Venkat

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Date registered: October 2, 2011

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maniacal penchant for books, more books, still more books and lot more books - When I am not watching cricket that is! Love my Scotch and scribble for fun!

Latest posts

  1. The Illusory Loom — January 4, 2018
  2. 10 Literary Discoveries of 2017 — January 1, 2018
  3. DROWNING CRUCIBLE OF HUMANITY — December 26, 2017
  4. SPARK TO IGNITE A FLAME — December 23, 2017
  5. Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business – Rana Foroohar — December 23, 2017

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Jan 04

The Illusory Loom

Why does the obstinate heart fail to understand? That there is no magic ticket to any promised land On barren patches of soil, roses never bloom Fabrics of fascinating dreams become the mere products of an illusory loom   Patterns of complex emotions as they abruptly manifest Alternating between uncontrolled angst and infinite jest Knowingly …

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Jan 01

10 Literary Discoveries of 2017

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As 2017 ends, it is time to take stock of some new literary discoveries. So here goes the list of 10 authors discovering whose works gave me immense satisfaction: 1. Michel Houllevecq Reading this author has been a cathartic experience. Where Kundera-meets-Harold Robbins.        He gives one        the courage to …

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Dec 26

DROWNING CRUCIBLE OF HUMANITY

A rudderless boat caught in a gale storm with no shore in sight Leaving the boatman to rant and rue over his dire plight Trying to flee misfortune only to land in calamity’s hands The soul desperately struggles to hold onto faith’s last strands.   Every gleam of light is but a laughing mirage of …

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Dec 23

SPARK TO IGNITE A FLAME

Tracing the tendrils of cigarette smoke wafting up into thin air An overwhelming loss scythed through him as he stared into the harsh sun’s glare While the dead stay alive in eternal sleep, the living are but the disguised dead The most powerful and profound words are those that remain unsaid There wasn’t no time …

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Dec 23

Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business – Rana Foroohar

An acerbic and scathing indictment of the pernicious practices, perilous ventures and impetuous outlook that has almost become symptomatic of Wall Street. Rana Foroohar’s “Makers and Takers…” (The Book”) is an essential reading for grasping the mechanics of Wall Street which brought the entire global financial machinery to the brink of ruin. Laying out bare …

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Nov 18

The Art of Discarding by Nagisa Tatsumi

A book that lays out practical and logical methods for disposing clutter, “The Art of Discarding”, is a timely addition for a more organised, if not a totally minimalist lifestyle. All of us are attached to our belongings, parting with which induces a sense of nostalgia, not to mention a sense of loss. Nagisa Tatsumi …

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Nov 13

Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy by Robert H.Frank

What is the importance played by luck in success? Are achievements purely attributable to hard work, talent and skills alone? Do high achievers over emphasise the ‘Bismarkian’ motto of blood, sweat and tears at the expense of the crucial factor of luck? Robert H. Frank, the H. J. Louis Professor of Management and Professor of …

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Nov 11

The Retreat Of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce

In the bleak and vaudevillian backdrop of both Brexit and the meteoric rise of Donald Trump, Edward Luce’s “The Retreat of Western Liberalism” (“The Book”) provokes a hard but welcome introspection underlying the rise of populism in settings of democracy. The pervasive spread of “Illiberal democracy” (a term coined by the journalist Farid Zakaria in …

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Nov 06

Talking to my Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism – Yanis Varoufakis

The one most arresting reason why I love reading the books of Yanis Varoufakis is the degree of accessibility which he accords. Although an expert in the domain of Economics, he has the unique and compelling ability to shed the garb of an expert and make himself comprehensible to every layman whose curiosity has piqued …

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Nov 04

Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus by Matt Taibbi

Writing with raw irreverence, impetuosity and in an irascible vein, Matt Taibbi combines shades of Gonzo journalism popularized by the famous Hunter J. Thompson with his own in your face style of trenchant reporting to chart the unimaginable and meteoric rise of the eccentric Donald Trump, first to the pinnacle of the Republican Nomination and …

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