Our Moon has blood Clots

Why did I read this book? As the intolerance debate plagued the country, I had come across a very thought provoking article on the hypocrisy of fringe elements in proclaiming India as intolerant nation state. The article provided 2 significant premise highlighting how media has time & again selectively politicised issues in favour of votebanks: the…

JFK’s Forgotten Crisis: Sino-India 1962

Why did I read this book? Etymology reveals that – Strategy – a ubiquitous term in today’s world, derives its meaning from the Greek word ‘stratēgia’ meaning war or generalship. The foundation of business strategy in the 21st century lies in the art of war practiced thousands of centuries ago. As part of a course…

Portofino

Why did I read this book? I was in Goa for a vacation last week and needed a casual book while soaking myself in the sun at Arambol beach. The only problem being: I wasn’t carrying a book/ Kindle/ Laptop with me for the trip. Luckily, the resort I was staying at housed a library…

I, Robot

Why did I read this book? I don’t read scientific fiction novels and don’t watch the likes of interstellar / space travel / UFO movies and more such Nolan creations which usually the engineering nerds go gaga about. This book was recommended by a friend  – one of those nerds – primarily for the innate…

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Why did I read this book? Quirky titles and quirkier descriptions are enough to make me stop and consider a book while browsing at a shop. This was another of those ‘I have to kill time before my flight arrives’ moments and I chanced upon this novel at the Delhi airport bookshop, neatly tucked in…

Being There

Why did I read this book? I was deeply amused after reading George Orwell’s Animal Farm, and was on the lookout for more satire / allegory based novels. Being There, a 1971 classic by Jerzy Kosinski, fit the bill correctly. It’s a satirical take on modern day American media and politics, of how a nonentity…

Night

Why did I read this book? Auschwitz was famed to be one of the largest concentration camps with 1.1 Million Jews brought and exterminated during Nazi Germany. There have been multiple books, films, documentaries from multiple survivors, all covering distinctive aspects of one of the largest genocide in mankind history. I had also recently watched…

Moksha to Market II : Rise of Patanjali

Patanjali has been successful in creating a dent in the closely knit Indian FMCG industry, last seen in the 1980s by ITC. The dent created by a company emanating from Yogic wisdom has been able to capture the I have provided a basic overview to the rise of Patanjali as sketched in Baba Radev’s biography…

Moksha to Market I – Baba Ramdev

Why did I read this book? I was strolling through the Indira Gandhi Delhi Airport (back from my trip to Haridwar) – I had to kill  time as my flight was delayed – when I chanced upon this book. Three major reasons why I decided to give it a shot : Patanjali’s meteoric rise in…

For Esme – With Love and squalor

Why did I read this book? Another classic J.D. Salinger read. The man needs no introduction. And the tittle of the book is intriguing enough. The Plot Summary The book features on list of best short novels to read. It’s a flat 60 minutes fluid read. The story is split into two distinct divisions with the…

The Lottery in Babylon

Why did I read this book? It is a short story recommended as part of introductory course material for an advanced strategic management in Indian business schools. It’s unusual in the context of an academic reading because the of the tone, semantics and writing style The Plot Summary It is a metaphorical narrative tale revolving around…

Dhulibasan

Why did I read this book? It is the kind of book you would pick up while casually strolling through a library or market. I chanced upon it while haggling with a shopkeeper about a different book from College Street Kolkata. More than the plot synopsis, what caught my attention was the translator, Sunil Gangopadhyay,…

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

Why did I decide to read this book? Gabriel Marquez is a celebrated author and his style of magical realism requires no introduction. This book is ubiquitously mentioned in almost all possible reading lists – Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble (100BooksToReadBeforeYouDie, 100BooksToReadInALifetime, 101BestSellingBooksOfAllTime). The Plot Summary The book features on list of best short novels to…