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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Let The People Think

Sat 03 September 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Let The People Think" is a collection of essays by Bertrand Russell, an English writer, philosopher and mathematician. He was one of the very few English men to profess his anti-war and anti-colonial thoughts during the two world wars and this nearly led to his persecution after being labelled a …

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The Real Inspector Hound

Thu 01 September 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"The Real Inspector Hound" is a satire on theatre critics and the image of English aristocracy built by P.G Wodehouse and Agatha Christie. While taking the viewers through a murder plot, the play showcases the absurdity of theatre critics. Throughout the 75 minutes, the viewers are kept guessing the …

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Success

Sun 28 August 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Success", a play directed by Edward Morgan of Theatre MXT (USA) explores the cost of success. Success has lot of meanings and people tend to categorize it further as professional success, academic success etc.

Rick Sterling, a media consultant is sought after by lots of politicians as he is credited …

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The Interview

Sat 27 August 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Yesterday, I watched my first play after school at Ravindra Bharathi as a part of The Hindu Metroplus Theatre Fest 2011.

"The Interview", an award winning play directed by Akarsh Khurana of Akvarious Productions depicted a stressful interview of a desperate job seeker at the country's largest corporation. It showcased …

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