain why crime rates decreased after an abortion ban, what teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common, how information de-control led to the downfall of Ku Klux Klan etc.
The ...read more
The Old Man and his God
"The old man and his God" is a collection of short stories by Sudha Murthy, a well known philantrophist and wife of Infosys Chairman, N R Murthy. The book is a collection of about 20 short stories. She claims that all the stories in this book are based on true ...read more
Chanakya is possibly the first documented king maker of Indian history and is well known for his masterpiece, Artha Shastra (the knowledge of wealth). As a child, I heard numerous stories of how he schemed and employed unconventional techniques to achieve his goals.
My expectations were pegged higher when I ...read more
What memories from college would resurface on your class' 25th reunion? Would you still harbour animosity from college or let bygones be bygones? "The Class" by Erich Segal narrates the story of Harvard batch of 1958 until their 25th reunion.
Andrew Eliot joins Harvard, with a huge burden on his ...read more
Richard Dawkins is a famous English atheist and staunch believer of "evolution". In "God delusion", he challenges the existence of God with evolutionary principles.
Up front, he categorizes people into 7 classes based on their belief and states that this book should be read (and warns that it may outrage ...read more
Salim must die
"Salim must die", is the sequel to Lashkar. Mukul Deva has scripted a racy thriller in "Salim must die". The story resumes with Iqbal infiltrating back to India after an ambush in PoK. He is apprehended but no one trusts the valuable information he voluntarily discloses. Soon the world wakes ...read more
The world of Nagaraj
Having inherited well, Nagaraj has no need to earn for a living and so his day is very leisurely spent. His begins his day early with a prayer, a relaxed coffee followed by charitable accounting at for his friend Coomar at the Boeing saree shop.
One fine day, Tim leaves ...read more
A brave new world
In 1984, the government of the future keeps it's citizens under constant surveillance and uses coercive measures to keep them under check. "A brave new world" shows us a different point of view of how future governments may administer.
In this book, Aldous Huxley writes that future governments will ...read more
Lord of the Flies
A group of pre-teen boys are marooned on an uninhabited island after their plane crashes. The boys decide to get together and look after themselves until someone comes to their rescue. Intriguing enough to read it? "Lord of the flies" is an award winning book by William Golding.
This book ...read more
The vendor of sweets
What happens when your children don't believe in the values you live by? "The vendor of sweets" is a classic story that narrates this. Jagan is a sweet vendor at R K Narayan's Magludi who believes in everything organic and Gandhiji's way of life.
His son Mali ...read more