Pakistan; or the partition of India

Thu 29 March 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Every person in the Indian subcontinent is aware of the misery caused by the partition of India. A lot of people believe that the Indian Congress Party and the first Prime Minister of India were responsible. They insist that the partition could have been avoided and history would've been kinder …

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The Bourne Identity

Tue 13 March 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Countless number of times people have recommended this book but I pushed back by claiming that this book didn't fit my interests. Recently I realised that my reading has been wide-ranging and I don't have a favourite genre.

A man is found almost dead by fishermen in the middle of …

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Mein Kampf

Wed 28 February 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Sometimes one just needs to read history without being judgemental to appreciate the context. It puts certain things into perspective. You don't necessarily have to take a stand but only use it to expand your realm.

Mein Kampf is Adolf Hitler's autobiography. The book traces his journey from his childhood …

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Aurangzeb: The man and the myth

Thu 25 January 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

History shouldn't be used to judge even though a lot of people claim that history should be the best judge. To judge a historical period, one must also factor in the context then. Without appreciating the context, one may end up distorting history. Aurangzeb is probably the most hated Mughal …

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The Great Gatsby

Sat 20 January 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

When the going is good, everyone is 'friends' with you. But when the first signs of trouble appear, only the true friends remain. "The Great Gatsby" is a novel by Scott Fitzgerald that mashes friendship, love and betrayal in a story set in America in the 1920s (post the World …

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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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