I had heard of Amitav Ghosh because of his books “Sea of Poppies” and “The Glass Palace”. These are probably his more popular books. But “The Calcutta Chromosome” is the first book that I have read and I am glad that I read it. The book speaks for itself. You can expect nothing less from a Jnanpith award winner. The Calcutta Chromosome itself won the Arthur C Clarke award in 1997. I cannot recommend it enough.
Book Review: Domechild by Shiv Ramdas
Shiv Ramdas has carved a name for him in the Indian sci-fi genre. I enjoyed reading this book because this was a refreshing detour from the mythology and fantasy books dished out by Indian authors these days. I am sure that other readers would enjoy this book too!
Book Review: The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
No philosophical treatise worth its salt is ever a light read. And “The myth of Sisyphus” is particularly dark, considering this is one of the seminal explorations of Absurdism.
Review by: Deeparnak Bhowmick, India
Book Review: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
“The Fountainhead” is a masterpiece that can make one re-think one’s moral principles. The theme, the plot, the five characters, and their growth throughout along with Ayn Rand’s excellent writing craftsmanship make it a story that will remain with one forever.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5; Review by: Pratyasha Bhowal, Kolkata
Book Review: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant
We must always be prepared to make terms with Option B, when Option A seems to slip through fingers every moment, despite our tight grasp. According to Sandberg, certain aspects of life cannot be controlled, but resilience can show the path from despair to hope and give life a whole new purpose.
Book Review: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
This book is great for readers who are interested in a fast-paced action-packed novel. If you love nature, you will love the natural bent here. The author has also focused on how a group of people may act when they know that they can trust neither each other nor the basic things we take for granted such as the air around us.
Book Review: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a gripping detective novel where Agatha Christie, the Queen of Mystery, introduces Hercule Poirot, one of the most famous fictional detective characters, for the first time to her readers. The plot has multiple characters and plot twists that keep the reader glued to the book!
Book Review: 1984 by George Orwell
This book is a must-read for everyone, especially because of the times we live in. Technology makes it possible for the governments around the world to monitor what we think, say, or do. Bots are able to shape public opinions on a massive scale. The 140 and 280 character limits on social networking sites have damaged our capacity to think critically and empathise with others.
Book Review: The Judas Cypher by Greg Dragon
The book is a light read with good pacing. It has gunfights, sex, and drama. The city Tampa feels like San Francisco with a little bit of Cuba and Japan thrown into the mix. The environment, scenery, and protagonist totally give you the feel of Blade runner. Hence fans of this genre would totally love it.
Book Review: Deep Work by Cal Newport
“Deep Work” is a reminder by Cal Newport that we can live a more fulfilled life, a happier life, if only we started focusing, avoiding distractions.