Gone Girl

Sat 27 July 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Gone Girl" is an amazing thriller of a wife who goes missing while planning for her fifth marriage anniversary. The husband finds himself implicated in her missing. He has to make use of the clues that his wife has left him in the anniversary treasure hunt to learn more about …

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One flew over the cuckoo's nest

Wed 17 July 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

This book had been recommended by many as a good case-study of sociopathic personalities (people identified their bosses, teachers etc as the Nurse Ratched in their lives). "One flew over the cuckoo's nest" is set in a psychiatric facility with Nurse Ratched, an emotionally manipulative nurse, as the chief overseer …

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Homodeus

Thu 11 July 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Homodeus: A brief history of tomorrow" is supposed to be the sequel to the wildly popular Homosapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. As the title suggests, it is a set of predictions by the author that will elevate the human race to the level of god (Deus is latin for "god …

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Einstein: His Life and Universe

Sun 30 June 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Einstein: His Life and Universe" is the biography of scientist Albert Einstein written by Walter Isaacson (who also authored Steve Jobs biography). Generally one would expect that a lot of focus would be on Einstein's scientific career but Isaacson devotes far more to Einstein's personal and political life.

I started …

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The Handmaid's Tale

Tue 30 April 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"The Handmaid's Tale" is a dystopian novel along the lines of "1984" and "A Brave New World" with the distinction that it's narrated through the voice of a woman (one largely absent in the other two books). Offred (a name assigned) is a handmaid to a wife and her primary …

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Life of Pi

Mon 15 April 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

When life gives you no choices, would you still stick to your beliefs and values? Or let practicality dictate your decisions? "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel explores these questions through the life of Piscine Patel aka Pi. The Patel family is based out of Pondicherry and run the city …

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The Agony and The Ecstacy

Sun 31 March 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"The agony and the ecstacy" is a biographical novel written by Irving Stone on the master sculptor, Michelangelo Buonarroti. Irving Stone relies mostly on Michelangelo's correspondence and the Buonarroti chroniclers for earlier history.

Despite being a master marble sculptor, Michelangelo was forced to take commissions on material he hadn't worked …

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Florence: The biography of a city

Fri 22 March 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Another book by Christopher Hibbert and this is mostly a repetition of "The rise and fall of Medici" with a fast narration before and after the Medicis. The difference being a little more emphasis on the monuments of Florence. Possibly a good guide book if you are planning to visit …

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The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall

Sun 17 March 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Christopher Hibbert is a historian for the tl;dr (too long; didn't read) generation. He condenses a huge span of history making it a great starting point to the reader who otherwise would be lost over where to begin.

The Medici family was one of the most powerful families in …

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The Gene: An intimate history

Wed 13 March 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Very few authors have the capability of successfully explaining science to the layperson. Siddhartha Mukherjee is one of them. His previous book, "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer", brought out cancer onto our coffee tables and this brings genetics. Like in his book on cancer, the author …

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