The Small Bachelor
So far, I have not enjoyed any non Jeeves story. But "The Small Bachelor" broke that jinx for me. The book opens with George Finch, a small time artist getting swept off his feet by Miss Waddington. But Mrs Waddington has got other plans for her daughter. George finds a …read more
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 …read more
The Heart of India
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 …read more
Man and Boy
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 …read more
If God was a Banker
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 …read more
The God of Small Things
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 …read more
The Old Man and his God
"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 …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more