Book Review : The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher

Book Review : The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher

I was lucky enough to sit for one of Philip Hensher's sessions at JLF otherwise I would have completely missed out on this writing. It's full of flavour, details and you really feel part of the story. Review The Northern Clemency chronicles the lives of a few families in a Sheffield neighbourhood through 20 years. It's a testament to just how much economic, cultural changes bring about startling changes of it's own within a community. There's initially a lot of mystery about the Grover family which resolves quickly and it's really the people…Read more
Book Review : The Mysterious Mr Jacob by John Zubrzycki

Book Review : The Mysterious Mr Jacob by John Zubrzycki

I initially bought this book after attending a session by the author at Jaipur Literature Festival last year. I was very intrigued about the main character in this book. It's a non fiction account trying to demystify this Mr. Jacob who was mainly a diamond merchant in the pre Independence period. Review The book has a very distinct storytelling method from what I'm (usually) used to. It has its moments of facts and it's moments of narration. Mr. Jacob himself is very interesting mainly because of his connections and the things he was…Read more
Book Review : The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck

Book Review : The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck

I first read The Moon is Down over a year ago and something about it's simplicity in tackling such a profound subject was very moving. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck tells the story of village being invaded and it's effects on the everyday lives of the people. Put in such plain terms, it almost feels like a text-book but it is much more faceted and colourful. It has humour, it has personalities and above all it shows human frailty and integrity.   Review The book starts of with amusing seemingly ordinary…Read more
November 2013 List Love

November 2013 List Love

Winter is here! I cannot be happier! Last week also rained quite a bit in my city which made it cooler, cloudy and indirectly, made me more sleepy as well. The end of November signals the start of my favourite time with New Year, my birthday, anniversary and Valentine's Day to look forward to! I mean I get gifts and I like it. ;)       Link Love - Books 1. The Mysterious Mr. Jacob by John Zubrzycki - It's more of a historical book than a story as such but fascinating nonetheless.…Read more
Book Review : Time Reborn by Lee Smolin

Book Review : Time Reborn by Lee Smolin

This book was a very odd purchase for me and first of it's kind! Time Reborn by Lee Smolin is a non fiction book explaining time as an important part of physics and how it's the key to unravelling many questions. It was more of an academic read for me, but I enjoyed it! I love learning new things!   Review The author explains concepts and theories in detail but in a simple manner.  It's also helped by illustrations made by the MinutePhysics guy. We start right at the beginning with the initial concepts…Read more
Taming the Gods by Ian Buruma

Taming the Gods by Ian Buruma

I ventured into non-fiction not too long ago but this is one of the first political-religious books I bought. I heard Ian Buruma speak at Jaipur Literature festival and was very interested in reading this one in particular. He talks about how religion helped form civilizations and also broke them up. And today, we come at a stage where we hold democracy on a pedestal and as an 'ideal' way to govern. It's interesting to read how religion comes into play in all of this. Summary The book goes at length to describe…Read more
The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad

The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad

I've read a lot of books between October and now but I decided to finally sit down and write a review. Writing a review is almost like reading it again because I go through all the highlights in my mind; what I should include, what I shouldn't, would this be a spoiler? The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad is a brilliant book with a gripping story about a boy residing in the mountain tribes of Central Asia between Afganistan and Pakistan. Ahmad himself, belonging to one of these tribes had a deep connection…Read more
Smiley’s People by John Le Carre

Smiley’s People by John Le Carre

Smiley's People is one of the best written by Le Carre. You see the final end to the Smiley-Karla fight. It's without noise and grandeur but very smart and brilliantly pieced together. Summary Following the trail of a murdered ex-informant, Smiley uncovers that there's a lot more to the mystery. Smiley, now back from retirement (again) is forced to revisit old collegues and old enemies to find out what really happened. Review Ah... it's brilliant. For Smiley-Karla fans, it doesn't get better than this. You get "closure" in this book. It's written really…Read more
Three Plays by Ayn Rand

Three Plays by Ayn Rand

Last month I picked up Three Plays by Ayn Rand. It's a collection of 3 plays . They belong to the crime, law and social scenes. Summary The three plays are : Night of January 16th - crime drama set in court Ideal - Also a mystery and crime drama about an actress on the run who is charged with murder Think Twice - a murder mystery Review I somehow felt that 16th January was too predictable. Ideal had a great story and so much variety in all the different chracters. Kay Gonda…Read more
Mustaine : A Life in Metal by Dave Mustaine

Mustaine : A Life in Metal by Dave Mustaine

Dave Mustaine for those of you who don't know, is the frontman of Megadeth and a guitar legend. This book is his autobiography. Summary Mustaine recalls everything from his time growing up with a single mom, to a drug dealer to an avid guitar player. His time with Metallica and ultimately his journey with Megadeth. Review Mustaine takes us from his childhood upto his pinnacle of success with Megadeth and life afterwards. Inspite of having a troubled life, he manages to come through. For a fan, it's a must read. And yes, there's a lot of Metallica in…Read more
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