Bill Bryson’s ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’

Bill Bryson’s ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ is a fascinating read…. It amazed me in the same proportions as did Tim Flannery’s “Here on Earth”…… These books are beyond the small word ‘Wow’ for a non-science (nonsense) guy like me…. It catapults you to a whole different view of the world we live….. When…

I Think You’re Totally Wrong – A Quarrel

Reading a quarrel (they like calling it that way) between a professor and his former student regarding art and life by itself is an interesting theme. And when you have experienced a glimpse of that quarrel live in person the book becomes quite dear to you. David Shields is the author of fifteen books and Writer…

You Should Read Camus’ ‘The Stranger’ If you have not yet

I had not read Albert Camus before; but last week I got “The Stranger” from the library… a masterpiece on the Philosophy of the absurd… As we follow the title character ‘Meursault’ attending his mother’s funeral, committing a murder, standing trial and awaiting verdict we are made to think over and over again… about Life,…

The writer in every reader – Books, Blogs and Print on demand

The Publishing industry always had an attire that identified itself differently for the author and the reader…. What happened in recent years with the self-publishing and ‘publish on demand’ services coming up is that attire was removed…. In fact Publishing industry just got out of its shell and became accessible to a wider audience….. Readers…

Ellen DeGeneres’s new book “Seriously…. I am Kidding”

Reading Ellen DeGeneres’s book ‘seriously…..I am kidding.’ Interesting so far…funny…a few thought from the book (not necessarily the exact words) to give you a glimpse… ‘we are so addicted to stuff, we buy so much of it…why should there be so many different types of lotions…one for face, one for hand and another one for…

8 pieces of empire – Book Review

8 pieces of empire is a twenty year journey through the Soviet collapse. Written by Lawrence Scott Sheets who was the National Public Radio NPR’s Moscow bureau chief from 2001 to 2005. The book traces history of the region in the wake of the ten minute December 25th 1991 address that in his opinion made…

Marjorie Agosin and her Poems

I had the pleasure to read the poems of Marjorie Agosin, poet and Human Right Activist. When you read a varied set of subjects that pertain to your interests you often stumble upon something that sticks with you. Something that leave you wanting more and makes you think such that you are forced out of…

Islam Without Extremes – Book Review

Mustafa Akyol’s “ISLAM without Extremes” is a must read for every muslim and non-muslim. A relevant and important book for our times that takes you through the historical and political terrain on which many interpretations have been made. I hope this book will be followed by more strong voices from the liberal camp that will…