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Book Review: If Today Be Sweet

Friday, January 1st, 2010 No Comments
Title: If Today be Sweet Author: Thrity Umrigar The story is about a Parsi family. The son (Sorab) immigrated to the US after coming to the US as a graduate student. He later marries an American (Caucasian) and settles down in the mid-west.  His mother (Tehmina Sethna) visits the US after her husband's demise and has to grapple with the decision of where to spend the rest of her life.  She could go back to Mumbai and live by herself or chose ...

Marrying Anita: A Quest for Love in the New India

Thursday, December 10th, 2009 No Comments
Title: Marrying Anita: A Quest for Love in the New India Author: Anita Jain The author is a journalist who relocates to India partly with the objective of finding a husband!  The book is a memoir of her experiences in India and mostly focused on her relationships. Despite the book having no conventional story as as such, it is engaging and interesting. The book captures the more culturally progressive social scene in India particularly among the younger generation.  She brings to light ...

Book Review: 2 States – The story of my marriage

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 No Comments
Title: 2 States - The Story of my marriage Author: Chetan Bhagat Ok, I read yet another book written by Chetan Bhagat :-) This book is based on the coming together and the eventual wedding between a Punjabi boy and a Tamilian girl. The bulk of the book is on the clash of cultures between the Punjabis and the Tamil Brahmins.  The book is a fast read, a sure page-turner, ideal for a long flight, and has all the makings of an ...

Book Review: The Three Mistakes of my Life

Monday, September 7th, 2009 2 Comments
Title: The Three Mistakes of my Life Author: Chetan Bhagat Chetan Bhagat seems to be churning out novels on an assembly line. Everytime I visit India and browse through an airport bookstore I seem to run into one of his novels. His novels are made for travel -- relatively short, nominally priced, and perfect for on flight reading. It appears that he has found his sweet spot so to speak in the world of fiction writing! I found his first book to ...

Book about "Afterlife"

Thursday, July 9th, 2009 No Comments
Read a review of the book "SUM: Forty Tales from the Afterlives" in the Mercury News. David Eagleman shows in his new book, "Sum," very entertaining, too. The author, a neuroscientist with literary leanings, has set out a series of possibilities for the afterlife, described in 40 vignettes, each of which presents a different explanation of who God is and why he or she (or, in some cases, they) chose to create us and what might be planned for us on ...

Book Review: The Last Lecture

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 No Comments
Title: The Last Lecture Author: Prof. Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow If you have never heard of Prof. Randy Pausch a good place to start is here. He died of pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008 after battling the disease for over a year and a half. This book is based mostly on his lecture at CMU (where he was a Prof.) and was written along with Jeffrey Zaslow of the WSJ. The book follows the lecture for the most part except ...

Book Review: Confessions of an Economic Hitman

Monday, January 28th, 2008 No Comments
Title: Confessions of an Economic HitmanAuthor: John PerkinsThe author worked for several years for consulting firms that encourage under developed (and developing) countries to accept large loans from the World Bank (and other similar institutions that provide financial aid) for large projects with the basic intent of eventually controlling the local governments and their policies to serve the needs of American Corporations. He calls it "corporatocracy"."Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out ...

Book Review: India's Politics

Saturday, January 5th, 2008 No Comments
Title: India's Politics -- A View From The BackbenchAuthor: Dr. Bimal JalanThe author was the former head of Reserve Bank and then went on to become a Rajya Sabha MP.The underlying theme of the book is that coalition Governments at the center are here to stay. This trend brings with it its own set of issues and if not addressed soon enough could result in further deterioration of the political system as whole and hurt the country and its standing ...

Book Review: No God in Sight

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 No Comments
Title: No God in SightAuthor: Altaf TyrewalaThe author deserves credit for taking an interesting approach -- Each chapter is written in the first person for a different character in the story. All characters in the book are based in Mumbai and it is a good reflection of the variety of people in the city and their daily lives.The book starts promisingly but unfortunately, it does not quite come together in the end. This was rather disappointing. The title of ...

New Book: India Arriving

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 No Comments
A new book, titled India Arriving, has just been released. It is authored by Dr. Rafiq Dossani, Sr. Research Scholar,Stanford University.You can read a sample chapter (which looks interesting) and order the book. I haven't read it as yet but hope to read it some time in the near future.