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#3961 Jan 9th, 2019, 20:31
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Started reading Robin DiAngelo's White Fragility
Seems worth buying. Thanks to everyone who put up their reading list here.
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#3962 Jan 10th, 2019, 09:19
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21 lessons for the 21st century

A fascinating book by Yuval Noah Harari, his latest : 21 lessons for the 21st century.
#3963 Jan 10th, 2019, 10:57
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Absolutely endorse Harari. This book and all the others too.

Now on to some kinda morbid reading but interesting, reading Sally Tisdale's "Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying"
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#3964 Jan 10th, 2019, 16:21
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More than halfway through The Golfinch By Donna Tart. It's got great passages but the story is kind of blah. Not really invested in the main character and wondering whether I should bother finishing it.

Before this I read Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (good) and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (delightful, if a bit sad).

Totally agree about Yuval Harrari- he's one of the brightest young minds around.
#3965 Jan 10th, 2019, 19:51
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I am reading "The Epic City ( The World on the Streets of Calcutta)" by Kushanava Choudhury. It is a part memoir, part travelogue, about one Bengali's love/hate relationship with the city of Kolkata. He goes into great detail about his time working as a journalist at The Statesman. The description of North Kolkata gullies and paras is fascinating. His favourite para is around College street. He also goes into how the South City Mall in south Kolkata was created after the Usha sewing factory was shut. And many other fascinating stories.
#3966 Jan 10th, 2019, 20:08
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The billionaire Raj by James Crabtree who was the financial times India correspondent for six years based in Bombay. He spent more than that researching and writing this book about oligopoly, corruption and India's economy post 2000.

He scores high with interviews with Jayant Sinha, Raghuram Rajan, Vinod Rai, Gautam Adani, Vijay Mallya, Naveen Jindal and incoporates other pieces from ruchir Sharma, amartya sen and jagadish bhagwati. It's very readable and has got tremendous number of awards and testimonials including from both bhagwati and sen - who I don't think agree on much. It was named business book of the year for 18.

Where in my opinion it petered was when two chapters - one on cricket and another on republic TV got included. Though he was trying to build some connection between corruption in cricket and similar in media it somehow fizzles out there.

Still, recommended. I could finish it. Not something I can say about Akshay mukuls Geeta Press and the making of Hindu India, which turned out to be confusing and then, boring.
#3967 Jan 14th, 2019, 00:27
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Iíve just finished chapter one of Rohinton Mistryís Family Matters.

Concerned that A Fine Balance may have been a fluke but I neednít have worried.

There is something about the way he creates and crafts characters that is mesmerising. Fast becoming my favourite writer.

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Originally Posted by NomadicBoo View Post Iíve just finished chapter one of Rohinton Mistryís Family Matters.

Concerned that A Fine Balance may have been a fluke but I neednít have worried.

There is something about the way he creates and crafts characters that is mesmerising. Fast becoming my favourite writer.

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"A Fine Balance" is undoubtedly his best though "Family Matters" and "Such a Long Journey" too make excellent reading. I would also recommend "Tales from Ferozeshah Bagh". In this work the author owes a(n unacknowledged) debt to V.S,Naipaul's "Miguel Street" which started life as a radio serial on the BBC Caribbean Service.
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I have just begun No Onions Nor Garlic by Srividya Natarajan.

I'd rant about the neither/nor thing, except apparently Shakespeare wrote it that way.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I have just begun No Onions Nor Garlic by Srividya Natarajan.

I'd rant about the neither/nor thing, except apparently Shakespeare wrote it that way.
Yeah, but that's Bottom, and he's got everything arse backwards.
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#3971 Jan 15th, 2019, 04:35
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Originally Posted by hfot2 View Post Yeah, but that's Bottom, and he's got everything arse backwards.
As a weaver Bottom is a member of the toiling classes. The more "upper class" Polonius says "Neither borrower nor lender be!" just as "nice" folk should.
#3972 Jan 15th, 2019, 04:56
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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post As a weaver Bottom is a member of the toiling classes. The more "upper class" Polonius says "Neither borrower nor lender be!" just as "nice" folk should.
So BillyBard gets it both ways, as usual. Of course, most audiences think Bottom much more enjoyable than Polonius, whom they think to be a crashing bore. (I'd like to play Polonius, though, and sell him as a good guy.)

Have you encountered Upstart Crow?
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Have you encountered Upstart Crow?
I haven't but I'm thinking of getting the DVD box (which will then lie beside the other DVDs I haven't yet had time to watch).
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No Onions Nor Garlic is a very engaging read and a lot of fun.






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Will be adding this one to my list seeing as Iíve finished family matters in a matter of days.

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