Q1 book reading round-up

Now, now.. I know you’re thinking if this isn’t a bit too much. After all, I first started with what was an annual feature with my book reading mosaic and then last year for the first time I created a half yearly one and this time I’m doing one for the first quarter. One reason…

Endurance

In the 1969 epic science-fiction work ‘Left Hand of Darkness’, written by Ursula K Le Guin, the protagonist, Genly Ai and one of the other main characters, pass through a treacherous passage of ice to cross a territorial boundary that they could get through overland. For over 80 days the two traverse an impossible territory,…

Moon, Red Moon

I took this photo of the moon last week and it was actually a first for me to capture photos of the moon with my camera mounted on a tripod. I normally rely on my camera’s inbuilt stablisation software to rescue my moon shots. And if you think that is crazy there are people who…

From haplogroups to Harappa: Ancient Indians by Tony Joseph

In these times of divisive and extreme discourse, any study that reinforces the fact that human beings anywhere in the world have more that is common between them than different needs to be lauded.¬†After all, if you dig deep enough through the mists of time, we can find an ancestor, a mitochondrial eve, a woman…

Audiobooks: I’m hooked

Most people have very strong preferences about how they read books. A majority of the people I have spoken to say they love to hold a book, feel the heft of it in their hands and take in its smell (of course they may feel less strongly when trying to hold an 800 page hardcover…

Book #1 of 2019, The Overstory by Richard Powers

In his bestselling book “Collapse”, Jared Diamond, when talking about the history of human settlement in Easter Island, wonders what went through the mind(s) of the person/ people as they cut down the last tree on the (now barren)island. He outlines a horrific tale of humans mindlessly cutting trees for agriculture in what was once…

A gift idea for bibliophiles

Anybody who knows me won’t be surprised when I say that I subscribed to what looked like a really interesting podcast nearly 6 months ago and only yesterday finally landed up listening to an episode from this podcast. The surprise is that I even listened to one episode. Unlike physical books, I feel no guilt…

Have you heard? (The Best Books Lists of 2018 are here)

We’re on the penultimate week of this year and that can only mean one thing. It’s time for the Best Books of 2018 list. From about mid-December every year, a number of publications come out with their list of the best books of the previous year. It’s a great way to jog people’s memories and…

A classical book binge

I recently read three excellent books on antiquity. Although it was unintentional, the three books roughly fit into a broad chronological pattern (which I read in reverse order going from the most recent back to the past). The first book was “Carthage Must Be Destroyed” by Richard Miles. Although the title makes it look like…