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Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

This book is actually statistics explained in layman’s language, and how it applies to our daily lives. It’s actually less about the mathematical parts of statistics, and much more about the hidden assumptions and surprising results that are counter-intuitive but built-in to statistics – what we perceive as success may be pure luck, or vice […]

The Assault on Reason by Al Gore

Al Gore, one of the most lucid American political commentators I have read, explains clearly and persuasively why he thinks American democracy is going downhill and is in dire need of a shot in the arm. His main arguments are – the overwhelming influence of the television media, leading to a sudden decrease in citizen […]

The wheel weaves

Robert Jordan, author of the wonderful Wheel of Time series passed away recently. I loved the wheel of time books that I’ve read. More than that, his stories and words and ideas have, and still do, influence me personally. I still remind myself often that “The wheel weaves as the wheel wills.” And the list […]

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, by Kim Edwards

This book is a novel about a doctor who delivers his wife’s twins himself, but decides to give away the girl because she has Down’s syndrome. The doctor’s nurse takes the girl away and raises her on her own. The writing is excellent, I enjoyed that independently of the plot. My tastes have changed slightly […]

Party of one: The Loner’s Manifesto by Anneli Rufus

A very interesting book about people who tend to prefer their own company over others. When I first saw this book, I was surprised to see the subtitle – why do loners need a manifesto anyway? – but my doubts were answered soon after. Even before I’d read the first page. The first three people […]

Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn

In terms of chronology, this is the oldest authorized Star Wars fiction novel. Written by the writer of the KOTOR games, it describes a period even before the Old Republic when the Sith and the Jedi were numerous and warring against each other – and the story is about how the well known Sith principles […]

Collapse – by Jared Diamond

I thought Guns, Germs and Steel was a brilliant book; and this work from Jared Diamond far surpasses it. We hear many important messages all the time, but there’s nothing like a good story to add impact. Except, maybe, a true story. Or maybe a dozen true stories. If you pick up this book in […]

Games Indians Play, by V. Raghunathan

A great book. The author clearly feels that the Indian national character has some fundamental problems – we are free-riders, seek to serve self over society, are way too intelligent for our own good. These traits lead to the phenomena which plague Indian society – things like corruption and it’s general acceptance, unhealthy levels of […]

Math and the Mona Lisa by Bülent Atalay

The water you touch in a river is the last of that which has passed and the first of which is coming. Thus it is with time present. Life, if well spent, is long. — Leonardo da Vinci Science books are a lot of fun, and this one was no exception though it’s a bit […]

Buddha, by Deepak Chopra

A major distinguishing feature of Buddhism compared to other religions is that the story of the worshiped one is that of a normal human. One not gifted in any particular way or blessed by any God – just of one who tried his hardest to attain the truth. Buddha is the retelling of this story. […]