Review: From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness

From Science to God: A Physicist's Journey into the Mystery of ConsciousnessFrom Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness by Peter Russell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s a path-breaking book for me. The initial chapters are a pure gem and it gave me a completely new perspective towards everything. When we say ‘life as we see it’, you never know how limited that ‘seeing’ is. Linking science to God is not easy, especially when those are considered as opposite poles by current world view. Peter Russell’s transition is almost seamless. I would stress on the word ‘almost’ because the chapters on consciousness to God were mainly based on Author’s own experiences with meditation and his journey to east. There weren’t enough on those topics to convince me to go along with the author’s views. I will go with a four for this one. This may not be a go-to book for those who seek the ultimate meaning of life and everything, but the book can point towards the right direction.

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Review: Freakonomics

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

10 years back someone gifted me Freakonomics and ever since this had been on my TBR list. I read it, may be a chapter or so, 5 years back but never finished the whole book. So now when I read it, I realize that the 10 years younger ‘me’ would have read it and assimilated it in a different way than the now ‘me’. With age, the way you see book changes. The younger ‘me’ would have given a rating of 3 saying most of the things lacked relevance in my life and the now ‘me’ appreciate the gem of the book for what it is and is gonna give a rating of 5

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Review: Adulthood Is a Myth

Adulthood Is a Myth
Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The beauty of this book is I read ‘Adulthood is a myth’ with a newborn and a screaming preschooler around and still find it totally relatable. Every strip of cartoon would bring a smile to your face. I would recommend it to all the girls around who likes to see how their thoughts echoed on cartoon strips. It is a quick read and will be done in two hours tops. Cartoons are always my favorite and I go with a four star for this one.

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Review: Divergent

Divergent
Divergent by Veronica Roth

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When you are not charmed by neither the plot nor the main lead of a celebrated YA series, the verdict is in the air, ‘Age is catching up’. Initially the book gave me vibes of Hunger Games but few pages down the line, the initial appeal waned drastically. There were times, when I was too bored to read the lead’s monologues. It might be interesting for young readers with a healthy dose of virgin-girl-tough-guy scenes sprinkled with a bit of violence. Turns out that this series is clearly not my type. Not planning to read the second and third part of the book. Adios. May be will catch up with the movie.

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Review: Men Explain Things to Me

Men Explain Things to Me
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not an euphoria inducing read, it is something very grounded on facts. It will get you form a much needed perspective on feminism without going overboard. The amazing paintings of Ana Teresa Fernandez is worth checking out after reading the book. The Nirbhaya Rape Case of Delhi has been mentioned many times in the book. The subsequent outrage and the overall awakening in the society and media, have found a mention in a book authored by an American Writer. That’s worth mentioning.

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Review: The High Mountains of Portugal

The High Mountains of Portugal
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Why would you pick a Yann Martel? The answer is simple, You are a Pi fan. Here is the verdict, don’t pick up The High Mountains of Portugal, expecting a life of Pi 2. Well, I fell for the Ape part of the book description.
The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 is the lengthiest but still sounded interesting to me (almost)till the end. I loved the starting and the curious case of back-walker kept my interest going. Second part – I skipped most of the pages because of the, spoiler ahead, detailed description of the an autopsy which the author describes it as magical realism in one of his talks. But I found it difficult to read (blame the postpartum hormones). Third Part – If you skip majority of second part, the subsequent one is bound to be confusing and I have no intention to blame the author for this confusion. To sum it up, I ended up eating the dish, half cooked. Would go ahead with a 3 for the book(Why not, Even though I messed up reading this book, the author is a Man Booker prize winner :)).

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Review: Outliers: The Story of Success

Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the best non fic I have ever read. It’s not a simple read, took me almost three months to finish it off. The good part is it helped me divert my mind and kept it engaged during a time when I most needed it. The ponderous nature of the chapters did slow me down in the beginning. But once you get the flavor of the book, its difficult to pull away from the charm.
Each chapter, unique in its own might, points to an ‘controvertible’ truth, the real ‘story’ of successes and how the factors beyond our choosing make a difference to that story. I was constantly reminded of the term ‘fate’ in my head throughout the narration of the book. Quite a gem of a book it is and I would go with a rating of 4 for this one.

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