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Awesome Books (5-star)

Interesting Books

Books I could not finish


Awesome Movies (5-star)

Interesting Movies

Movies I would not watch again






Awesome Books

I like these books so much that I would like to recommend them to everyone without any reservations. Click the links to read my own thoughts/excerpts.


·         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


·         The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


·         Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson: Benjamin Franklin is one of the most celebrated founding fathers of America. His life is an inspiring tale of public service, scientific work, and personal philosophy. I think Franklin is an essential study for anyone who is interested in public service, journalism, political affairs, diplomacy, leadership, etc. This book does a great job in bringing out all sides of Franklin's life and ideas. Click here to read my own takeaways about Franklin.





Interesting Books

These are highly interesting and readable books, some of which I have noted as 4-star 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. Click the links to read my own thoughts/excerpts.


·         Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson (4-star)


·         Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence (4-star)


·         The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking


·         Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson


·         Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


·         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.


·         Diet and Lifestyle for Health in the 21st Century by Dr. Shantaram Kane





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 some of them, I went all the way to the end but I would say 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.






Awesome Movies

I like these movies so much that I would recommend them to everyone without any reservations. I would most likely watch them again and again. Click the links to read my own thoughts/comments.


·         Fiddler on the Roof: Story of a Jewish family living in a Russian ghetto. Topol plays the father of 4 daughters each of which breaks one of his cherished traditions.


·         The Great Train Robbery: A true story from the late 19th century England of a gold heist on a running train. Sean Connery is the chief robber in this spellbinding movie.





Interesting Movies

These are highly interesting and watchable movies, some of which I have noted as 4-star movies: the missing five-star status could just be because of my unreasonable pickiness about some aspect of the visual experience. Click the links to read my own thoughts/comments.


·         Star Trek III: The Search for Spock: (4-star) Captain Kirk. Kirk and team steal Enterprise to rescue Spock and Genesis.

·         Star Trek IX: Insurrection: (4-star) Good story, script, cinematography, effects. Captain Pickard rebels against a Federation plot against the inhabitants of a unique planet.


·         Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: Captain Kirk. An old enemy comes looking for Kirk and Genesis.

·         Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: Captain Kirk. Klingon Ambassador is killed while Kirk goes to receive him in space.






Movies I would not watch again

Movie appreciation is highly subjective: some of those listed below might actually be great for some other folks. But, I would not watch them again unless it is the end of the world and all other movies were destroyed by the aliens or some such catastrophe.


·         Star Trek I: The Motion Picture: Captain Kirk. Voyager-born robot looking for its creator approaches earth.

·         Star Trek V: The Final Frontier: Not good. Captain Kirk. Spock's half-brother hijacks Enterprise to meet God.




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