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Five Star Books:


I like these books so much that I would like to recommend them to everyone without any reservations:


Siddhartha by Herman Hesse


The Meaning of it All by Richard Feynman


"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee


"The Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins


The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple



Other Great Books:


These are wonderful books. The missing five-star status could just be because of my unreasonable pickiness about the language, the presentation, the book's length, or some such trivial factor.


Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence


The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking


Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson


Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez



Other readable books:


Narmade Har Har (Marathi) by Jagannath Kunte


Sex, Power and Pleasure by Mariana Valverde: Frank discussion of important women’s issues by an acclaimed feminist.



Books I could not finish:


Well, these books might actually be great in their own right. But, honestly, I was unable to read them to the end. I usually do not drop a book until I have read at least the first 50 pages. After that, I value my time more than the need to be courteous to the author. You know what I mean! And the rest of them, I finished but I found that they were grossly disappointing.


A Time to Kill by John Grisham: Totally avoidable.


Haj by Leon Uris: No idea where the author is going.


Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth: Unlike "The Day of the Jackal", this book doesn't have a gripping story-line. It starts with a good promise but just whimpers off.


The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: This book starts well, has many exciting moments, the language is quite good, but the story loses its grip, the book gets too verbose and never-ending.


Digital Fortress by Dan Brown: To be fair, I found the story weak probably because I have experience in the software security field. But still, the story is not good enough for me.


Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore: This is actually a famous book about high tech marketing, very widely read and oft-quoted and so on. But I just could not read it beyond the first 50 pages. I must be nuts, right?


Animal Farm by George Orwell: Supposedly a classic of all times. It is a famous satirical allegory of Soviet totalitarianism. Published in 1945, the book reflects events leading up to and during the Stalin era before World War II. Unfortunately for me, the metaphor of animals became quite ridiculous and so, difficult to handle, as the story progressed.






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