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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Some stories are written in such a way that their words penetrate your skin to go straight through to your bones and into the very marrow of your being. As soon as I read the first two pages of thi…

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Evading the Shadows by Rajesh Iyer

Often expectations get set even before the first page of the book is opened. Usually the attempt to give an idea of what the book is about using marketing blurbs, the genre of the book, the cover o…

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Indian Quills Reading Challenge

I have decided to participate in this challenge as I love to read Indian writing. I think this will be a great opportunity to discover more Indian writers and also spread the word about my favourite Indian writers. I think about one book a month so 12 books will be my target for this challenge.

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August 27, 2012 · 10:27 pm

Umberto Eco’s “Foucault’s Pendulum”

The story is fairly simple. Three editors, very smart bordering on genius, read esoteric material for their publisher. They read books by people they have dubbed “Diabolicals”.  These diabolicals write about secret societies over the ages. Templars, Illuminati, Rosicruscians, Masons, Neo Templars, Jesuits, everyone features in these books. There are mystical ceremonies,  initiation rites,  many unbalanced, bordering on crazy, characters. In the midst of all these magical, mystical things Belbo, Diotallevi and Casaubon are the only sane voices. And then they decide to have some fun with all the vast information they have gathered on all these cults over the years. And we all know how that usually turns out, just harmless fun.

For me the redeeming feature of this book was its climax. The entire story is told in flashback right before the climactic moment. The book is a tough read unless the reader has in depth knowledge of history, religion, and the cultic societies. I say tough because it isn’t that the storyline is hard to follow without this knowledge, you always know where the story is headed and it has an extremely elegant climax. But reading this book without having at least some background in mathematics, history, religion, templars etc is like walking down a path with a scenic view, in the fog. You can grope your way home but the beautiful vistas are forever lost to you. 

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Hello world!

A few years ago I created a blog but could not muster the discipline to post as regularly as I should have. So now I am trying again and this time I have a less vague goal in mind. This will be my place to think out loud about the books that I read. This is less review and more thoughts, ideas, musings about books, in which you all are welcome to chime in.

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