Thursday, March 24, 2005

books

piled up my book collection to weed out some stuff - back of my mind i'm thinking wtf am i going to do with all these when i go to school.

i've become a lot more picky about what books i buy now. back in bombay, every weekend we'd be on book street (me and a very close friend both loved to read). used books (and i admit,the occasional knock off) cost less than a buck each - we bought tons. i read so many that i hardly remember much from any one now.

reading all the BW boards, it's funny how different my reading choices are - everybody wants to read cheesy management books and i want, well, you'll see...

surely you're joking mr. feynman - amazing guy. the best kind of crazy. everybody should read once.

the old man and mr. smith - laugh out loud funny. god and the devil come to earth to check out how things are going. witty and insightful inside, funny on the outside.

the great game - afghanistan has been war country for centuries - read up on the history, albeit from a we're brits we're holier than thou perspective.

how to lie with statistics - somebody actually wrote down what you always suspected about those scheming statisticians.

yes minister/yes prime minister - brit humor and political memoir. read it and get over your naivete.

the innocence of father brown - amazing mystery short stories. ok, so many have predictable endings but still more enjoyable than chritie.

an enemy of the people - idealism vs. pragmatism - guess which wins.

the name of the rose - thriller with subplot. somebody translate the damn latin.

may it please your honour - read both sides of gandhi's assassination before judging the assassin.

animal farm - the truest fable ever written.

economics in one lesson - most economic sense anything has ever made. should be compulsory reading for everybody.

rosencrantz and guildenstern are dead - remember r&g from hamlet? now they star in a book entirely unlike the original - and yet based on its events. what,after all, is choice?

the fountainhead - great outlet for angst in years past. be like us or die. no shades of gray here - and no empathy.

the prophet - great for when you're really down, very corny in normal circumstances.

good stuff - cynical view of the writing of a novel. devastatingly funny.

that's the first pile. another pile for another day.

funny how some things make sense from a distance. can't see the mountain when you're on it and all ...

as for the recurring theme of what to do before bschool - i know what i'm going to do - ROAD TRIP!

gonna take a month off and drive coast to coast visiting every friend i have. probably not going to keep in touch as much once school starts. plus i love to drive. flying sucks - unless of course you are in the cockpit. till that happens, the open roads beckon.

3 Comments:

Blogger mbafarbe said...

surely you're joking, fountainhead and Name of the Rose are three of my favourite readings too....

2:30 AM  
Blogger Vold said...

I still have the luxury of buying books for less than a buck (american buck, that is) :D

The "Yes Minister" and "Yes Prime Minister" is surely a classic. I am looking for the television series, which is kinda difficult to locate here.....

10:38 PM  
Blogger chanakya said...

mbafabre: surely you're joking stands up well to rereading too. the other two are definitely one time must reads.

vold: amazon and amazon uk both have them but are pricey at $120. buy them and if you end up at tuck with me, i'll borrow them :)) email me sometime if you're headed to tuck.

11:56 AM  

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