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…

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…

The Incredible Adventures of Robert ‘Einstein’ Varghese

Why did I read this book? The appeal of the plot lies in the insider outlook on the IIT-IIM-management consulting life of our protagonist. Right from the Chetan Bhagat days in 2005, Indian writes seem to have oversold the idea of IIT engineers, the spotlight getting transferred to IIM MBA grads, and of more recently…

Someone Like You

Why did I read this book? It’s a run-of-the mill love story belonging to Indian Young Adult romance genre – basically, the likes of which flourished after Chetan Bhagat. The only reason I picked it up is to kill time on a 40 minute train ride. The Plot Summary The plot is set around four…

Anthem

Why did I read this book? Even for new readers, Ayn Rand requires no introduction. If you have read The Fountainhead/ Atlas Shrugged – you would want to read the book which reiterates the same concepts in just 91 pages, of controlling people through collective wisdom. If you haven’t read Ayn Rand before – well…

Shopaholic Goes Abroad

Why did I read this book? The Girl in the Green Scarf is back with her disarming charm and frivolous spending patterns. She’s a pathological liar, puerile adult, crazy shopaholic and procrastinates every responsible activity under the sun. But despite her seemingly obvious flaws, don’t we all just adore Becky Bloomwood?