Think again

Mon 14 October 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

There are a lot of books stereotyping Indians in the US but "Think again" is slightly different. For one, it isn't as much an exaggeration and it offers a native twang. The Hyderabadi lingo is what makes this novel lively but kills part of the fun because it is abused …

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The Heart of India

Sun 29 September 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Mark Tully is a fantastic story teller and "The Heart of India" is a collection of humourous short stories from eastern Uttar Pradesh. I couldn't resist drawing parallels between RK Narayan and Jeffrey Archer in the stories. The stories exhibit a deep understanding of the rural Indian society and the …

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Man and Boy

Wed 25 September 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

When was the last time 'a' book moistened your eyes and brought a smile that stretched from ear to ear? "Man and Boy" by Tony Parsons is definitely one such book.

A man grows up to become a father and take charge of his son. In the process, he draws …

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If God was a Banker

Sun 15 September 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Two fresh graduates join a foreign bank planning to disrupt banking in India. One is ambitious, willing to play the bad ball and trample everyone in his path while the other's hallmark is integrity and won't stand corruption.

No prizes for guessing the rest of the story. This non-linear story …

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The God of Small Things

Fri 13 September 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

The God of Small Things is the debut and Booker prize winner novel by Arundhati Roy. The book is set in Ayemenem, a village in Kerala in a Syrian Catholic family. Rahel, the narrator, recounts the story of her family starting from her grandfather until the day she "returns".

While …

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Tue 03 September 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Freakonomics is an economist's take on some non-traditional "economic" topics. Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner use economic theory to explain why crime rates decreased after an abortion ban, what teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common, how information de-control led to the downfall of Ku Klux Klan etc.

The use …

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The Old Man and his God

Sun 01 September 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"The old man and his God" is a collection of short stories by Sudha Murthy, a well known philantrophist and wife of Infosys Chairman, N R Murthy. The book is a collection of about 20 short stories. She claims that all the stories in this book are based on true …

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Chanakya's Chant

Mon 05 August 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Chanakya is possibly the first documented king maker of Indian history and is well known for his masterpiece, Artha Shastra (the knowledge of wealth). As a child, I heard numerous stories of how he schemed and employed unconventional techniques to achieve his goals.

My expectations were pegged higher when I …

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The Class

Tue 23 July 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

What memories from college would resurface on your class' 25th reunion? Would you still harbour animosity from college or let bygones be bygones? "The Class" by Erich Segal narrates the story of Harvard batch of 1958 until their 25th reunion.

Andrew Eliot joins Harvard, with a huge burden on his …

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God delusion

Sun 16 June 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Richard Dawkins is a famous English atheist and staunch believer of "evolution". In "God delusion", he challenges the existence of God with evolutionary principles.

Up front, he categorizes people into 7 classes based on their belief and states that this book should be read (and warns that it may outrage …

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