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Old February 6th, 2014, 09:32 AM
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5 books read on the top of your mind

Now, there was a lot of action going on in the books section, mostly inititated by Rakhiji, which kept going over my head. i thought, 'What does a gawar like me have to do here'. A cyber coolie, couch potato, family man, spirits lover, all in one seems to be away from books.

But it suddenly stuck me yesterday, "Hey, i was always not like that" So, describing in brief 5 books that i read and came on top of my mind.

1. Day of the Jackal by Fredrick Foresyth - Probably the most read one. does not need any introdction. - Read over 21 years back

2. Mating Season - A Wooster and Jeeves one by PG Wodehouse. the first PGW work i read. It was to actually improve my vocab and grammar, but the works were otherwise interesting, too.

3. India in Slow motion - By Mark Tully, a good view about all the things in India. an interesting part is about VP Singh and his brother. Read aboout 10 years back.

4. Fourth Protocol - Again by Fredrick Foresyth. A very slow beginning, the most amusing part was when he describes some physics rule for breaking a safe (40% from the hinge). This was also about 21 years back

5. India Unbound - by Gurcharan Das - Interesting one about how the economists of socialist India and the reforms. Read about 11 years back.


Not in the top 5, but some special mentions are -
- Starry nigths by Shobha De. Wow, what a masala novel. could not put it down once i started it.

- Freedom at midnight - Goes into Gandhi's Assasination in full detail. i think i read that part multiple times, ignoring others.

So, others can also open up their literary memories.
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Old February 6th, 2014, 09:48 AM
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Re: 5 books read on the top of your mind

Here's my list from a long time ago...

http://www.echarcha.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24757

I would add a few more books to the above list.

1. The Lessons of History - Will Durant and Ariel Durant

2. Gang Leader for a day - Sudhir Venkatesh
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Old February 6th, 2014, 10:21 AM
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The only book I read these days is the jeevani (autobiography) of param chewtiyaa param gandu baba muraareshwar ji maharaj.. nothing else for me.
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Re: 5 books read on the top of your mind

But.. I did read a book some time ago and wrote my views about it at another outlet.. (since I should not be mentioning sites I will not).. but here is the cut and paste..

The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.


I am convinced Arundhati roy books and especially this one, is responsible for more loser circle jerks than Playboy, Husler, Baywatch and Linux combined. This book, the god of small things, is about 3 generations of sexually frustrated females and the last of which has sexual fantacies involving her own twin brother. The book gives you a doses of headache, one page worth at a time, while giving you a confused understanding of a psychotic seriel killer, who does not use conventional tools for his trade, but instead writes pharagraphs of unrelated drivel and sexual fantacies that are so painful to read (because she uses clever words to disguise them). By half way through the book, I had enough pent up anger to actually want to fix her nipples in a carpenters vice and then cut them off with a band saw. You dont have to read even half way through to figure out that AR is some kind of profound sexual deviant. In every single page, something perversely wrong was said in an attempt to be funny. Either her husband is gay and she doesn't get any or she has gone gay and doesn't want any.

I am a speed reader and I really tried hard to go fast but the words that are in there slow you down so much and not because they are difficult to understand, but you are forced to pause every now and then to moderate the level of headache you are experiencing. I even lost my mind at some point in time cos I did not stop reading quickly enough. The story is loosely held by various happenings in and around the family but most of the context of this book is that Arundhati Roy is finding a way to glorify incest.. The plot being, humans invented religion so we know whom to love and how much to love with love in double quotation marks. The rest of the stuff is just fillers sometimes about kerala or sometimes about marxists and sometimes about pickles and she has gotten quite a few things wrong in the book. For example, Paravan/Parava are not untouchables it is PARAYAN and PARAYA.

Well I am not surprised at the mistakes as most of her research for this book seems to have come from the literary depths of of a whiskey bottle riseing up like a hot air baloon with insights from Mastram, Penthouse and Playboy letters . Inspired thus, she sets the base to describe her own pent up fantacies and puts you through a very long sesson of literary masturbation. This book should be used for one thing and only one thing and that is burn Arundhati Roy to death using it as fuel. But as an object lesson to other pretending to be classy porn err.. book writers, she should be hung to the ceiling fan of her house with her anus as the center mount point before burning her.

Here is the story for you. The twins have sex (yes indeed it is there) in the dieing moments of the story which all along is a bunch of build up for the supposedly lully teaser action in the end and their mom screws the "untouchable" (paravan) servant. That is all there is to the book.

