Pachinko

Sun 25 October 2020 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Pachinko is a multi-generational story written by Min Jin Lee. Sunja, the daughter of a Korean fisherman falls in love with a trader only to realise that he is already married. She refuses to be his paramour and by curious turn of fate gets married to a parish minister only for him to die soon. Single, she brings up her children under Japanese occupation braving a lot of hardships and stigma. Do her children appreciate her sacrifices?


Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Sun 11 October 2020 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Walter Isaacson is a brilliant biographer. He brings out a balanced biography and doesn't get carried with the weight of the personality. Benjamin Franklin's biography is no different!

Known as one of the founding fathers of America, the biography covers all aspects of his life - a publisher, satirist, author, scientist …

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A fine balance

Fri 28 August 2020 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Set during the dark time of Emergency, "A Fine Balance" traces the story of 4 characters from different backgrounds but who find themselves under one roof in the megacity of Mumbai.

Their lives are poignantly described through various facets like caste, community and ideology and yet they all have one …

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Right Ho, Jeeves

Sat 15 August 2020 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Any regular reader of the Jeeves series will tell you that there can only be one ending yet they love to read it. It's probably because of Wodehouse's writing style. It effortlessly transports you to aristocratic England where masters loved to frequent the club and hang out with buddies and …

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Everybody Lies

Wed 29 April 2020 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data and What The Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are" is a mouthful. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz analyses the 'new' data sources that are now available to researchers, corporations and governments to sometimes expose the hypocrisy in the society. We claim to be more …

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The Power of Habit

Mon 30 March 2020 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Habits as some say can be made in 21 days. But does this stick? Is there any science behind these claims? Charles Duhigg explores the power of creating and modifying habits through some stories featured in the news media.

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Leonardo

Thu 12 March 2020 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Leonardo from Vinci aka Leonardo da Vinci is a name that needs no introduction. Most people recognize him from his paintings and scribblings from his note book.

But what was he as a person? How did he build such a powerful brand during the peak of the Italian renaissance amongst …

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Surely you are joking Mr. Feynman

Fri 28 February 2020 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Surely you are joking, Mr. Feynman" is a memoir of Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman written by a close friend based on stories he heard from Richard Feynman during their time together.

This book has not much to do with science but showcases Richard Feynman's multiple interests like in …

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India's Struggle For Independence

Sat 15 February 2020 by Thejaswi Puthraya

What were the societal conditions that triggered the 1857 revolt? How did the Congress movement come into existence? Why was a movement that was dominated by peasants tilt towards the middle-class? This book is divided by various time periods and analyses the various strategies of the different classes of society …

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The Namesake

Sun 09 February 2020 by Thejaswi Puthraya

What's in a name? For some, there is a long and emotional story. "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri is a beautiful story of a couple that immigrates to America and their American-born children.

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