My inventions: Autobiography of Nikola Tesla

Tue 16 January 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Nikola Tesla may not be as famous as his contemporary Thomas Edison but his inventions (like the AC motor and his experiments in telephony) have had larger impact than Edison's.

If you keep the descriptions of his inventions aside, Tesla was an interesting character. He was a polyglot, believed in …

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Three thousand stitches

Sat 13 January 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Three Thousand Stitches" is a collection of short stories by Sudha Murthy. Unlike her other short story books I have read, most of the stories here are anecdotes from her life and sound vain and righteous. Decent for a quick read.

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Who moved my cheese?

Thu 11 January 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

The tagline of the book is "An amazing way to deal with change in your work and life" and summarizes the book perfectly. Dr Spencer Johnson creates four fictitious characters (2 humans and 2 mice) who are stuck in a maze trying to locate their cheese. One day, their cheese …

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Common Sense

Wed 10 January 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Why should the US claim independence from Great Britain? Well, it was "Common Sense" according to Thomas Paine, one of the founders of America. In this pamphlet later converted into a book, Thomas Paine lists out the various reasons for ceding from Britain and taking the next steps towards drafting …

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Who were the Shudras?

Sat 06 January 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

How does one expose the hypocrisy of an orthodoxy? By studying their sources of 'truth' and invalidate them. That's the approach taken by BR Ambedkar in his book "Who were the Shudras?". He quotes the Vedas and other scriptures to demonstrate tampering and selective reading as a basis to prop …

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On Nationalism

Fri 29 December 2017 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"On Nationalism" is a collection of essays by historian Romila Thapar, jurist AG Noorani and journalist Sadanand Menon. The JNU sedition row of 2016 prompted these personalities to pen down their thoughts on the concept of nationalism and how vested interests misuse it (not just restricted to India but a …

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The temple tiger and more man-eaters of Kumaon

Mon 25 December 2017 by Thejaswi Puthraya

I was aware of Jim Corbett's role as a conservationist where he spent a large portion of his life trying to save the tiger in the United Provinces (currently the state of Uttarakhand) but little did I know that he started off as a hunter. He would be commissioned by …

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The First War of Independence

Fri 22 December 2017 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"The First War of Independence" is the translation of Vinayak Damodar Savarakar's Marathi book on the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. This is a book I will suggest all English readers to avoid because there are a lot of typos, grammatical errors, bad formatting and factual contradictions (within the book). These …

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Men without women

Wed 06 December 2017 by Thejaswi Puthraya

I was supposed to have picked up collection of short stories with the same name by Ernest Hemingway but got confused and ended up purchasing this. This was my first Murakami book (also a collection of short stories) and it is a blend of comedy with tragedy. The common theme …

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How to create a mind

Sat 02 December 2017 by Thejaswi Puthraya

The human brain is a masterpiece! It can recognize so many patterns and store a lot of memories. But how did the brain evolve and can it be mathematically simulated? Ray Kurzweil's book - "How to create a mind", answers these questions through a series of thought experiments.

Through these experiments …

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