Rather ironic (and depressing) to read a book that was published 2013/14 now, i.e. in March 2020. In the middle of a lock-down that has exposed and made the dysfunctions excruciatingly tangible. I am often humbled by Jean Dreze, a Belgian-born, Indian economist. I still remember a hot summer day in 1999, when I was … Continue reading An Uncertain Glory (India & its contradictions), Jean Dreze & Amartya Sen
If you've been following me so far, in the last two book we had seen Paul Muad'dib, young Atreides scion ascend to the throne of the emperor of the universe.
I cannot believe that I am finally blogging about this book! It took me an entire year mainly because this is a difficult read, and one that occasionally left me quite devastated. Zuboff is thorough and like anyone trying to find a solution, first she names the problem- Surveillance Capitalism. "1. A new economic order … Continue reading The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Shoshana Zuboff
Another Day of Life are like literary dispatches from a war-zone. It is 1975-76, and Kapuściński is sometimes in the despairing Angolan capital of Luanda, and sometimes on the front.
Bought this book a few days back, when I visited a cute little book-cum-cafe in Gangtok. It's called Rachna Book store, and you must visit if you ever come this side of the world. Reading Shimada in the cold... The book has the honour of being the first book that I bought in 2020...and also … Continue reading The Tokyo Zodiac Murders, Soji Shimada, 1981
I don't even remember when and where I bought this book back in 2010. I don't remember why I bought it- probably because the name had "Stasi" on it and I was maybe reading some Solzhenitsyn? Or perhaps I liked the bureaucratic dystopia of the image on the cover, dog-eared paper files with serial numbers. … Continue reading Stasiland, Anna Funder
In the second book of the Dune series, we see the divergence from what would have been the regular tale of a Hero who avenged the death of his father. Instead we are treated to the beginnings of questions that will haunt us through the Dune series. How will humanity distort the original message of messiahs? Is it possible to imagine and control every single impact of mass-movements? Will that kill what it means to be human?