Train to Punjab

I had recently changed settings in my Mac to change the wallpaper automatically. Today morning I woke up to find the above picture sitting on prettily on my screen. The first thought that came to my mind seeing this was – “Punjab.” Home. The loveliest memories of home are from winter days – the dimmed mornings…

To an optimistic 2017! *Clink*

New year, New direction - like I too would hope for anything less than a change! Major events in my life since my last post: I am now living by myself in Los Angeles, and working full time as a Data Scientist with Whisper. The transition took a lot of time – starting with interview preparations…

The Namesake

To read this book was a painfully sweet agony. The manner in which Jhumpa Lahiri has chronicled the events and emotions of her characters is sickeningly genuine. It would suffice to say that I could not have written such an account of my own life. Her prose is so effervescent that you feel like you…

The Guide

- By R. K. Narayan The guide is an engaging tale that follows the life of Raju through his childhood, death of his father, taking over his business, finding his own feet as a guide, and then squandering his life and relations by falling in love with a girl, his rise and fall again, and eventually…

A Conspiracy of Friends

- by Alexander McCall Smith This book was a pleasant surprise as I was expecting another chic-book with a puppy on its cover. The book was written in a unique way: a method called episodic writing, which basically entails writing the whole thing episode (chapter) wise. You cannot go back and edit the chapters, and…

Partial Readings

Over the last few weeks, I picked up some books that I failed to finish. I wanted to write a couple of notes on them; and of course these are only my first impressions. The Pothunters by PG Wodehouse It is Wodehouse’s first published novel (at the age of 21!), and this was the third time…

Fasting, Feasting

- by Anita Desai A tremendous book; Anita Desai does a marvelous job of unraveling the fiber of Indian culture with the help of a story of a middle-class rural family with three children. Never have I read a book that has made me see the fallacies and susceptibility of my culture so vividly. It…

Three Men on the Bummel

- by Jerome K. Jerome Three Men on the Bummel is a hilarious account of three friends on a cycling journey through the German Black Forest. Digressions in the form of ludicrous anecdotes do away with the need for an overall plot; and this is Jerome’s unique style that was first seen in his hugely…

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

by Wodehouse Sebastian Faulks How did you feel when you put down your seventh Harry Potter book? (Well, at least when you did not know there is going to be an eighth one.) Or how did you feel after finishing that last episode of the tenth season of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.? Or when Sachin Tendulkar retired? Or…