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midhun.j.zacharia

midhun.j.zacharia

Joined November 2016

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This is a piece of honest writing which encourages each of us to think of how we want to live and how we want to go. Furthermore, I felt it calls on the reader to really think about why they do the things they do. Excellent!

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Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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This book offers so much to think about and so many little bits that touched me so... I see it as less of a novel, though. Quite literally, as the book itself states, the author seems to have used fiction here as a means of transmission for an understanding of the human condition as he perceives it.

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Things Fall Apart | Chinua Achebe
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This one broke my heart.

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As the world fills up with dictators or leaders that take to a variety of dictatorial tendencies, this book is a timely reminder of the lessons that were learnt in the past. Do we remember? Will we?

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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This one was so many things - a historical account coloured with fiction, a spiritual examination, a philosophical discussion, yet also a fun recollection of the mundanity of life. I can't wait to read it again!

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What a different world this book is set in and it contains such thought provoking notions. For instance on begging, it "is a trade like any other; quite useless, of course - but, then many reputable trades are quite useless.".

It also contains interesting notions that could be instructive to economic policy making, for instance on cash, as opposed to charity / meal tickets, being better tools to fight poverty.

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Been a while since I last spent time with this work.

"We do not have the ideal world, such as we would like, where morality is easy because cognition is easy. Where one can do right with no effort because he can detect the obvious."

It continues to speak sadly, starkly, hopefully, truly...

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"To take nothing as given. To think intensely about what we owe one another, how we care for one another, how we shape and grow our own economy, what we take away from one another, what we give."

This book engages with an idea that we must think about and talk about more. Brave, fair and interesting writing!

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Freakonomics Rev Ed: (and Other Riddles of Modern Life) | Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
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Finally got around to this little gem! One should definitely read it and try to capture the spirit of curiosity inherent therein.

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This is a clarion call - will we respond? Read, question, understand and decide.

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I highly recommend reading this work. It provides the reader with a deep yet concise understanding of the motivations and emotions of the religion and its followers and welcomes the reader to question preconceptions and existing approaches.

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This is one I've consumed every word of! What a revelatory piece of work. Anyone that can, must take the time to read this one.

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Death's End | Cixin Liu
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A masterpiece. The author seems to have transcended human constraints and is possessed of an unmatched ability to spin an other-worldly narrative. Deep, incisive, creative!

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The Dark Forest | Cixin Liu
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This is truly an epic and an encyclopedic exploration of the human mind hiding in plain sight as a science fiction novel...

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Three-Body Problem | Cixin Liu
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So many levels to this one, truly brilliant!

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"...sometimes the best crystal ball is a rear view mirror.". This book is as much an invitation to be informed as it is informative. Fantastic!

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This was an unusual choice of book for me - but, oh what a little blessing in disguise. Such an honest voice!

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Over a 1000 pages of sheer brilliance! A well thought out storyline and absolute edge of the seat stuff all throughout.

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Clash of Kings | George R R Martin
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Still living in Westeros...enjoying GRRM's magic back to back. Can't wait for the next season!

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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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Finally got around to doing this. What a masterpiece - though, knowing what I did, I didn't want to turn pages too quickly...

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The Old Man and the Sea | Ernest Miller Hemingway
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"A man can be destroyed but not defeated.". Such an ode to nature (human and otherwise).

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What makes us human? How do we value life? Queries that get a deserving treatment in this work.

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The Golden House | Salman Rushdie
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Gender, Politics, Family, Drama - it's all in here! Rushdie sets about this book with honesty and humour. A genuinely human experience.

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A tale that reveals our own personal struggles - all that talk of good and evil, all that mysticism, yet all truly human.

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Explosive and enlightening. Very few works have made me think as much. An absolute must-read!

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"If the curtain is indeed about to drop on Sapiens history, we members of one of its final generations should devote some time to answering one last question: what do we want to become?" Truly riveting, explosive and demands thought!

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"...these were only history's henchmen. Sent to square the books and collect the first from those who broke its laws." Truly heart-wrenching and brutally honest yet light and innocent. It was a treat to revisit this spectacle.

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Camino Island | John Grisham
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A breezy read. Grisham spins an interesting tale around his love for literature.

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Enlightening, uplifting and artful!

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Makes you question, laugh and weep, all at the same time. Yet another fantastic piece of work!

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"Maybe the mannequin-shoppers are ghosts trying to buy what no longer exists"

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Rather Be the Devil | Ian Rankin
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Fantastic stuff and a beautiful recreation of Edinburgh. Absolutely could not put this one down!

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Rather Be the Devil | Ian Rankin
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"It had been a long time coming. A long time coming. 'But here I am again,' he said. 'And here I stay.'"

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Master class in, the handling/perception of language, by Douglas Hofstadter, sample this, "The understanding of such sentences involves a mixture of deriving the content and yet retaining the form in mind, letting qualities of the form conjure up flavors and enhance the meaning with a halo of not-quite-conscious pseudo-meanings, connotations, flavors, that flicker in the mind, not quite in reach, not quite out of reach".

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San Francisco Chronicle: "The closest thing imaginable to taking a voyage through the mind". Me: Seems like it's time for a trip!