Looking for a holiday gift? 2017’s best books lists are here

It’s December. Probably one of the most anticipated months of the year- right up there with the balmy/ scorching summers of July and August (at least in Europe). But December has an edge over the summer months because it’s that time of the year when we all indulge ourselves a little bit and tell ourselves…

Status Update

So we are in October. To those like me who still feel like we were at the New Year’s fireworks party yesterday, wake up! 9 months of the year are already done and we are heading into the last 3 laps of 2017. I was having a chat with a colleague of mine the other…

On Augustus

If you go into google and start typing “Augustus whe..” the search engine helpfully prompts with “Augustus where are my legions”. Indeed the online world of Roman memes is littered mainly with two major types of Augustan memes- one centered around Augustus’ claim of having found Rome a city of bricks and having left it…

The 42 books I read in 2016

I must confess- putting together my annual book mosaic has been one of the biggest reasons I’ve been looking forward to the New Year. What started as a whim in 2013 is now in its fourth and (possibly) best to date year! You can check the earlier editions for 2013,2014 and 2015 on my blog….

Book No 2 of 2016

The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy Google Wildings on the internet and you get a lot of Game of Thrones hits but I’m really not talking about those wildings. I’m talking about a book about cats – that’s right. A book I had purchased at least a couple of years ago and finally only managed to…

First Book of 2016

Ashoka: The Search for India’s Lost Emperor, Charles Allen If you were a kid growing up going to Indian schools in the 80s and early 90s (and even maybe today- I don’t know how much the textbooks have changed) you came across a few standard names in ancient Indian history. In no particular order- Alexander…

The Annual Book Mosaic 2015

First, a very happy New Year to all my readers! Starting in 2014, I started publishing a book mosaic of all the books I had read the previous year. You can see the books I read in 2013 and in 2014. This has now become an annual tradition and I now present to you the…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Today Was a Good Day

Of late the only posts I seem to be uploading on my blog are those of the weekly photo challenges. It’s not because of any lack of interest in writing but more because I’ve been caught up with something that leaves me with very little time and energy to work on the blog. This week’s…

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

One of the resolutions I made during the New Year relating to book reading was that I would avoid buying new books as much as possible focusing as much as possible on “busting the backlog”. So I clearly broke that rule when I bought “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” on my Kindle (why does…

W for Writers & their works

Ideas are the most powerful tools of change and progress in the world and often enough it’s writers who plant the seeds for these ideas. The pen has always been mightier than the sword. What the knife can never achieve through force, the pen can achieve through persuasion and debate. Of course it’s never just…

The Fall of Carthage: Adrian Goldsworthy

It is such an interesting and yet impossible activity: to imagine how much different a place this world would be had something that occurred in the past been different. We love thinking of those tipping points when fate or destiny or luck or whatever force that flows through time made one thing happen or the…

The 2014 Book Mosaic

The one resolution that I remember having made last year for myself was to read 52 books over the year. Imagine my dismay then when around the 2nd week of December I realised I was still in the paltry mid-20s. Over the next few days I began reading books like I was possessed. There is…