Metamorphosis and other stories
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 …read more
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
"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 have an …read more
Sunset at Blandings
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 …read more
The Argumentative Indian
The Argumentative Indian is a collection of essays by Nobel Laureate and economist Amartya Sen. The essays discuss Indian history, democracy, culture and secularism.
Probably, there is a time and place to read this book and that time (atleast for me) was not now. India is currently seeing a kindling …read more
Night of January 16th
This is a play written by Ayn Rand that documents the trial of Karen Andre for the murder of her employer and lover, Bjorn Faulkner on the "Night of January 16th".
The play is fully set in the court and no actual depiction of the murder is shown. The whole …read more
Lee Iacocca: An autobiography
Lee Iacocca was the poster child at Ford, having started from the bottom and worked his way through (being credited with the Ford Mustang) to become the President of the company. Things seemed to be going well until he was fired after sweating it out for more than thirty years …read more
The Rozabal Line
It all starts at the shrine of a mysterious figure in Kashmir. A Hindu astrologer notices a weird star formation and predicts the end of the world and a woman finds a severed head in a library shelf in London. What on earth is happening?
Ashwin Sanghi, the author, builds …read more
HBR on Leadership
This book is touted to be one of "HBR's 10 MUST reads" and also boasts of an article by Peter Drucker, the father of "modern management".
The book is compiled from their repository of articles and most of them use case-studies to drive the point. Each chapter discusses one facet …read more
Stay Hungry Stay Foolish
"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish" was the legendary parting quote from Steve Jobs during a Stanford commencement. Rashmi Bansal picks up on that quote to narrate the entrepreneurial travails of 25 alumnii from IIM Ahmedabad.
I am not sure if it was intended to be a marketing message for a management …read more