Sunday, February 08, 2009

This Week's Read: Vol 1 Issue 1

As there are many things I start and find them best started and little else thereafter, I shall start one more for who can ever tell which shot got the drunkard staggering?

I would like to round up 10 very interesting reads from around the world (and from my collection of documents) each week and present it to the reader. I hate mail forwards and hence, find this to be a better way of sharing info with my friends, too. Subjects will, predictably, vary.

  1. Let's cook the books or book the cooks! An interesting article drawing parallels between the world of culinary business and that of investment banking.
  2. Women: A user manual. And you thought you really could get that!? With Valentine's day around the corner (for those who go ga-ga over that day), here is a good read.
  3. The Picasso in me: purge him. Don't we all consider ourselves artists (till we actually meet an artist; thereafter we are connoisseurs)? Well, you can continue feeling that way...
  4. Possessed by possessions. This article will provide historical basis to some of my posts in the Conscious Living series. Read it.
  5. What will change everything. A very widely discussed and relevant article. Of course, from edge.org
  6. Saute the libertarian. Mixing food and politics, Jerker makes a jerk of vegetarians and others. Enjoy the read while I silently sharpen my knife for a rebuttal.
  7. Buy this, if you love your child. I am so glad that someone has brought this book out. From the reviews it looks like a promising book. I am going to buy it and show it all those who think that scolding a child or those who believe in "treating the child like an adult". 
  8. Don't you cry. And I have been telling all those who thought that the crying man (or more often, woman) was genuine and honest, that there need not be any relevance. If only people could emote what they genuinely felt rather than put up a drama (except those who think that a drama is the right way of living!)...
  9. How can you understand? I simply love the way of the Japanese not because it is romantic but because it is right and blunt (Oh! How I would love to live in a world where I could speak my mind!). I simply love Tanabe-san's words: His knowledge of brushes, calligraphy, and the properties and characteristics of animal hair was vast, and my capacity for understanding was small.
  10. My IQ is 185. So? Do we need to buy more sugar given that we already have some though the prices might go up next week and we consume only this much per month, or not?

8 comments:

  1. Parvati6:53 PM

    As expected, a very interesting list and an eclectic one too. But maybe your blog-guests can do you a favour by making it mandatory for the blog master to have read any book that he suggests as reading for a discerning public.

    Read 'em and then direct them to us.

    That way your credibility will be credible and we too get a good list.

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  2. Dear P,
    Book? What book? Perhaps you should read the post carefully before rushing to comments section ;-)

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  3. Parvati7:45 PM

    I did not mean the present list of LINKS when I said BOOKS.

    I remember during my long lasting visits here that you keep expressing your need to finish this or that list of books, and most recently too, your post on the Booker Prize books making a shameless blatant declaration that YOU HAVENT READ EVEN A SINGLE ONE OF THE BOOKER BOOKS, though you chose to think that you were best equipped to comment on them or give a scathing critique about them without even reading them - all of this revealed to me that you seldom read what you intend to read, or what you mention in your blog - be they books or links.

    In case you indeed read all that you mention in your blog posts as good reading, then I rest my case.

    In case you dont, please do.

    Hope I am clear here if not in my previous comment for this post.

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  4. Dear P,
    Tut tut tut... My joy in seeing you back on this blog prevents me from showing you how badly you have fumbled here... But that's ok!! ;-)

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  5. Parvati7:52 PM

    How many innumerable ways have you honed in yourself to be this great escapist that you are now? Why connect two disconnected things, I wonder...

    Many moons ago I noticed in you distinct tiredness to let debates and discussions fizzle out without resolution - but here it seems to be taking a different form; but nevertheless it is there.

    Bluntness and honesty are welcome qualities to me too - do let not your joy in my return as a commenter to your blog spoil your great pleasure in highlighting my 'fumble' as it were.

    I am all ears-------

    ;-)

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  6. Dear P,
    What better resolve can a man make than to escape!? Nevertheless, I shall honour you with a fight till death (and what a death they shall sing of!).
    I had said (in my earlier post) that I had read 2 of the 3 Booker winners (I haven't read Ms. Desai and I doubt I will). My scathing critique (of their works) is actually towards their approach to literature or writing itself. Secondly, I was analysing what Nair and Deshpande had to say. I have definitely read both their articles.
    And I have never heard anyone call a bunch of articles or (and worse still) a bunch of links as "books" so it would be a first and surely not one which I will adopt.
    My need to want to read books is different from my wanting to recommend something to someone. If I recommend vada-pav on the 3rd shop on Dadar (W) station it is only because I have eaten there. But if I say I would love to eat at the 4th shop on Mylapore station (there are none, btw. Madras can never be a Bombay) then it is a desire which cannot claim credibility nor have that trait questioned! So my lists of books that I wish to read cannot tell on my recommendations. I can have an infinitely long list (because I am born in a wonderful era where many kind souls have provided me with the joy of a million or so books to choose from) and a short list of recommedations but the length of one needn't silence the other or tell bad tales. I think you are fundamentally confused into thinking that since I have a long list of books to be read my chosen links for a week are also articles I would like to read! Sorry, Parvatiji, these are articles I have read and hence, am sharing with the readers of this blog...

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  7. Parvati1:57 PM

    'And I have never heard anyone call a bunch of articles or (and worse still) a bunch of links as "books" so it would be a first and surely not one which I will adopt.;

    # You have not read my comments to this post properly - I saw your LINKS that you have recommended in this post as interesting reads and remembered about THE BOOKS that you mention in your many posts over many years, if not as recommended reading to your blog visitors, at least as worthwhile for you yourself to read - you have often mentioned too that you seldom keep to your resolution to read what you intend nobly to.

    This combination of connections has made me put my two prior comments HERE FOR THIS POST. The connecting thought is not 'links' or 'books', but recommendation or intention to read.

    If you read what you intend reading or recommend to others as good reads, I have no issues; but my concrete impression from your blog is that you have most often than not been too lazy or too busy to do so.

    If I were a conscientious lawyer or a debator, I would most probably scan through your blogs and all comments from you and find places that will fortify my this 'impression' of your laxity to complete reading what you intend to whether as books or links. But I am not.

    But that doesn't negate my strong impression about your reading habits - it definitely stays, until further proofs and evidences come my way in the form of your declarations that you complete book lists, well-supported by analyses of books etc. that don't have as their parent Google Search :-D.

    Of course you needn't give a damn about my impressions false or otherwise in your eyes, but my this comment is to explain to you the origin and path of how and why I wrote my previous comments here for this post of yours...

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  8. Dear P,
    The blog is open; feel free to scan!

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