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Couple of book reviews

I’ve been reading quite a bit lately, but with a new job and tons of other things; writing reviews hasn’t kept up. Here are a couple of quick reviews of recent reads. More later. Game Change John Heilemann and Mark Halperin A great inside look at all aspects of the 2008 US Presidential election. It […]

On my Amazon wish list: a web reading app

You’ve heard the old joke right? When mankind first went into space, the only computers available were used to control the spacecraft. And so, humans needed, you know, pen-and-paper. Unfortunately, pens rely on the downward flow on ink, which in turn relies on gravity, which isn’t a given in space. And so the Americans apparently […]

The life of a photograph, by Sam Abell

One of the most impactful books I’ve read about photography. Very little words, except the thousands in the photographs. Any number of gurus, books, lectures on photography will tell you how important it is that a photograph tell a story; but until I read this book, I really didn’t understand. I can give no better […]

The Lost Art of Walking, by Geoff Nicholson

Almost a decade and a half ago, a friend and I did something many considered somewhat batty. We walked from Juhu to Versova along the beach. It isn’t really much of a challenge, the distance being about four or five kilometers. For some reason, large swathes of the beach were empty, deserted and relatively far […]

Storm Front – Jim Butcher

Decided to give the Dresden Files series a try based on the recommendation of friends. It’s a fantasy series, only set in modern Chicago. The main character, Harry Dresden, is a wizard, master of spells and deals with demons and the like. I’ve always been interested in what a fantasy story in the modern setting […]

The Solitude of Emperors, by David Davidar

This wonderful novel explores personal stories behind religious fundamentalism in India. A young man, Vijay, brought up in South India, comes to Bombay to be a journalist in a little known magazine. The magazine’s editor, portrayed as a staunch believer in secularism and a deep thinker, heavily influences him. Vijay ends up getting involved in […]

India: A History by John Keay

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Book Review: Understanding Exposure by Bryan Petersen

I read this book about a month ago. Off the bat I can tell you that Bryan Peterson is an amazing writer, and when it comes to teaching photography technique, I’ve not read a better author (I highly recommend his other book as well, titled “Learning to see creatively”). I wanted to wait till I’d […]

Notes from a Small Island, by Bill Bryson

One the one hand, I’d say Great Britain owes Bill Bryson a ton for this amazing book and travelogue across Britain. On the other, the book is so well written that it’s a toss up to say whether an actual trip would be more enjoyable. Kidding, of course, but not too much. Bryson captures more […]

The Joiner King by Troy Denning

I picked up a Star Wars book after a long time. This is the first book of the Dark Nest Trilogy, set after the completion of The New Jedi Order series. A new species is starting to colonize the Galaxy, near the borders of Chiss space – a species with a collective mind. A collective […]