Book Reviews (26)

📚 The Tartar Steppe - Dino Buzzati (1940)

Published in 1940, The Tartar Steppe is a haunting walk-through of a life wasted away in wait of an opportunity that never arises. Think of it as a manual on what not to do when you’re stuck in a lifeless job with the perpetual hope of things improving at some point in the future. read more ▷

📚 Equal Rites - Discworld 3 - Terry Pratchett (1987)

This is the third published Discworld novel. It is a quick read, set in the fantastic land of Discworld, set upon the backs of four elephants, who’re standing on the back of the great cosmic turtle: A’Tuin. Mixed in with light subversion of gender tropes, the venerable humorist’s prose will make you think while you laugh. read more ▷

📚 Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service (2012)

For those like me who didn’t know, Mossad is Israel’s counterpart of the usual three letter secretive organisations from other countries. This book is a compilation of the various high stakes missions that this organisation has undertaken since the formation of Israel as a country in the forties. read more ▷

📚 Reminiscences of a Stock Operator - Edwin Lefèvre (1923)

Happened to read this book around the peak of the blockchain frenzy. I went in expecting some insight on how stock markets worked, instead what I found was a romanticised recounting of a stock operator. I later found out he killed himself. read more ▷

📚 The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells (1897)

I think almost all sci-fi is social sci-fi because it otherwise would have to be science-fact or simply bullshit. This book can be spotted on almost every bookshelf under the classics section and on every ‘to read’ list you can find. Though I’ve never actually met anybody who has read the book. read more ▷

📚 A Game of Thrones - G.R.R. Martin (1996)

I began the series after seeing all the seven seasons of the television adaptation. About halfway through I regretted starting the book because I always knew what was going to happen and reading it happen again wasn’t really helping or adding much to the original experience. read more ▷

📚 Meet Mr. Mulliner - P.G. Wodehouse (1927)

Angler’s Rest, a pub(-lic house) in London, is the hangout spot of the author and the titular Mr. Mulliner. His stories of all the weird things that happen with his relatives are a source of constant amusement to the author and other patrons. Having always heard people mention that Wodehouse was their favorite English humour, I decided to give it a shot. read more ▷

📚 The Lean Startup - Eric Ries (2011)

This is the second of the two most recommended readings for anyone doing anything even remotely startup related (the other being Zero to One). read more ▷

📚 Animal Farm - George Orwell (1945)

While intended as a satire of the Russian revolution, I think this book has far wider applications. It delivers the quintessential communist microcosm in an amazingly crisp but understandable manner. read more ▷

📚 Jaya - Devdutt Pattanaik (2010)

An amalgamation of the various versions of the Mahabharat, consolidated by one Mr. Pattanaik. This version encourages one to achieve inner peace in their life, but portrays how people actually end up doing the completely opposite in their life. read more ▷

📚 The Colour of Magic - Discworld 1 - Terry Pratchett (1983)

Having looked at various recommended reading orders and the litany of books that is Discworld, I am unsure if I will ever be able to read through Sir Pratchett’s legacy. Having decided to at least taste the series, I started with the first book, ‘The Colour of Magic’. read more ▷

📚 Rich Dad, Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki (1997)

This book made a lot of waves back in 2000 when it came out. People were recommending it left and right. Most of what the book claims makes sense and is probably common knowledge in certain circles. read more ▷

📚 Zero to One - Peter Thiel (2014)

I started reading this book after having already attempted ( what felt like) a startup and working in a new one right now. The best way to keep up with this book is constant mental questions and thinking about how you’ve been thinking before. An good exercise is to evaluate your own experience or companies that you’ve seen closely as you read through the various ideas presented in this book. read more ▷

📚 Sultan - Mahesh Elkunchwar (1989)

This is a collection of one act plays; another recommendation from my Mother as a nice way to get used to Elkunchwar’s style. The book is named after the first play and the name seems unrelated to the remaining ones. read more ▷

📚 Ranga Half-Pants - Suman Kumar (2016)

The book’s name and cover led me into believing that it was about how Ranga got his full-pants but that’s only half the book. You have to read the synposis to find out about the other half, which is a different tale set in the same village. read more ▷

📚 One Thousand Days in a Refrigerator: Stories - Manoj Kumar Panda (2016)

We’ve been told to not judge a book by its cover. I, for some reason, always took it in the sense that one shouldn’t think a book is bad because of its cover. Never had I ever seen a bad book with a good cover. Well, there’s always a first time. read more ▷

📚 Why I Am Not a Hindu - Kancha Ilaiah (1996)

For the uninitiated, this can be a very eye-opening read. For others, it is an amusing treatment that spends quite some time establishing theories. I belong to the former category and I concede that this book made me look more closely at the caste system in India; something that I’d managed to ignore for quite some time now. read more ▷

📚 Life, the Universe and Everything - Douglas Adams (1982)

The third installment in the series, Life, the Universe and Everything continues the pan-universal adventure of one earthman Arthur Dent. As bizzare and british as its predecessors it tries to resolve Arthur’s search for the question to the answer of The Life, Universe and Everything else. read more ▷

📚 वनवास - प्रकाश नारायण संत (1994)

This is the first real Marathi book that I’ve read. It discusses the childhood village life of लंपन, a character that represents the author’s childhood self. read more ▷

📚 The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand (1943)

It is almost impossible to have not heard enthusiastic mentions of The Fountainhead before you start it. Consequently it is also impossible to have not formed a notion of how the book might be. This plays both for and against the book’s experience. read more ▷

📚 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)

Bravo! That’s all I have to say to Rowling. A fitting ending to a fantastic series. This is one of the few books that has maintained its quality consistently throughout the series making for a very entertaining read. read more ▷

📚 Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn (2012)

Marriage. That’s what this book is about. Long term relationships between a husband and a wife. Nick Dunne and Amy Elliot are a couple in Missouri and Amy is missing. Nick is the prime suspect. Shit has finally hit the fans on a stale five year old marriage and no one has a single clue about what is going on. read more ▷

📚 Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian (2012)

This is the last book in the series of eight and Eoin Colfer has promised to conclude the Artemis Fowl saga. I was quite excited when I heard that the serie had finally ended. This has been one of my favorite series and I have been hooked since the first book. read more ▷

📚 The Demon-Haunted World - Carl Sagan

An excellent book for people who were recently introduced to skeptical thinking and want to understand the idea further. read more ▷

📚 The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)

I’ve not seen the movies. I’ve not read the Lord of the Rings ( yet). This book is Bilbo’s story of how he finds the ring and helps Thorin and Company take back the Lonely Mountain. read more ▷

📚 The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga (2008)

This is an interesting book. It presents a different kind of entrepreneurship. One that requires a person to kill, bribe and lie through their way in the system in order to be successful. One where people are denied their chance to succeed in the world due to various societal factors. read more ▷