Friday, April 26, 2013

10 books to read before the end of the world

According to this article.

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
I haven't read it.  My son has though.  Maybe I'll get started on it.

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Read this one way back in Grade 9 or 10.  I don't remember anything much about it.  My son wants to read it.  So I guess I'll re-read it now.

Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
I read this in in Grade 9 too, immediately after "Animal Farm".  At that time I didn't quite understand what a satire was, let alone concepts of dictatorship or communism or socialism.  Back to my son (see the theme emerging?) - I'll get his copy and re-read.

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
Another one in the science-fiction genre though some critics laud it as a "coming of age" story. Somehow the synopsis doesn't appeal to me.

Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
Ha!  You guessed it.  My son had this book for his English and hated it.  Mom's genes go into their offspring, something tells me I wont like it either.

Neuromancer, William Gibson
Pretty interesting tale.

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

I found many of Bradbury's woks to be kind of sadistic, so I have always been hesitant of reaching out for this one.
The Time Machine, HG Wells
I love the concept of time travel.  That's the only thing that was attractive about this one.
Divergent, Veronica Roth
Never even heard of this.
The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
I prefer other Atwood books.  But to give credit where due - her writing skills are truly superb.

Which ones on this list have you read?  Did you like them?

Monday, April 22, 2013


I used to know a polite girl who never failed to thank me for anything I did for her, no matter how trivial.  Then as it happens we parted ways, but since I kept in touch with the family I heard occasional snippets about what she was doing.

Then one fine morning when randomly perusing the news I came across this article:

Way to go Gauri for your sensitive portrayal that will tug at the heart strings and remind us that as citizens of the world we all need to stand united and do our bit to fight this nasty, brutal, ugly thing of terrorism.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Full Disclosure

Was re-reading some old books...

The first thing that comes up when talking about Michael Cricthon's "Disclosure" is sexual harassment, in particular, the sexual harassment of a man by a woman.

Fair enough, but to me I find the book is actually a really good mystery story.  As Sanders (the protagonist) is advised throughout the book "Solve the problem."

I liked the movie too.  This is one case where the movie does not disappoint.  I did see the Hindi version "Aeitraaz" too - with Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor.  Actually it wasn't too bad - only wish they hadn't gone the "utmost devoted loyal wife who will lie on burning coals for her husband" route.

Disclosure - Revenge is Sweet and best served cold...