Showing posts from 2015

The Martian - mini review

The Martian by Andy Weir
Started on Kindle, move to Audible after a couple of chapters based on some recommendations, and really happy that I did. The narrator, R C Bray, is great and really brings the book to life. Most of the technical stuff would not have held my attention if I was just reading it, I'm sure I would have skipped over a lot of it. Probably also because I was a captive audience as I mostly listened to it during my daily commute and so, listening to the book was pretty much the only thing my mind was involved in.
I like the concept, a new twist to the Castaway tale. The story was well-paced (which must have been a struggle given how we were learning about things at Mars and earth at the same time), and the author did a great job giving us enough about all the secondary characters. Just enough so we care, not too much to avoid taking away from the main story - which was the struggle of Mark Watney. I found it interesting that he chose not to talk about friends/family …

"Yes Please" - mini review

Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Disclaimers first - big fan of Amy Poehler so bound to be biased in favour of any of her work, have given an extra star here simply because she's the author :)

I've been trying Audible books for a short time now, and this is one of the first books I chose primarily because Amy herself had narrated the Audible version. Having listened to the book now, I feel vindicated. The book is mostly in first person and it really adds a lot to have Amy talk to you about the stories, rather than you reading the book. It helps a great deal in understanding the tone and the message, and keeps you engaged.

To say that Amy's life story is inspiring somehow seem pretentious to me (though her life-stort absolutely is inspiring) given how she talks about here philosophy "Good for you, not for me". This book, though inspiring, is just Amy sharing her story and pontificating on what she thinks worked for her (and sometimes, what did not). It stays far away from b…

Point of View

He's likely unaware he's being clicked, which adds to the photo.

The ferocity of friendship and the terrible speed of loss

Saw Furious 7 last week, chanced upon this review today. This is how it ends... The final moments, when Mr. Walker’s longtime colleagues say their farewells while he still appears to be on screen with them, are both awkward and moving. They remind you what these movies have always been about, underneath all the noise and the bravado: the ferocity of friendship and the terrible speed of loss.So apt.

Yatrik - mini review

Yatrik: The Traveller by Arnab Ray
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started on this book during a plane ride, and was somewhat unhappy that the plane was on time - since that meant I had to get away from the book for a while.

You could probably divide the book into three logical parts, and it kept getting better as you moved from one part to the next. Even if you account for the limitation of needing to set up the story, the first part of the book wasn't really as taut as I would have liked. You would need to stick with the book and not give up (which I think most will do given the credentials of Arnab), and you shall be duly rewarded.

Though it's fiction, the book makes you think and reflect at some points (especially towards the end), and you could learn a thing or two about yourself depending on how deeply you end up introspecting. It is difficult to stay spoiler free while trying to explain what the author did well - so I will not try. But this was well worth my time and money.

I wo…

Playing it God's way

Playing It My Way: My Autobiography by Sachin Tendulkar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well I'm not really equipped to give an unbiased view when it comes to Sachin Tendulkar :-)

That said, the non-cricketing pieces of the book are far more engaging and revealing than the cricketing pieces. This is probably also because Sachin fans would know most of the cricketing stories presented here anyways. If you've grown up watching Sachin, there's no way you should miss this book.

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Waiter, There’s A Question In My Soup!

Ashish Shakya (Facebook, Twitter) has a blog that's been on my reading list for a while. It's generally good stuff, and I quite like this week's piece.
Money quote: Why dont you make fun of That Religion Which You Refuse To Name In This Column?We do, but your bias prevents you from noticing it. But I agree that we tip-toe around it more than we tip-toe around other religions. Because we’re too afraid, too broke to afford bodyguards, and too irrelevant to be granted asylum in countries that do not kill you for having an opinion. But is that what you want to become? If you say you’re better, then prove it by not turning me into sheesh kabab every time I make a joke.