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Today's Power Quote

Consider yourself dead that
you have completed your
life up to the present time;
then start living as though
your life has been gifted to
you again.

- Ruskin Bond

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

BOOKS ON THE STREET


It seems that people stopped visiting bookstores which might have driven  publishers to go to pavements  to attract crowds directly.

This is a pleasing scene for me.  I think the book-sales have started in  mass scale, especially in the capital city.

The image you are seeing above, was captured by my mobile camera - Samsung E7 - some days ago which is just outside Moolchand Metro station, South Delhi.  The books were carefully chosen best-sellers neatly decorated on a raised platform attracting the educated commuters.

Friday, September 25, 2015

A BOOK REVIEW : LIGHT FROM MANY LAMPS

Great lives give great inspiration. If wisdom of ages is properly archived, it would definitely help to succeeding generations. The book 'Light from many Lamps, edited by Lillian Eichler Watson' is a perfect blend of wisdom of East and West. It is a storehouse of inspiring quotes with caricature of world’s renowned personalities.

This book is a result of long labour by Watson in culling out the wisdom of past centuries. As the cover flap truly suggests, it is a book of infinite richness and abiding values.

This book is not meant for casual reading. It is a book which you have to come back and forth from time to time, sometimes to endure your sufferings and some other times to lift your spirits. Reading this prose will change the trajectory of your thought. The starting page itself is a minefield of timeless wisdom into simple questions like "Who is a wise man. In reply, Talmud says that ' He who learns of all men'. The contents of this book broadly divided into interesting chapters like 'Happiness and Enjoyment of living'  click here to read further

GITANJALI - POETRY AT ITS BEST

It is exactly over a century ago in November, 1913, a man with flowing beard and sweeping robes of India brought the first Nobel prize for his masterly work Gitanjali (Song offerings) which is nothing but loose translations of his Bengali poems.

Rabindranath Tagore is a multi-facet personality of 20th century. He is a poet, novelist, playwright, painter, essayist and music composer. He is the first non-European to get the award in literature. His poetry stands apart from mainstream poets of English world of his times. His open minded reasoning is a celebration of human freedom. Humanism and universalism are the underlying threads of all his literary works.

Gitanjali is a culmination of his accumulated wisdom. This child prodigy churned out his first verse when he was 13.

Gitanjali is a timeless classic that centers on man’s inner exploration. It is a spiritual poetry of 103 beautifully weaved verses in orderly fashion. Through his work, Tagore shows the path towards the ultimate freedom. click here to read further

FORGOTTEN CLASSIC

Folk wisdom demands to offer a book review only for new books being published. But sometimes an exception needs to be drawn to some timeless classics.

Dr. Alexis Carrel's book "Man the Unknown' falls under this category. It is a book that delves deep into understanding complex human system. This book is one of the three favorite books of Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, the former President of India who mentioned this fact in his latest book 'My Journey - Transforming Dreams into Actions (published in 2013). In Dr.Kalam's own words, the book is a description of the human body - how it is an intelligent, integrated system - is explained clearly and brilliantly. He recommends the book for everyone, especially for those whose aim is to study the medical sciences.

Dr. Alexis Carrel is a Nobel laureate in Physiology/ Medicine in 1912. He spent his life promoting spiritualism. When this book was published in 1935, it became best seller instantly because he
cleverly separated the known from the unknown. What he  click here to read further


BOOK REVIEW : THE UNIVERSE INSIDE YOU by BRIAN CLEGG

Book : The Universe inside you
When you update yourself with latest scientific developments, you get a jaw-dropping revelations which slide you into more astonishment. Nobel laureate Max Planck once said that science can't solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve. But that can't stop us from doing scientific research which is taking us to new frontiers.


The book "The Universe inside you' by Brian Clegg is such a minefield of scientific information that would surge your scientific temper. Irrespective of stream you studied in your academics , it is a book that must be read to know more about human body and functioning of brain. Here there should not be an argument that my genre is fiction or something other etc. Some books that provide you basic information should be swallowed like hot peanuts.  click here to read further

BOOK REVIEW : A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

We have books separately on science and humanities. In fact there is no such division and it is made for our convenience in understanding. Imagine a book is in front of you knitting  everyday science and humanities together as an interesting volume. 

The same happened here. An author caught your imagination and wrote a book  answering  to all haunting questions !

The book is US's National BestSeller. New York Times described it "Destined to become a modern classic of science writing'.

Bill Bryson's book " A short history of nearly everything' is a book which must adorn your personal library as it has a treasure trove of information relevant to current needs.  click here to read further

BOOK REVIEW : THE MAGIC OF REALITY

BOOK REVIEWIf you want to know what the science did so far to humanity, you must read this interesting book. The science here is explained in clearest terms. It is not a simple casual read and you must come back and forth to answer some of the curious questions the children ask us on science.

The book explains in simple prose on space, time and evolution laced with humour and clever thought experiments. You get very straight answers to some of the baffling questions like How old is the Universe ? What causes tsunamis ? What was the first man, or woman ?

Writing a difficult concept in simple prose is not easy and it demands tremendous mental energies. When you write science for common folks, the task becomes tougher. French philosopher Blaise Pascal rightly says that "I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. It means, to make anything simple, it occupies much time and the benefit is obvious : message goes straight into readers' minds.  click here to read further