The Proust Questionnaire – A Personal Effort

 I finally steeled myself in taking a stab at the much renowned, revered and referred “Proust Questionnaire”. Suffice it to say the experience was extremely enervating while simultaneously lending an electric sense of excitement. I have attempted to be as candid and transparent as my conscience would permit. So here goes!  1.What is your idea …

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WHY DO I WRITE WHEN I AM DRUNK?

I always try setting out random thoughts on paper after ingesting a couple (or more) swigs of high quality alcohol. The mind is not (yet) impaired by the beast of inebriation but is just alert but carefree enough to perpetrate a flow of feelings and induce a rich vein of emotions that reek of uncanny …

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The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal

In this where A.J.Cronin-meets-Sebastian Faulks-meets-Atul Gawande, Ms.Maylis De Kerangal reaches her apogee of narration and imagination. This is a book which will poleaxe, pummel and pulverise you and yet leaving you craving for more once the covers have come down. Easily one of the best books to have been published in 2017, “The Heart” is …

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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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10 Literary Discoveries of 2017

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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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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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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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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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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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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