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Phantons in the Brain by V. S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee

This is a non-fiction book on neuroscience. I nearly got scared too, but on the back cover was a recommendation from The Economist and so I decided to pick it up and give it a try. Turns out to be a wonderfully written, eminently layman-readable and a very interesting book. The author examines a number […]

The Laws of Simplicity, by John Maeda

When I’m trying to publish a research paper, write code, make an argument, or even write a blog post, keeping it simple is one of the best ways of making an impact, not to mention being understood. Yet, as I and no doubt all of you – have often discovered, the process of creating simplicity […]

Adrian Mole and the WMDs, by Sue Townsend

I guess everyone knows this, but I’ll say it anyway – nobody does humour like the British. The book is a diary of one Adrian Mole – a man with two failed marriages and with a kid from each, who somehow ends up making the worst possible political, emotional and financial choices. His genius lies […]

Echoes of the Great Song, by David Gemmell

As you perhaps can tell, I’ve come to appreciate Gemmell a lot. I find his style of fantasy writing refreshing; in a world where almost all fantasy writing is all about good battling evil, his writings blur the distinction between the two and set the reader into new directions of thinking about them. This novel […]

The Swords of Night and Day, by David Gemmell

Although this is the last book of the Drenai series (none of which I’ve read) – it’s a perfectly fine read on its own. One really has to thank David Gemmell for keeping his series books more or less independent. This fantasy tale revolves around the resurrection of two legendary millennia-old heroes to fight the […]

Snow, by Orhan Pamuk

As usual, I have a backlog of a number of books to review, but I brought this one forward because it’s one of the most extraordinary books I’ve read. The book revolves around a poet, Ka, who returns to his homeland from exile – and travels to the remote town of Kars, ostensibly to investigate […]

Indian Summers by John Wright

One of the books that I’m really thankful I’ve read. Without doubt, a wonderful read for any Indian cricket fan. John Wright describes his whole stint as Indian coach; starting from his selection as coach to finish. Few can argue that since John Wright, Indian cricket has improved in a number of ways – professionalism, […]

Universe on a T-shirt by Dan Falk

Quite an interesting read about the history of physics. Falk starts from ancient Greeks who theorized that Earth was the center of the universe and everything was made from earth, air, fire and water and progresses to modern day theoretical physicists who talk in terms of string theory. Throughout the book, there is a common […]

The Afghan by Fredrick Forsyth

An extremely well thought out plot, marred by lack of detail and a poor ending. Forsyth bases his latest book in the modern world of terrorism, in which a British soldier disguises himself as an Al-Qaeda operative in order to gain access to their latest plans. The first half of the book is spent on […]

India: From midnight to millennium by Shashi Tharoor

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time, just never got around to it until now. The book was written around 1996 and presents the high points and trends of India’s history from independence till that time. One of the things that inspired me to finally read and finish this book was […]