Travel writing

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The Shadow of the Sun (My African Life) by Ryszard Kapuściński

I love reading travel books and have often wonder if there is a book that could write about the whole continent. A diverse continent like Africa. I’m glad to say I found one, it’s this book. Kapuściński has been visiting Africa as a journalist since 1957 right before Africa is swept with a wave of … Continue reading

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

At least 10 years ago, I have always wanted to read this book. In April 1992, after he graduated with a first in college, Chris McCandless set off alone into the Alaskan wild. He gave all his savings ($24,000) to Oxfam, abandoned his car and his possessions, and burnt the money in his wallet, determined … Continue reading

Meeting Mr Kim: Korea Travelogue

The North-South divide has been going on for 50 years. Over the last 50 years, the South has progressed by leaps and bounds and the North is still at its medieval existence of famine and oppression. It is strange to know, at least for me, that for the people who gave us Samsung, LG gadgets, … Continue reading

An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington

I admit in the process of aging I lost my sense of humour. So when someone told me about how hilarious ‘An Idiot Abroad’ was when it was on air in Britain’s Sky TV in 2010, I was sceptical. Until I watch series 1 this summer and then series 2 a month ago. The show … Continue reading

Desert Divers by Sven Lindqvist

Little known to many, my guilty pleasure is reading travelogues and travel books. I stumbled upon this book and thought it would be a great companion to a trip to the desert. It is part biography, part historical, part travel, part confession sort of a book. The book is arranged in short chapters and the … Continue reading

Eat, Pray, Love : Elizabeth Gilbert (7 Feb – 7 March reading along with friends)

Some hate it, some absolutely love it. Some agonise over the fact that this was made into a movie, and some love it. Whatever it is people sit up and take notice of this book. I’m persuaded to read this book a second time around after my first review of the book; written in 2 April … Continue reading

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?

You may have noticed that I am on a bit of review slump these past 3 weeks. I reviewed almost every book I read except manuals and guidebooks of course, and with 4 books in queue, I was getting a bit pressurised. All is well, once I start, I can’t stop. First up is this … Continue reading

October: Wrap-up post

 This month is an embarrassing month for me. So embarrassing that I probably shouldn’t have blog about it in the first place. 😦 I only finished 3 books and I love all of them: Yalo by Elias Khoury  The History of Love, Nicole Krauss  The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Yukio Mishima I thought I … Continue reading

I went on a Spring holiday (Bristol and Belfast)

This post has got nothing to do with book reviews. You guys have been a great sport, I thought I share some pictures which took my breath away while I was away on a short holiday from 11 to 14 April 2010. Bristol, England, was a beautiful city, with maginificient churches, town halls and university. But it was the … Continue reading

Red Dust by Ma Jian

In 1983, a China where Deng Xiao Ping inroduced economic reform and clamping down on “Spiritual Pollution”. Ma Jian turned 30. Ma Jian was a propaganda photographer. With his long hair, jeans and artistic friends, he was put under surveillance from his work unit and the police. His ex-wife Guo Ping is seeking custody of their … Continue reading


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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)