Books Read April 2011

Chanakya’s Chant – Ashwin Sanghi

Order this book from Flipkart and it got delivered at my home the very next day. Immediately I picked it up and got immersed into this book. This book has two tales running parallel. One which occurred around 2300 years ago and one happens during the present day. It is the story of the master strategist Chanakya, the king maker and how he makes Chandragupta Maurya the emperor. In modern India, Chanakya is reborn as Gangasagar and with his brilliant plots and machinations nurtures a small slum girl and guides her to become the prime minister of the country. The narration swiftly moves between the two stories and keeps you engaged.

The book was one of the fastest reads I’ve had in a long time. It is a story filled with political drama, murder, revenge and lust. The book is also an apt reminder that anything that happens in politics has a motive behind it. Nothing is left to chance. “Brilliant”.

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Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

Completed this book in one sitting. The book has a brilliant start. Relates to the mysteries and symbolism of freemasonry. The background behind the brotherhood is interesting. Dan Brown also sheds some light on a branch of science called Noetic Science which relates to the study of the effects of perceptions, beliefs and intentions on human consciousness.

According to Wikipedia, The theory of noetics centers around the idea that the human mind is capable of affecting work or events or even doing work in the physical world.

After a point of time, the plot of Lost Symbol became quite predictable. It was gripping in parts. I expected a thrilling climax, but the actual one disappointed me. Not exactly what I had expected. Buy this if you liked Dan Brown’s earlier novels and absolutely must read his latest. Else, there are better novels out there.

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The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins

This book is Richard Dawkins’ fight against religion. He systematically dissects the evil of religion. In one the first few pages he refers to a poster which says something like ‘World with no religion’ and shows the twin towers standing prominently in the background. This book illustrates the need for a different perspective towards religion.

Dawkins is a strong proponent of evloution and is very much against creationism which is promoted by religion. Every point that is put forward is clearly articulated and backed up with evidence. This book is a recommendable read and is well written and entertaining.

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