Saturday, 30 January 2010

Recent Reads

A short review on my recent reads..

Though i am not a fan of Gandhi, i wanted to read this to see what the Father of our Nation has to say. A better title for this book would have been 'My Experiments with India and its people'. The autobiography goes till 1921 after which Gandhi says

'My life from this point onward has been so public that there is hardly anything about it that people do not know'

If only he had to write, i wonder if he would have ever talked about these unknown experiments.

I guess this is the authors d├ębut novel. Salmon Fishing comes with a simple story with an unorthodox narration. Refreshing and interesting light read. Give it a try, you may not regret :)

The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown:
Would recommend to read Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons again if you are a dire Dan fan.

I could easily call this as a multi-fold Ponniyin Selvan happening in the middle earth with the wizards and Hobbit. Undoubtedly one of the best i have read.

The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and those who are going to read them - Sunday Times .

One of the most complex book i have ever managed to complete till date, the others being Fountain Head and Satanic Verses.
Though its was very to tough to comprehend, i liked this book more than i thought i would. A very different read. Would recommend for those who like to explore different genres of writing.

An excellent adaptation of Mahabaratha with the Indian Historians as its characters (see Wiki chart). Read this for its sarcasm and its take on Indian History. If only Tharoor knew that he would join the Kaurava party at some point of time, i doubt if he would have ever written this book.An interesting read about Indian History on a different light.

Not too many twists or surprises. Neither too good nor too bad from the first time novelist.


bharat said...

"multi-fold Ponniyin Selvan happening in the middle earth "

Machi - kalakkitta :P

Naanthaanga said...

hahah :)

Naanthaanga said...

The percentage of people who have read both Ponniyin Selvan and LOTR will be very less i think. So not too many would question my comparison :P