North Korea’s Hidden Revolution is a book that showcases a much less dramatic and neutral side of North Korea. It tells us a tale not of a pseudo-dystopian regime but that of a nation yearning for change. At the same time, it brings to us honest and sincere voices from the other side of the border.
Issa Rae has a take on almost everything under the sun and her takes are not just unusual but also quite comical. While, the book isn’t the laughing-out-loud variety, there is surely some good old (often self-deprecating) humour in those two hundred odd pages.
Anuj Tikku’s Yes Sir I Killed My Dad is the brutally honest story of Anuj’s rise and fall in Bollywood, his struggles and his successes, his achievements and his mistakes and finally his involuntary involvement in a murder mystery that shocked the entire nation.
Ravi Kumar’s Kaagaz Ke Mahal is a book that speaks to your heart. With its soulful shayaris (शायरी) and witty shers (शेर), the book manages to impress the reader in no time.
The shayaris oscillate between contrasting themes of love and betrayal, hope and dismay, regret and gratitude.
Expect a book that is a very short read of just over fifty pages. Expect a book that takes you to the devilishly cold country of Russia along with some other eastern European countries. Expect a book that doles out a decent dose of practical advice and travel tips for those venturing into the cold sub-continent.
Expect a book that talks as much about the wildlife and jungles of Africa as it does about its people, its languages and its distinct culture. Expect a book that garnishes the author’s writing with some interesting looking photographs.
With the subtlest of words, the shayaris in the book, Jo Tum Kaho have the ability to draw out the most intense of emotions from the deepest reaches of one’s heart.
The book is passionate, emotional and intense and this is something that inadvertently, makes it entertaining.
Myth of the Entrepreneur is a book that gives us some serious points to reflect on while influencing our thought process for the greater good. Written in a crisp and a no-nonsense manner, the book is as interesting as it is informative.
While reading Shankara: The Mansarovar Odyssey, expect a book that takes you to the beautiful world of Kailash-Mansarovar yatra and takes you through the entire experience in just 50 pages. Expect a book that also has a lot of pictures to complement the author’s personal experiences of the journey.
Yeh! hai India does have certain things going for it which makes it a decent one time read. A candid conversational style of narration complemented with some very unique travel experiences is what makes this book click
With not much research to boast about and only the author’s own experience to its credit, Blogging for Diamond is a book that can be read as an add-on read in addition to other books but certainly not as a standalone read on the subject.