Half Yearly Book Reading Round Up for 2018 (Yes, there’s a mosaic)

Ladies and gents, if my performance appraisal at work were conducted on my book reading targets, I’d soon be winning all those “Employee of the Year” awards. Because I’d had such a great year of reading in 2017, I had actually been apprehensive of setting a target for book numbers to be read this year….

History through manga- Shigeru Mizuki’s Showa Japan

A while ago I had written about how I’d visited the Aquincum museum at Budapest and how impressed I was with their exhibition “Dark Spells at Aquincum” which brought the history and lore of curse tablets and other dark rituals from Ancient Roman times to the visitors in a simple and easy to understand and…

Brandon Sanderson stuns with Arcanum Unbounded

Somewhere tens of thousands of years ago, evolution took a leap and the human species achieved the ability to project and grasp abstract concepts. Although this is what allowed civilisation to flourish and that is a grand story, our ability to absorb abstractions also allowed us to develop our love for myths, stories and story…

Book store love- Borri Books, Rome

Rome is awesome. Therefore Rome’s central railway station- Roma Termini- is also awesome. The fact that Roma Termini has an amazing book store makes it just incredibly awesome. So much awesomess can only be found in Rome. Jokes aside, Borri Books at Roma Termini station is a pretty amazing book store. The bookstore is a…

It’s #worldbookday today

Time to talk about some books I’ve read in the last few weeks methinks. Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson Yes Kim Stanley Robinson, the science fiction author who talks about habitable planets and generational spaceships wrote a story set 30,000 years ago with a cro-magnon as a protagonist. And guess what? I loved it. This…

Mountains of the Mind

“Mountains are only contingencies of geology.” The first work I read by Robert Macfarlane was his essay about walking the Broomway. Reading it, I got the sense that this man could write about dragging a shopping cart from his doorstep to the end of the street and could still have people hooked to every word,…

Some recent reads

Truth be said, I read far fewer books in March than I did in January. This is because of a combination of being away from base, being busy at work and simply reading books slower. However, over the last couple of months, I did manage to read a few interesting books. After I finished some…

The Wander

In Kim Stanley Robinson’s ‘2312’ humans have colonised a bevy of planets and satellites in the solar system. Even Mercury, despite its proximity to the sun, has a satellite city on wheels that slowly moves in pace with the rotation of the planet so that it is always out of the brunt of direct sunlight….

Meditations on Geology: Earth by Richard Fortey

Once upon a time, I wanted to specialise in geology and/ or remote sensing. Like a few other things in my life this did not come to pass.  Reading ‘The Earth: An Intimate History’ by Richard Fortey (my 8th book of 2018) reminded  me of the time when I seriously considered a career in geography….

Another weekend, Sun & Mercury

Another working week is done. At times it feels like the weeks are passing us by at the speed of light. It is almost the end of January. Wasn’t it just Christmas eve or something? It’s nice and cool here in Dubai but summer will soon be here and then like all those sun walkers…