Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fearless in Opposition - P. Chidambaram (2017)

The book is a collection of author's articles in Indian Express. There are many views that'll be central to opposition views and many points are specific to author's viewpoint. But still I think his views are coherently put through. There is no interruption while reading the book  unlike your possibility of getting distracted online or social media. With news media blurring points of discussions it's important to understand the other side of the political movement today. The book was written when there are dynamism in the events. The events may have moved on. The outcomes may not match to the predictions. But a good read to understand India's current political and economic battles.

The book is very current topics oriented and will not have a shelf life may be a year down the line.

Friday, April 07, 2017

An Era of Darkness: Shashi Tharoor

Pretty aptly named book. It puts forth in apt details why British period in Indian history is a real dark era. A very balanced treatment. The issues and concerns that can be raised as potential benefits of the Raj are thoroughly reviewed and rebutted. A must read book for every indian.

Monday, March 06, 2017

The Bulldozer - Manoj Das

I read it first as part of a collection of short stories but realized there is a full novella on it. Overall I will not consider it one of the best novels of Manoj Das. It's it's highs and lows. There are lots of satire in the piece but stories are not that well connected. I found the novella hard to read. In the end the protagonist loses his newly purchased home which is destroyed in front of him in a flash is a bit touchy in human emotion.

Overall not the master story telling we know Manoj Das for.

To the Brink and Back: india's 1991 Story - Jayaram Ramesh (2016)

Although, most changes in Indian political arena sounds slow moving, it may not be so for the tremulous period of 1989 to 1996. Many political changes significant no of prime ministers change seemed too rapid for India. In these times PVNR and his finance minister Manmohan Singh took the massive economic reforms. Jayaram Ramesh has aptly stated this in the book. Though short and easy read definitely portrays why this period is special to Indian politics and his observations in close quarters as they were taking place. A definite story to understand as the 90s is slowly moving into documented history. Overall, the book is recommended. At places there is an appreciation of ruling party in toto but expected in a book of this nature.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Journeys Through Babudom and Netaland: Governance in India - TSR Subramanian

One thing we keep thinking about the years of turmoil of 90s India really didn't get much done. But come to think of it, it brought in some of the astute public servants to limelight. They could do things which with the political stable world would have been hard to achieve. This story of an able IAS officer who managed to survive the political battles yet try to bring in changes he could bring to the society was indeed remarkable. I think a very worthwhile read to understand the changing times of India. A must read.