Brajeshwar

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Books of 2024

WIP: Remains a work-in-progress for the year 2024.

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Kwaidan

My daughters are fascinated by strange things. Of course, the younger one is influenced by what her sister does. Five years ago, the elder one asked me to get Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn. I started reading it, and left it. This year, I decided to finish reading the stories. Kwaidan (怪談) is a 1904 ghost storybook that features several Japanese ghost stories. It gave birth to the Oscar®-nominated 1964 Japanese anthology horror film, Kwaidan by Masaki Kobayashi. It was a quick read and easy to sneak in between other books and finish off in a couple of days.

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Little Women is a coming-of-age semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott. The story is loosely based the lives of the author and her three sisters. It details their passage from childhood to womanhood. The novel address three major themes — domesticity, work, and true love, all of them interdependent.

Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie.

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The Power of Future Machines: Essays on Artificial Intelligence by Rajiv Malhotra, TN Sudarshan, and Manogna Sastry. This is one of those book that I usually read when nothing was around. I bought it while waitiing for a friend to catch up over tea. The book is a collection of snippets, interviews, and rambling from people who some relationship with Artificial Intelligence. Anyways, who isn’t these days! Stored and kept, and won’t read it again. Personally, it is just not my type of book.

The TATAS: How a Family Built a Business and a Nation by Girish Kuber, and English translation by Vikrant Pande. This was a quick and fast read for me. The book is not Walter Isaacson style writing of a person or a family, but more of a time-series snapshots of the family of the TATAS business empire. An interesting read-it-once book.

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