book review

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Poet Robot – An introduction to E. I. Wong – My review

The Robot is quite poetic. Do not be baffled though, if you think that the various pieces in the book are written by very different individuals. As the back cover of the book helpfully explains, there are many E.I.Wongs and you can make a pretty good game out of it, like I did, by trying … Continue reading

The Jesus Wars – My review

This isn’t a book for the lay reader. If you’re looking for a thriller filled with blood and gore, with schemes and machinations galore, this isn’t the book for you. What it is, instead, is a very deep, very erudite, very skilful dissection of the internal politics of the Christian world as it came to … Continue reading

The First Spring – my (very long) review

It is difficult, when writing history, to stay distant from one’s own prejudices, our pet ideas, our personal viewpoints. This, of course, makes history organic and imbues it with a life that the sciences do not have. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why history never can become a science (which is a little ironic, … Continue reading

Agent Garbo – my review

It’s a tough act to pull off. To strike a perfect balance, especially when writing a biography. What do you keep and what do you discard? How far do you go and where do you stop? These are difficult questions to answer, so when an author manages to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the … Continue reading

The Invention of God – My review

It gets one star for one chapter that is plausible; at least it seems so after wading through the rest! I started this book with high hope. I had interacted with the author on FB and I thought I was in for an in-depth study of how geologic phenomena influenced and shaped nascent human comprehension … Continue reading

A Universe From Nothing: Why There is Something rather than Nothing – My Review

The author fails to explain his central thesis, which is how he perhaps succeeds. Once you read this book you might appreciate the quirky wit in the opening sentence, and see how inevitable it truly is. If you can wrap your head around that preamble, go ahead and read this book. Be warned, this is … Continue reading

The Mahabharat Quest : The Alexander Secret – My review

Here’s a link to this book review. I haven’t done these in a long while….

Mussourie and Landour – Days of wine and roses — My review

Just a small review on goodreads.com… Here’s the link.

Sahibs Who Loved India – My review

I bought this book with a very different concept from what the book actually is in mind. I thought it would be excerpts and essays from prominent British administrators who ruled this land and fell in love with it. Maybe some 19th century Governor-General or Pre-Curzon Viceroy or some Aide-de-camp who was enamoured of the … Continue reading

The First Muslim – my Review

I had my doubts as to whether I should review a book on such a sensitive topic, but seeing as how the author wrote an entire volume on it, I thought I owed the attempt at least this much.  The book is, in a nutshell, an admirable effort, notwithstanding its few shortcomings. Good things … Continue reading