Outliers

Mon 12 March 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

When you pick a book written by a bestselling author, featured twice on the New York Times bestseller list, your expectations are high.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell is a big letdown. The book is a study of success and relies on case studies to prove that hard work alone cannot …

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Aunts aren't gentlemen

Sun 11 March 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Based on doctor's advice, Bertram Wooster sets out to the countryside to relax and rejuvenate. At the village, he bumps into his ex-girlfriend. If that's not enough, her father suspects him of theft and her suspicious boyfriend has followed her from the city. With a lot of difficulty, Bertie manages …

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The Mating Season

Sat 10 March 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Bertram Wooster is invited to a village to be part of a theatre troupe. Before leaving for the performance, he learns through his friend that his lover is being coaxed to marry her cousin and that Wooster was going to be their guest. After soliciting Jeeves advice, Wooster sets out …

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Talkative Man

Sun 29 January 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

R K Narayan is the natural choice after a heavy reading. "Talkative Man" is his shortest novel but not devoid of the signature humour or impressionable characters.

The "Talkative Man", a struggling journalist loves a good audience who are willing to lend their ears and he doesn't disappoint them. This …

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The Glass Palace

Mon 23 January 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Amitav Ghosh is probably the best contemporary Indian writer. His books have style and are not formulaic.

The Glass Palace is a fictional novel that begins with the exile of the last king of Burma. The story spreads across 3 generations and ends in the 1990s with the Burmese junta …

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Rework

Sat 21 January 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Rework might sound like a weird title for a book but after reading it, you can't think of a better one. The book is a collection of short essays on running a business from 37signals' Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.

Most of the essays have been compiled from their …

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Guardian Angels

Wed 14 December 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

It was the perfect weather for an excursion and Rajith was accompanying his friends to a nearby hill station. He had picked all but the last hiker. The car pulled outside Amitesh's house and Rajith honked twice to signal their arrival. Within a minute, they received a text message from …

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Uncle Fred

Tue 13 December 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Uncle Fred is just like any other caring uncle but with one difference, his knack to invite trouble and then successfully sort it but only after a series of comic events. Lord Frederick Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred is a lovable character from P.G. Wodehouse's novel series.

While …

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The Financial Expert

Sat 24 September 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

When does scarcity of money hurt the most? When you see it's grace showered on the undeserved. This is the premise of "The Financial Expert", yet another masterpiece from RK Narayan.

Margayya is a petty service agent who helps villagers extract loans from a co-operative society bank. One day, he …

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The Bachelor of Arts

Sun 04 September 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"The Bachelor of Arts" is probably RK Narayan's best book I have read so far. It has all the elements that contemporary writers abuse - friendship, infatuation, heart break, self awakening and love. But the book differs from the current crop in it's treatment. It is subtle and the doesn't go …

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