Read these in the past two months. I don’t know if I’ll get to review them properly. Still, wanted to share a few words about them while the mind is drunk with a heady concoction of ideas and stories.
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
First of the trilogy. Exceptional. There’s original research on the poppy trade: how many of us knew that most of opium sold to China by the British came from India, how were workers transported in ships to foreign lands, the mingling of cultures and languages. Extraordinary tale.
The Imam and the Indian by Amitav Ghosh
Prose pieces. The one about the ghost of Mrs Gandhi is an essential reading for all Indians. So is his the eponymous essay about Ghosh’s Egyptian experience as a student.
The Name of The Rose by Umberto Eco
What a delight! A thriller, a call for freedom and enlightenment values, a historical work, a scholarly work on early architecture, a semiotics crash course… The book’s name is inconsequential and was chosen randomly.
Me and Kaminski by Daniel Kehlmann
Not one of Kehlmann’s best of works but still highly readable and quite funny.
The Dream by Gurbaksh Chahal (review copy)
Auto-biographical story of the young Indian-American entrepreneur who has made it big. Don’t remember how I received the review copy. Good read if you are an entrepreneur needing a little push.
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
Philosophy done right. Give it to all your young cousins, brothers and sisters. A real classic.
From Heaven Lake by Vikram Seth
Travel writing from one of world’s finest writers.