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On my bookshelf

Despite all my attempts not to buy anymore books, I landed up with five more. This time the book shop came to the office campus. With discounts. Now how can anyone resist a good bargain? Picked up Afterwards (Jaishree Misra), River Dog: A Journey Down the Brahmaputra (Mark Shand), Yadav: A Roadside Love Story (Jill Lowe), 52 Weekend Breaks from Bangalore and a city road map. I recently finished Ancient Promises by Jaishree Misra and loved the book. She writes evocatively about falling in love when she is seventeen, getting into an arranged marriage at 18, reuniting with her first love many years later, separated from her mentally challenged daughter for a year, going off to England to study and then coming back to India. The novel is set in Delhi, Kerala and then England and is auto-biographical in nature. While reading it I got the feeling that the writer had gone through the experiences herself and only read afterwards that most of the incidents had happened in her life. If you happen to come …

Bookaholics delight!

Found a really cool lending library with a pretty good collection where you can book online and get delivery at your doorstep (for a small price, but very worth it). I’ve been trying to find a library since I got here so I am thrilled to bits! It’s a nice concept and this is the first time I’ve actually come across a library making use of the Net so extensively. If you’re in Bangalore, and like reading, it’s worth trying.

Book reviews

Have you ready any good tech/IT/human resources or general management books lately? Anything worth sharing with others? I need a review of about 3-4 paras. Please get in touch me with me if you’d like to share a review. It’s for a IT recruitment site that I look after right now. It will be credited to you if published. I’d like to work out some sort of payment, possibly in the future 🙂 The book should be available in India. Watched ‘God Only Knows!’ last week for a review. It was strictly okay. The verdict: Forget Bharat Dabholkar, I doubt even God knows why this movie was made. The fat cat is coming to town this year. This is one movie that I am not going to miss. And regarding this, what can I say, but ‘about time, fellas’…

The big read

The top 100 from BBC’s search for UK’s best-loved novel. Of course, we Indians will have a totally different list, but since we don’t as of now, here it is: 1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien 2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen 3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman 4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams 5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling 6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee 7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne 8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell 9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis 10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë 11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller 12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë 13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks 14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier 15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger 16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame 17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens 18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott 19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres 20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy 21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell 22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK …