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…

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…

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?

Tuesdays with Morrie

Why did I decide to read this book? This book is ubiquitously mentioned in almost all possible reading lists – Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble (100BooksToReadBeforeYouDie, 100BooksToReadInALifetime, 101BestSellingBooksOfAllTime) and also recommended by quite a few friends. I assumed that little could go wrong with this classic 200-page bestseller on a lazy Sunday afternoon?

Lajja

Why did I decide to read this book? I recently read a heart-wrenching account of the 1996 exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, Our moon has blood clots by Rahul Pandita. The book is one of the finest memoirs on the issue of ethnic cleansing & rehabilitation struggles of refugees. Placed in similar context, Taslima Nasreen’s book talks…

Maximum City

Why did I read this book? It is one of the best books describing the emotion of Mumbai. Published in 2003, the book find its way through all most all the top 10 books based on Mumbai  The Plot Summary The author, who spent his childhood in Mumbai in the 1960s, had returned back from…

A Thing Beyond Forever

Why did I read this book? Very honestly, I wanted to move past the cliched authors of Durjoy Datta, Sudeep Nagarkar, Chetan Bhagat and try out a few less popular ones. Among all the other whacky tittles (Ex – a twisted love story, How about a sin tonight?, Marry me stranger) I picked the safer…

It Started With A Friend Request

Why did I decide to read this book? I simply wanted to find out whether Sudeep Nagarkar’s books were any different from other contemporary Indian Fiction novels. Did offer a breath of fresh air amidst the likes of Chetan Bhagat, Durjoy Datta & Ravinder Singh? The Plot Summary It’s a cliched Bollywood saga of love…

Have the unicorns stopped dazzling us?

The world watched as Indian startups hit astonishing valuations over the last few years. Eight Indian startups had become unicorns, with valuations exceeding $1 billion. However, two recent events i.e. the IPO of Infibeam & markdown of Flipkart has brought in doubts about the valuation of Indian e-commerce startups. While people claim that corrections are nothing new…