Over the past three months, my reading schedule had depleted due to multiple personal commitments. But, I still managed to read four books during the period.
#4: “The Ocean of Churn: How the Indian Ocean Shaped Human History” by Sanjeev Sanyal is a very interesting read. It provided insight into the evolution of landscape since the ages but it most importantly talks about the trade, the basic essence of human survival with Indian Ocean acting as a hub and multiple countries around the world its spokes. A must read not just for the economics but for the geographical understanding.
#5: “When Breath becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi. This book had been on my wishlist for way too long but the moment I set myself to read was also the moment I cursed myself to have delayed it so long. The book is excellent in every sense. No discredit to Paul Kalanithi but the foreword by Dr. Abraham Varghese is a masterpiece in itself. Please do read this.
#6: “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee is a family saga set extended over a period of approx. 60 years where four generations of a family survived, existed, dominated but eventually lost their identity in a land away from home where war is evolved from a daily affair in an outside world to being within one own self.
#7: “The Noise of Time” by Julian Barnes is written with a strange sense of approval. Set during the time of Stalin’s era and post his time where musicologists and the art is heavily controlled by The Power. The book is very small for a historical but as they say commonly about great books, the message is hidden between the lines. I could strangely explore those messages and each sentence felt magical for me. Read this but most importantly think about it beyond the context of the book.