If Me, Narci, Sany and Smelly teamed up, and with the blessings of babazi, decide to win a bookers prize or pulitzer or what ever, we would easily do it (win it) hands down every time we comeup with something that describes non pornographic stuff useing the words penis and **** and then describe a porn flick scene in vivid detail but yet be classy by using just something metaphoric. Most of these award guys think that an exotic book is one in which the author uses two words "c**t" and "penis" in a hetherto unheadof way and has various other methods to describe the deviant sexual acts. For example, In this book she writes something like.. 'She looks at her brother's naked body with admiration. Afterall he was eighteen minutes elder and had guided her way thorough their mother's cu.nt". See that is how you use that word in a non porn way..

Complete trash..
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Re: 5 books read on the top of your mind

1. Fountain Head takes the cake any day. (Ayn Rand)
2. The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)
3. too many favorites to write.
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Complete trash..
So, this trash is what comes to the top of your mind. Your description actually makes it look like a Shobha De Novel.
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3. too many favorites to write.
Of course, you seem to read as many books in a month that i read in a decade. but other than the 2 mentioned, what are the 3 top of the mind recalls.
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So, this trash is what comes to the top of your mind. Your description actually makes it look like a Shobha De Novel.
Yaar dono bangalan hai.. ek ich type ka to likhenge.
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Of course, you seem to read as many books in a month that i read in a decade. but other than the 2 mentioned, what are the 3 top of the mind recalls.
I loved all the John Rain books. One is realizing on 11thFeb. Can't wait!
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Another all time favorite is Jane Eyre.
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Here's my list...

1. Illusions - Richard Bach
2. Do me a favor, drop dead - JHC (and a whole bunch more)
3. Reilly's Luck - Louis L'amour (and a bunch more, including Sacketts' series)
4. Matarese Circle - Robert Ludlum
5. The White Tiger - Aravind Ariga (this could very well be our Tantiraucyogi pai)
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Here's my list...

1. Illusions - Richard Bach
2. Do me a favor, drop dead - JHC (and a whole bunch more)
3. Reilly's Luck - Louis L'amour (and a bunch more, including Sacketts' series)
4. Matarese Circle - Robert Ludlum
5. The White Tiger - Aravind Ariga (this could very well be our Tantiraucyogi pai)
i read 2 novels by Ludlum - Bourne identity and Holocraft Covenant. In both, i felt like i needed to write notes. There would be some place mentioned, and it would suddenly crop up again after 100 pages, and i was scratching my head to what it was.
i have just heard of Louis L'amour. Others just make me realize of my 'illiteracy' Not even know about these.
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Re: 5 books read on the top of your mind

Some of the books that come to mind:

1) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand: This one is at the top of my list at all times.

Others in no particular order:
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts: Incredible real life story of an Australian fugitive in the streets of Bombay. Its a long book (900+ pages), so if you are into it, get the audio book version. The audio narration is amazing and you'll look forward to your commute to work.
  • Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg: Don't like to read self improvement books, but made an exception for this based on reviews and didn't regret it.
  • Daemon by Daniel Suarez: If you work in IT and like sci-fi novels, this is a must read! I even read the two sequels to this book, but didn't like them as much as this one.
  • Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics by Levitt and Dubner: Got me interested in a subject that I used to find excruciatingly boring. Became a fan of the authors - follow their blog posts and podcasts as well.
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson: If, like me, you have slept through your science/history lessons in school or ratta maroed answers and regurgitated in exams, then this is a crash course in all the fascinating stuff you missed.
  • State of Fear by Michael Crichton: Wanna read an alternative viewpoint on global warming?
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Some of the books that come to mind:

1) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand: This one is at the top of my list at all times.

Others in no particular order:
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts: Incredible real life story of an Australian fugitive in the streets of Bombay. Its a long book (900+ pages), so if you are into it, get the audio book version. The audio narration is amazing and you'll look forward to your commute to work.
  • Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg: Don't like to read self improvement books, but made an exception for this based on reviews and didn't regret it.
  • Daemon by Daniel Suarez: If you work in IT and like sci-fi novels, this is a must read! I even read the two sequels to this book, but didn't like them as much as this one.
  • Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics by Levitt and Dubner: Got me interested in a subject that I used to find excruciatingly boring. Became a fan of the authors - follow their blog posts and podcasts as well.
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson: If, like me, you have slept through your science/history lessons in school or ratta maroed answers and regurgitated in exams, then this is a crash course in all the fascinating stuff you missed.
  • State of Fear by Michael Crichton: Wanna read an alternative viewpoint on global warming?
I liked Freakonomics ... there is a movie on netflix too.
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I liked Freakonomics ... there is a movie on netflix too.
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  • State of Fear by Michael Crichton: Wanna read an alternative viewpoint on global warming?
Ya but I don't think its true. Is it really possible to create artificial calamities (lightning etc) at such a large extent? It was an interesting read though. I also read Congo.
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