Recent Reads

This is not a critical appreciation or a book review. It’s just a list of books that I’m reading and my perception after reading them fully or partially.

Second Degree – One crazy year at IIM-APrashant John
Entertaining, subtly humorous and well written. An insider’s account of what actually happens at IIM-A. That the new IIM-A building is adjacent to our office, makes it more interesting for me. The book has lots of references to this building.

The ProfessionalSubrato Bagchi
All professionals and non-professionals should read it. A professional is not simply one who is Professionally qualified. The book is interesting, gripping and thought-provoking. I found it more interesting than popular Fiction.

Two StatesChetan Bhagat
Entertaining. Not high on literary value, the book sure is unputdownable. The situations are witty and you can’t stop laughing out loudly.

Rain in The MountainsRuskin bond
Not a book to be read in one sitting. The narrative inspires you to be a writer. The book tells about the author’s life in the mountains – its people, nature, roads, birds and of course the rain.

My India, Jungle lore, TreetopsJim corbett
I’ve not come across a narrative so beautiful about India – her people, customs and beliefs. Jim Corbett is remembered as a wild life conservationist. More than that, I feel his writings show his character, his love for India & Indians and of-course his understanding of nature and wild-life. A very interesting book and a must read.

NamesakeJhumpa Lahiri
Nice emotional portrayal of characters. We all pass through similar phases in life. People who are the closest and whom you love the most cause the gravest sorrows. Bengali readers will find the narrative even more fascinating as the storyline is from a Bengali protagonist’s point of view.

One night at the call centreChetan Bhagat
Witty and conversational. Can be read in a single or a few sittings. Would recommend to borrow, read, return and forget.

The white TigerArvinda Adiga
It surely has a literary value and must have impressed the judges at Man Booker. It’s well written and fast paced. For me, it was gripping and did not want to leave it without completing. But in the end, it did not leave good feelings on me as an Indian. It leaves a sense of frustration and helplessness on you. So, from the author’s point of view the mission is accomplished.

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