Book Reviews

Books That Make You Think

Books That Make You Think

Over the years, I’ve read thousands of books.

Some shaped my thoughts and views, opinions and feelings – including novels like Margaret Mitchell‘s ‘Gone With The Wind

Gone With The Wind

And Mario Puzo‘s ‘The Godfather‘ which made a huge impact.

For decades, I could quote even lengthy passages verbatim from the book.

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

 

“Every man has but one destiny.”

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Book Review: Ponniyin Selvan

Ponniyin Selvan

Slowly – very slowly – I’m coming out from under the ether.

After 10 magical days.

Where was I?

Transported into the past, a thousand years back. To the glamorous, glorious Chola period of Thamizhagam, in a narrative about the prince popularly known as ‘Ponniyin Selvan’.

  • And so, I missed writing deadlines.
  • Set my book launch on autopilot.
  • Left even important work pending.
  • Put off tasks for later – and then hurriedly finished them.

Just so that I could go back to reading this lovely book.

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Book Review – The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

The Silk Roads - A New History of the World

I’ve enjoyed books like Martin Gilbert’s “History of the Twentieth Century” and J.M.Robert’s “History of Europe“, that portray a conventional account of how Europe evolved over centuries.

In all of these narratives, the Byzantine empire and Constantinople seemed to me, somehow, to be kept peripheral. At the edge of the canvas. Being important, yet not taking center-stage.

But in Peter Frankopan‘s book “The Silk Roads“, all of this changes.

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Book Review – The 1,000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford

1000 year old boy

The fountain of youth. The Holy Grail. Xanadu. Eternal youth.

Immortality.

It’s a day-dream that has fuelled many an idle holiday hour or long ride over the years. I’m sure you, too, have wistfully thought of a future that stretches out forever, with time passing you by.

But if you did extend that fantasy out, not to eternity, perhaps, but just, say, a thousand years

What would you see?

That’s the intriguing premise behind the book I’ve just finished reading. It’s called “The 1,000 Year Old Boy” by Ross Welford.

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Book Review: The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion

All Girls Filling Station

I have a rule of thumb about reading strategies.

If a book makes me laugh out loud thrice in the first ten pages, I read it. And that’s how I came to read one of Fannie Flagg‘s with the rather unusual title: “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion

It’s a story founded on an intriguing premise:

What if, late in life, you suddenly discover that you’re not who you thought you were all these years?

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