Oct 18

How to read Haruki Murakami – A Primer

One of the most frequently posed questions for me to answer in the capacity of a reader has been “How to read Haruki Murakami?” Mind you this is a question that is neither inane nor innocuous. There seem to be only two categories of readers in this contemporary world, those who abhor Murakami and those …

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Oct 17

Lessons of Life – A valuable experience worth the pain

Today I saw a very interesting question on Quora, the online forum for knowledge and information exchange. The question was “Have you experienced any hardship in life?” This is a question that is extremely pertinent to the harrowing time that I am going through at the present. On the 7th of June, 2017, courtesy a …

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Oct 15

Out Of The Wreckage – A New Politics for an Age of Crisis: George Monbiot

Trenchant, egregious and passionate, “Out of the Wreckage…” (“The book”) represents a loud voice bemoaning the surge of neo-liberalism that has wielded what George Monbiot perceives to be a pernicious influence over humanity. Preferring the ferocity of individualism over the warmth of togetherness, man has tragically become a puppet whose strings pull him dangerously towards …

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Oct 14

The Econocracy: The Perils of Leaving Economics to the Experts – Joe Earle, Cahal Moran, Zach Ward-Perkins

This is a very arresting attempt by a group of involved economic practitioners and students to bring the ‘dismal science’ back to the people. Currently, as argued passionately by the authors, the real of Economics has been showcased and stereotyped as being the exclusive preserve, privilege and preoccupation of a select few ‘experts’ whose claim …

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Oct 14

How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region – Joe Studwell

“How Asia Works…” (“The book”) comes highly recommended, garnering rave reviews from the likes of Bill Gates etc. The book more than merely lives up to the hype generated. Joe Studwell is more of a surgeon than an economist/journalist as he diagnoses the stumbling blocks, flexes out stimulants and prescribes suggestions that constitute the preserve …

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Oct 14

On the Meaning of Life – Will Durant

Upon being confronted outside his house by a man who is contemplating suicide, Will Durant is challenged to proffer a valid reason that would dissuade the latter from going ahead with his deadly proposition. Of course Durant could not have waxed eloquent a la Edmund Burke or a Macaulay considering the gravity of the circumstance …

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Oct 14

Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era – James Barrat

Reading more like a hyper extension of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” than an introduction to an explosion of technology, James Barrat’s “Our Final Invention”, brings us face to face with the alarmingly potential consequences of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) gone uncontrolled. Banking on materials collected from interviews with scientists, pioneers in robotics, chief technology officers …

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Oct 14

Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone – Satya Nadella

Mixed Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing. These are the three most passionate exhortations one finds in “Hit Refresh” by Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft. An autobiography subtly disguised as an expression of the current cultural ethos prevailing inside the world’s largest tech behemoth, “Hit Refresh” is an alarmingly thought provoking book. Emphasising his …

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Oct 14

The Curse of Damini – Debajani Mohanty

An interesting and honest debut work highlighting the dire plight of women in a caste based, male dominated chauvinistic society and the spirited efforts of one determined woman to break out from this vicious environment to chart her own destiny. Set predominantly in undivided Bengal during pre-independence India, “Curse of Damini” is a part fictional …

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Oct 14

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson, with an admirable blend of wit and wisdom takes us through the esoteric, exhilarating and extraordinary workings of our universe, the marvels of which are to to a significant extent, still unfathomable. Beginning with the evolution of the Universe a ‘mere’ fourteen billion years before, when the cosmos was an infinitesimal footnote, …

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