Venkat

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Date registered: October 2, 2011

Biography

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. Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford — February 18, 2018
  2. How Will You Measure Your Life? – Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon — February 18, 2018
  3. Smarter, Faster, Better – Charles Duhigg — February 18, 2018
  4. THE ONLY STORY – JULIAN BARNES — February 18, 2018
  5. The Proust Questionnaire – A Personal Effort — February 14, 2018

Most commented posts

  1. Rahul Sharad Dravid – Class, Calibre, and Composure — 12 comments
  2. Marvels of literature and auto rickshaws – A unique combination — 10 comments
  3. Controversially Yours by Shoaib Akthar – An aberration of an autobiography — 10 comments
  4. A Baby in a Bore-well – India’s claim to shame — 8 comments
  5. Simply Steve – The end of an era — 8 comments

Author's posts listings

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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Oct 31

I Can’t Breathe by Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi has penned an essential, excoriating and evocative work that can be considered to be a pioneering effort in the realm of Social Sciences. On the 17th of July 2014, forty four year old Eric Garner was put in a choke-hold (a maneuver deemed to be illegal by the Police Department decades ago), by …

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Oct 26

Stieg Larsson: Our Days in Stockholm by Kurdo Baksi, Laurie Thompson (Translator)

In this touching tribute to his mentor, friend and ‘big brother’, Stieg Larsson, Kurdo Baksi, the Swedish social commentator and author lays bare his candid reminisces about a friendship that lasted a decade under the skies of Stockholm. The world needs no introduction to Stieg Larsson the author as exemplified by the roaring success of …

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Oct 21

Adults in the Room: My Battle with Europe’s Deep Establishment Yanis Varoufakis

Dazzling, Incendiary, Cynical and Diabolical, Yanis Varoufakis’ explosive memoir detailing his short sojourn as the Finance Minister of Greece during the period when his country was a roiling cauldron of financial ruin and political excesses, makes for some essential reading. “Adults in the Room: My Battle with Europe’s Deep Establishment” (“The Book”) pierces the veil …

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