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?
In June this year, I picked up Krakauer's book at the classic Oxford Book Store in Darjeeling. The Oxford Book & Stationary Store has a good collection of books and articles on the people and history of Darjeeling, Sikkim & other eastern-Himalayan countries. It also has books on Buddhism and mountain-climbing. The building facade is … Continue reading Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer
Just a small note to contemplate the power of books. Unlike weapons of mass destruction, the power of books is transformative in a positive way. It builds and nurtures rather than annihilates. Perhaps that is why repressive regimes across the world have always sought to crush books and book-readers. On this day, a small prayer … Continue reading World Book Day
Dune! Anyone who has read this book will understand the exclamation mark. Here are the top philosophies & concepts that I picked up from the first book.
Interesting tid-bits notwithstanding, however nothing that one couldn't have gleaned from a few hours of internet link-jumping. So in essence, the book's a good starting place to know the various expeditions and names that you could double-click on for further research.
Perhaps the fact that this book was written in the mid 19th century, the early years of the British domination over the world through its colonies, influenced the superlative sense of self, and a disdain of the other.