29 December, 2012

A P J Abdul Kalam - Wings of Fire

My scientist friend Jomy Joseph told me about this book first. For him, it was the most inspirational book ever read and he keeps a copy with him always, even on his travel abroad,  along with his bible! I heard similar stories from others too. That's how I read it this book for the first time, it was a few years back. Now when I picked it again, I found the content and meaning of this book in a new level, new light... And the book still at it best in inspiration...

23 December, 2012

എം ടി - രണ്ടാമൂഴം

എല്ലാവരും വളരെ നല്ലത് എന്നു പറയുന്ന പുസ്തകങ്ങള്‍ ഞാന്‍ പരമാവധി ഒഴിവാക്കാറുണ്ട്. എനിക്ക് മനസ്സിലാവാത്ത എന്തെങ്കിലും കാരണം കൊണ്ടാകും അവ നന്നാവാറു എന്നത് തന്നെ കാരണം. രണ്ടാമൂഴം എന്റെ ശേഖരത്തിന് മുതല്‍ക്കൂട്ടാവട്ടെ എന്ന് കരുതിയാണ് വാങ്ങാന്‍ അച്ഛനോട് പറഞ്ഞതും. ആദ്യത്തെ അദ്ധ്യായം വായിച്ചപ്പോള്‍ ഇത് ഭംഗിക്ക്‌ വക്കാന്‍ ഉള്ളത് തന്നെ എന്ന് തീര്‍ച്ചപ്പെടുത്തി ഞാന്‍! പക്ഷെ, രണ്ടാമത്തെ അദ്ധ്യായം വായിച്ചു തുടങ്ങിയപ്പോള്‍ ഒന്നെനിക്ക് മനസ്സിലായി, ഇത് വായിക്കാതെ കീഴെ വക്കാന്‍ ആവില്ല!!! മാത്രമല്ല, ഈ കഥ ഇതില്‍ കൂടുതല്‍ ലളിതമായി പറയാനും ആവില്ല!

20 July, 2012

R K Narayan - Malgudi Days

When I saw Malgudi Days on Flipkart's special offer rack, I didn't think twice to order it. I was not aware of the content but heard a lot about it and the TV series based on it, and whatever I heard was good. It was light hearted innocent stories, as promised, but did I like it... I will say - in parts.

01 May, 2012

Jeffrey Archer - The Sins Of The Father

I was angry with Jeffrey Archer to finish the first book of The Clifton Chronicles, Only Time Will Tell so abruptly. It was like stopped in mid-sentence, not knowing where it ends or where it leads. And this one, the second offering - it takes the ending to a new level, a totally brutal one. It is not mid-sentence, it is in mid-trial the book ends ! Literally. 

07 April, 2012

Arnab Ray - May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss

A hilarious look at India of '90's and the frustration of middle class in general - that is what the book promised.  The author's note say the only one who is going to get entertained or profited is him! He respectfully pities his readers ;) I respect him for his  frankness here... In fact he was true to it, the book was totally waste of time. Pay for the book - don't even think about it...

12 February, 2012

Ayn Rand - The Fountainhead

After finishing By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept, I was checking with my friends what to pick up next.Some  suggested Ayn Rand, thinking I am a fan of philosophical reading. Few ardent fan of her writing, while others not very impressed with it. Then I enquired with my trusted expert Prajkta about this ( I know this name frequents here, but being my original Book Buddy, it is ok ;) ).She was kind of delighted hearing the name. Sure, she had it and she gave it to me with an offer - if I finish the book and liked it, I can keep it !!! The book was with her for quite some time ( gifted by her hard-core Ayn Rand fan sister ), but she never was able to read it more than 10 pages!