Random Walks: Trip to Venice, Italy

Random Walks: Trip to Venice, Italy

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  I decided to spend the day of New Year’s Eve 2014 in Venice, Italy. This trip had been on my cards for quite some time now, ever since I came to Italy in the end of August last year. So, some of us (me and three of my friends) decided to go there during the Christmas and new year’s break. We started quite early and it was very cold (temperature was below zero when we started and throughout the day it was either below zero or zero). I live in a small Italian town called Trieste and it is just a two hour train journey to Venice from Trieste. There are two train stations in Venice, so if you Read more

Book Review: Be Careful What You Wish For

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The latest volume in the mammoth Clifton chronicles by Jeffery Archer was launched in India recently, and I was lucky to read it within 3 days of launch. The book, like all other Archer novels was unputdownable. The story revolves around the second generation Cliftons now, and slowly focus shifts from Harry Clifton to his son, Sebastian Clifton and his life, first as a teenager and then as a young man trying to make his mark in the world. The book is set mostly in England, and is an account of only 8 years (1957-1964), yet it contains many surprises and many ups and downs for the Cliftons. The book opens with Harry and Emma rushing to the hospital to Read more

Every now and then you come across a story that has to be shared, that is so extraordinary that you feel the emotions of the protagonist as the story goes along. One such story is that of Prof. Randy Pausch, now deceased due to pancreatic cancer. Prof. Pausch was a distinguished man of science; he was a professor of computer science and a consultant to various companies like Google, Disney, etc. His was a charming and dynamic personality that enthralled everyone who met. Unfortunately he was diagnosed with a serious disease and given a few months to live. Instead of brooding about what he could have achieved or what his family would go through, he decided to devote his remaining Read more

Book Review: The Company of Women

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Mohan Kumar is a very rich person who has a single vice- women. He is crazy about them and is willing to spend lavishly to get their company. It started when he was in the United States attending college and then took a new turn after he divorced his wife and felt lonely without a women in his life, more specifically without someone to share his bed with him. This is in essence the story of the book that is the subject of the review, ‘The Company of Women’ by one of India’s most well-known and widely read authors, Khuswant Singh. Singh is well-known for his bold portrayal of the truth and in this case he has not let any Read more

Book Review: Inferno

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nferno is Dan Brown’s latest offering in the thriller/adventure genre. This is the fourth novel featuring the famous Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon as he tries to save his life as well as the world. If you are expecting the Da Vinci type fireworks, then you will be hugely disappointed. The book is good, but it is far from great. The reader will be tested in many places with a narrative that seems quite opposite to gripping. There are long instances of just historical ramblings which anyone with an interest can get from an encyclopaedia. But still, Brown does create some magic in certain places and carries forth a very important message for everyone in this book.   The plot as Read more