This is the first book in my life for which I had to build and constantly keep referring to a family tree. With so many characters (most with the same name!), the book gets confusing and inter-breeding and incest only adds to the disgust.

"One Hundred Years of Solitude" is Gabriel Garcia Marquez's fictional history of a town in Colombia and it's first family - the Buendias. Spanning over multiple generations, the family's fortunes are linked with that of the town.

While the family boasts of many members during each generation, they are always lonely just like the town which is isolated from the rest of the country by it's location.

The book requires a lot of persistence to complete and I wouldn't blame you if you put it down well before the end.


Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

Wed 18 September 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition" is Colin Campbell's book that advocates whole-foods and plant-based diet. A biochemist by profession, the author mostly quotes his own research to try to prove that any other diet has higher incidences of cancer.

There is a lot in the book that is agreeable …

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Adulting

Thu 05 September 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Adulting is supposed to mean "behaving like an adult" but in the book by Neharika Gupta, there doesn't appear to be anyone that matches this meaning. Ruhi, Aisha and Tejas are the only characters in the book and they behave like immature teenagers.

Ruhi is a workaholic who runs a …

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The Diary of a Young Girl

Mon 02 September 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"The Diary of a Young Girl" is the diary of Anne Frank, a teen who was captured in 1944 along with her family by the Nazis as they were hiding in Amsterdam.

The diary starts a few weeks before her family's escape to a warehouse where they hide for 2 …

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The Kite Runner

Sat 03 August 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Generally, I don't pick up books after I have watched it's movie adaptation. I don't know what was going on in my head when I picked up "The Kite Runner". The movie moved me to tears and I wasn't sure if I was comfortable revisiting it.

"The Kite Runner" by …

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The Old Man and the Sea

Sun 28 July 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

This novella by Ernest Hemingway describes the story of an old fisherman and a marlin. Santiago has had months without a catch and he is written off as "The unlucky one". His young apprentice is also forbidden by parents from joining the old man. Though the boy cannot fish with …

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Gone Girl

Sat 27 July 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Gone Girl" is an amazing thriller of a wife who goes missing while planning for her fifth marriage anniversary. The husband finds himself implicated in her missing. He has to make use of the clues that his wife has left him in the anniversary treasure hunt to learn more about …

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One flew over the cuckoo's nest

Wed 17 July 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

This book had been recommended by many as a good case-study of sociopathic personalities (people identified their bosses, teachers etc as the Nurse Ratched in their lives). "One flew over the cuckoo's nest" is set in a psychiatric facility with Nurse Ratched, an emotionally manipulative nurse, as the chief overseer …

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Homodeus

Thu 11 July 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Homodeus: A brief history of tomorrow" is supposed to be the sequel to the wildly popular Homosapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. As the title suggests, it is a set of predictions by the author that will elevate the human race to the level of god (Deus is latin for "god …

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Einstein: His Life and Universe

Sun 30 June 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Einstein: His Life and Universe" is the biography of scientist Albert Einstein written by Walter Isaacson (who also authored Steve Jobs biography). Generally one would expect that a lot of focus would be on Einstein's scientific career but Isaacson devotes far more to Einstein's personal and political life.

I started …

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