Siddhartha is a contemporary of Gautama Buddha and the protagonist of the German novel by the same name written by Herman Hess. Siddhartha renounces familial life to achieve enlightenment. He is accompanied on this journey by his friend, Govinda. They hear of Buddha's teachings and approach him with answers ...read more
I picked up this novel thinking it would be in the same genre as "Don Quixote" but boy was I mistaken! The Prince by Machiavelli is analogous to Chanakya's Arthashastra. Machiavelli documents the political situation in Italy in the 1600s and writes about the various initiatives that a prince ...read more
I have read a few novels of Frederick Forsyth and love them but writing short stories is a different ball game altogether. With "No Comebacks", Frederick Forsyth has delivered 10 amazing short stories. Most stories concerning crime and they will blow away your mind. If you are a fan of ...read more
Metamorphosis and other stories
Kafkaesque is the term used to describe something irrational. Metamorphosis does full justice to that word. Gregor Samsa, a hard working and on the road salesman, wakes up one day to find out that he has turned into a "monstrous verminous bug". His parents and sister are horrified by his ...read more
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
"Don't Panic" reads the sticker on the cover of the book. Earth gets destroyed by an alien race and Arthur Dent, a human has lost his home and planet and is now travelling in space with Ford, an alien. Arthur is in a state of panic and doesn't ...read more
Sunset at Blandings
You sneak into a house under an assumed identity to meet your lover but the problem is that many occupants of the house know your identity. How to extricate oneself from such a situation? Generally, a PG Wodehouse book would reveal the answer to the question but not in this ...read more
The Argumentative Indian
The Argumentative Indian is a collection of essays by Nobel Laureate and economist Amartya Sen. The essays discuss Indian history, democracy, culture and secularism.
Probably, there is a time and place to read this book and that time (atleast for me) was not now. India is currently seeing a kindling ...read more
Night of January 16th
This is a play written by Ayn Rand that documents the trial of Karen Andre for the murder of her employer and lover, Bjorn Faulkner on the "Night of January 16th".
The play is fully set in the court and no actual depiction of the murder is shown. The whole ...read more