“Invisible People” by Harsh Mandar

​Harsh Mandar, a well-known activist, has today come across to me as an accomplished writer. His book Invisible People: Stories of Courage and Hope is a compendium of 12 stories of unknown faces who have struggled to exist, but their existence was so determined that it turned them into heroes. Here I am assuming their acknowledgement as …

“Hind Swaraj” by Gandhi

I accidentally happened to read Hind Swaraj by M. K. Gandhi yesterday. To be very frank, I am appalled with his thinking.  At times, it touches insanity: Railways are bad because it spreads famines; doctors are bad because they do vivisection; there is no real service to humanity in medical profession; lawyers are bad because …

“Sex, Drugs and Chocolate” by Paul Martin

​Let me start with a spoiler. If you are expecting a soft porn, ateast in the one-third of the book, you are in for a big disappointment. Rather, if you are already enjoying your life well enough, don’t even look at this book because after reading this book you may realize that what you were …

“Aarushi” by Avirook Sen

This is an unusual book because of the extra-ordinary courage with which it has been written. Indeed, the book exposes the corruption in the judiciary, the police and the society at large. Journalists and politicians have an advantage of knowing too much about too many things; some exploit this advantage for power, some for money, …

“Swaraj” by Arvind Kejriwal

Independence begins at the bottom… A society must be built in which every village has to be self sustained and capable of managing its own affairs… It will be trained and prepared to perish in the attempt to defend itself against any onslaught from without… This does not exclude dependence on and willing help from …

“An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire” by Arundhati Roy

First and foremost, I have an issue with the title of the book: An ordinary person in the Indian Subcontinent can’t afford a book costing Rs. 395; an ordinary person in the Indian Subcontinent can’t read English like a native language; and an ordinary person in the Indian Subcontinent won’t read the essays till they …