Not without my daughter
Betty Mahmoody, an American citizen is tricked by her husband, an Iranian national into accompanying him along with their little daughter for a vacation to Iran. A few days into her stay, she realizes that this is a one-way trip and her husband has no plans of returning. She frantically …read more
Have you ever been uncontrollably in love with a person even after learning of their flaws? "The Magician" by Somerset Maugham is the story of Margaret who breaks off her engagement with Arthur, a successful doctor a few days ahead of the engagement. She falls in love with an ugly …read more
The city of djinns
William Dalrymple and his wife are on a long visit to Delhi, the city of djinns. The book is a tribute to the city and is filled with stories of interesting characters he meets here like his Sikh landlady, the loud-mouthed taxi driver, house keeping staff etc.
While the back …read more
"Micro" by Michael Crichton (author of "Jurassic Park") is the story of a group of research students who get miniaturized by a company when they get interested in a murder's leads. Does the team survive the world where even insects appear like giants and against time when their bodies succumb …read more
Heart of Darkness
What image would the word 'sailor' invoke for you? For me it would be Haddock from Tintin, an alcoholic captain who mouths expletives when sober but a damn good seafarer. But after reading the "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad, it has changed to Charles Marlow.
Set in the early …read more
Don't make me think!
Steve Krug is renowned user experience professional and is the author of several popular books in this area. "Don't make me think!" is his most widely read book. I was recommended this book by a designer in response to my query on designing better online experiences.
I picked up the …read more
If you've ever harboured thoughts of retiring to the country side and living off your own small farm, Walden is a book for you. Henry Thoreau, an American philosopher documents his experiences of living in solitude at the Walden lake.
The book lacks a structure but generally discusses a lot …read more
The suffrage of Elvira
This was my first VS Naipaul novel and I picked it up with a lot of reluctance especially over his chauvinistic views. But boy, this book lived up to it's expectations as a super comedy.
This book describes the first election at Trinidad. The electorate is multi-cultural with Hindus, Muslims …read more
The Little Black book of Innovation
Can innovation be successfully instilled and nurtured within a company? Scott Anthony pulls out quite a few case studies from his career as an "Innovation Expert" and analyzes them for the reader.
This is a book from the HBR stable and is a passable read. The main reason for this …read more