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My Bookathone

The deep in desire to read all the books of the world... but afraid I'd be left with only a few seconds per book, if reading is the only thing I do my entire life, skipping meals, sleep, and other biological calls... phew!

Currently reading

The Bourne Supremacy
Robert Ludlum
The Bourne Supremacy
Robert Ludlum
Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson
When Shall We Meet Again?
Abhimanyu Rajarajan

Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great

Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great - Esther Derby, Diana Larsen, Ken Schwaber A practical guide to agile retrospective. Talks about many games to make the retro fruitfull. Recommended for all ScrumMasters.

Auschwitz: a Doctor's Eyewitness Account

Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account - Miklós Nyiszli, Tibère Kremer, Bruno Bettleheim, Richard Seaver This one should be the longest and most difficult read for me, yet the simplest fact that it is a true story makes it the best read of mine so far of the year. Even after finishing it gave me shivers almost the whole night, and i kept on asking myself:

0 was life so cheap for third reich to throw any human, away like a dead corpse in a pyre?
0 how difficult it must had been to live than to die in third reich?
0 even those who were still alive in those concentration camps, how were they ever able to get themselves some sleep in there or after the liberation?
0 where the KZ commando and generals themselves a hard heart or they were masterfully mind washed to be able to run such ghettos and concentration camps?
0 isn't it easier to die than to agree to bring about such atrocities to other breathing soul?
0 were those men - who were killing people to run autopsies than to do autopsy on dead to progress their science - a creation of God or devil?
0 was there ever some kind of reward or cmpetition to discover of such merciful and inhuman ways of mass-distruction?

Nobody can give me answer to these questions than those who made Miklos Nyisli write his life history.

History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time

History Decoded - Brad Meltzer, Keith Ferrell I really wanted to give it 3.5 stars but not 4, so just settling down for 3.

The collection of stories, or in author's words - mysteries - looked more of a self-explanation on govt behalf than real hard-work to find out the truth. Moreover the choice of historical events seems very senseless except first and last, ie the two assassinations. There doesn't seem to be any symmetry in the writing style. Overall an ameture collection of irrevent events to brush up once history knowledge. A quick and skip read....

As a Man Thinketh (The Tarcher Family Inspirational Library)

As a Man Thinketh (Tarcher Family Inspirational Library) - James Allen The entire book (thought mere about 80 pages) is a just a repetitive copy of single but most powerful thought - you are the creator of your life and hence destiny. Nice try but not much to offer to the readers.

Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional)

Agile Project Management with Scrum - Ken Schwaber Talking about real project scenarios, this book is a boon to Agile starters from Product owners, Scum masters and teams. However, details of Agile manifesto, and agile principles is missing. Recommended to those who want to understand the application of Agile in their projects.

Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West - Blaine Harden The three basic needs of humans food, shelter and clothes can make them do wonders and blunders for them. The same is the story of Shin whose love for food (only stomach full food) made him responsible for the killing of his mother and brother, and later his successful escape from camp 14.

Ecxellent story of pain, survival, endurance, optimism - and the best part - it's all true!

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)

The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan Amazing story of a small boy and the Greek Gods. It feels as if I am voyaging with Percy towads an incredible quest. I chanced to read a genious fantacy long after Harry Potter. Full marks for imagination, creativity of thoughts, and crafting a long lasting cult drama.

Recommended to all HP fans.

A Vote for Laughter

A Vote for Laughter - R.K. Laxman A light, yet fun read!

The Behaviour of Moths

The Behaviour Of Moths - Poppy Adams This book talks a great deal about moths and lepidoptery practices, along with a parallel heart touching story of two sisters. Both going through a series of events, and tragedies, which are incomparable with each other.

The elder sister Virginia, is an established professional scientist but an alienate in her personal life. Her life sees a ray of hope after seventy years when her younger sister Vivian, decides to move in with her, to share her home and lonely time. However, things do not work out as expected, and Virginia ends up in a far bitter situation than before.

The book is richly informative on moths n insects, and as the name says 'Behaviour of Moths'.

Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck Centennial Edition)

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck I am a big fan of the TV series LOST. Apart from various other talked about reasons of LOST's big success, I have an addition reason to love this series, is that, there are few characters who are often found carrying or talking a famous novel. So in one of the episodes, one of my favorite character was reading 'Of mice and men', so I decided to read it too.

I have always loved quick stories fitting in few pages, yet a full tale in itself. 'Of mice and men' also comes under a quick read material.

Two friends - George and Lennie - are great pals, and are looking for a new job in California. George, elder of the two takes care of Lennie in good, bad and adverse conditions. Lennie is a shy person but has a heart for pets. However, unfortunately the things always end up at bad side for him, and in every situation George comes for his rescue.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl - B.M. Mooyaart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Anne Frank Recently I watched a movie named 'The Pianist' (directed by Roman Polanski), which is also a true story about a Pianist at a radio station in the WW-II era. I was heart smitten to see the struggle and survival of the Jewish musician. Though this book had long been in my to-read list, but watching this movie gave me a push to start it immediately.

One can hardly imagine a teenage girl, stuffed with 7 other inmates in a small attic, in the middle of burglaries, police, hunger, misery, betrayal, death, to have so much stability in her mind as to write down a diary page each day. The hardest part of this true story is that it is absolutely true.

Nothing can best define a WW story, or a holocaust misery, than a journal keeping of a victim himself. I truly wish that some anti-Jews had read this book.

ASURA: Tale Of The Vanquished

ASURA: Tale Of The Vanquished - Anand Neelakantan It is the story of banished Asuras, and the uprising of the same for another fight against Devas.

I really loved the courage of the author to pick up a common belief of Hindu culture, and present it as an anti concept. He dares to turn the coin, and see the flip side of commonly known goodness of Devas, through Asura's eyes.

The book has amazingly unique contents. The parallel story of Bhadra, and origin of Sita are really pious. However, I had expected an equally powerful oratory to present them.

A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal - Jonathan Swift I think the minimum words required to define this book will be - Brutality at it's best. This piece of literature goes on to define as many ways to slaughter children as it can, to relinquish one's poverty. So the message of the book is - Eat them if you can't feed them! :p

The Secret

The Secret - Rhonda Byrne I could have given 3.5, but the positivity of the subject forced me to give 4.
This is a book with instant energy pool, ready to instill life in the reader! The powerful concept of Universal magnetism is the best!

A Christmas Carol (Great Stories)

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens The world will be perfect if all of us could walk into the future, see the results of our mistakes, and correct them, before we commit them!

The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan This book is a collection of multiple parallel stories having no direct relation with each other. Four women from China who have recently moved in to America for different reasons, form a common group to wave off their insecurities in a foreign country. They wanted to overlook their pain of separation from their native place, and lost culture. They tried to inculcate the Chinese cultural values in their now American-Chinese children, and had considerable influence on their children.

Though at time, the book paced slow, but the rich Chinese culture, surely makes for that slowness. First half of the book cultivates each story in mother's perspective, where things are always in the hot pan from a mother-daughter relation. The second half of the book revisits all the stories in a new light, connecting the lacunae, and eventually making peace between those mothers and daughters.