Book Reading

Used up my credit card’s vouchers for a massage session on my birthday. Its been a long time since i went for one and since i was getting a good discount, i took it up. It was quite relaxing and felt, i needed one 😉 After which, met up a couple of friends for lunch. Of all the places, we hopped into a Bangladeshi restaurant. Ya, its my first time ever. But, the food was simply fabulous. The dal, chicken and fish were very tasty. Ended up wondering, how come i never ate in a Bangla restaurant even though i have been staying in Singapore for the past 7 years now.

world is flat

Went shopping after lunch and since i felt i had to reward myself, walked into a bookstore. Browsed through and my eyes fell on a book that i had been wanting to read for a long long time. “The world is flat – Thomas Friedman”. Had been reading quite a few good reviews of the book. So thought of picking up something to keep myself occupied till my India trip when iam going to raid a few bookshops in Hyderabad. I have quite a few books on the top of my mind that i want to buy on my India trip cos books are freakin costly here in Singapore. These are the few iam looking out for:

The Intelligent Investor – Benjamin Graham
The Reluctant fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid
The Kaoboys of R&AW – B Raman
City of Djinns – William Dalrymple

There are so many books that i have bought and am yet to read them. Another superb book that i would recommend anytime is “Undercover Economist” by Tim Harford. The book is in one word. Magnificient. The author also writes some superb articles under the heading “Dear Economist” in the Financial Times website.

undercover economist

If anyone of you has read any of the mentioned books and has any comments about them, please do write. Sometimes i wish, the day had more than 24 hours. There is so much to do and so less time.



  1. I’m a fan of Thomas Friedman myself. I think his best work is really From Beirut to Jerusalem. The World is Flat is pretty entertaining and builds on many of the ideas he first brought up in The Lexus and the Olive Tree (which was itself a brilliant book and the first of Friedman’s I ever read).

    Tim Harford’s book is quite good. If you want something similar, Robert Frank has a book called The Economic Naturalist that’s quite similar but more straightforward in that it examines the economic reasons for otherwise ordinary things.

  2. Liju Philip says:

    Brian, thanks. Will try to lookout for the books you have mentioned. Cheers.

  3. William Dalrymple’s City of Djinns is a very interesting read, not too heavy as The Last Mughal. It is a book about Delhi, I live in Delhi and yet there were things I learnt about the city from the book. A review of the book is among my drafts on wordpress, only lazy me does not finish it. 😦

    There was a play recently staged on City of Djinns in Delhi starring Zohra Sehgal and Tom Alter. I heard it was as good.

    The Reluctant fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid is on my wish list too. Don’t care much about finance and economics books though. 😦

  4. lazybug says:

    I haven’t read any of those books. Heard good reviews about The World is Flat and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Tim Harford is good too.

    But when you are in Hyderabad, visit the Crosswords store in City Center, Banjara Hills. I am sure you’ll find most of those books there.

  5. Liju Philip says:

    Poonam, thanks. Actually i had read Aamir Khan’s blog and he too had written some good review of the book “City of Djinns”. Would love to read a detailed review from you.

    Thanks Akhil. Actually, i had been wanting to ask you about the bookshops. You read my mind 😉

  6. Reema Sahay says:

    Thank you for dropping by on my blog. And therefore I discoverd your blog. You seem to be totally into Non Fiction, with a lot of Business books too.
    I have read The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Good one and very fresh writing style. I have The Undercover Economist. I bought it a long time back. I even started it but I don’t even remember why I left it midway, since I liked whatever I read. I need to go back to it one of these days.
    The thing is I buy way more than I can possibly read. I have some amazing gems on my bookshelf but aah! not enough time!

  7. Liju Philip says:

    Oh ya, i cant seem to bring myself to read fiction. I rather watch a movie made on the book 😉 You have a great collection there too. Maybe i will find some interesting from your bookshelf and read them myself.

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