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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:46 am

List your favorite books with reasons why you like them

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Post by charvaka on Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:17 am

It's hard to list just a few books. Here are a few that come to mind immediately, in no particular order.

  • Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. For its sweeping thesis that neatly explains much of human development since the dawn of civilization.
  • The History of the World by HG Wells. For its broad but brief (and necessarily superficial) view of the history of our species.
  • A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. For a wonderful portrayal of India at a critical time in his modern history.
  • The Karamazov Brothers by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. For his excellent storytelling and the elaborate sidetracks (e.g. the discussion between the two brothers about god and the Holy Inquisition)
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. For the treatment of the conditions of the ordinary people, and the portrayal of some excellent characters.
  • Kanyasulkam by Gurajada Apparao. For its loving but brutally honest portrayal of our society and its malpractices.
  • The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan. For its excellent treatment of the most common "supernatural phenomena" cited by people.
  • The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell. For its comprehensive and approachable treatment of some difficult subject matter.
  • The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley. For its unconventional but mostly on-point take on the nature of progress, innovation and prosperity.

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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:57 am

Fiction: Great Expectations by Dickens -- to tell you why is not possible. I just do.

Non-Fiction: The Autobiography of Mark Twain -- favorite potty-time book of all time! Smile

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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:43 am

Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

The Ring (story of a German girl during ww2, forgot the author)

Master of the Game by Sydney Sheldon

Diary of Anne Frank

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Re: Your Favourite Books/Best Books

Post by chameli on Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:20 am

Richard Hed wrote:Fiction: Great Expectations by Dickens -- to tell you why is not possible. I just do.

Non-Fiction: The Autobiography of Mark Twain -- favorite potty-time book of all time! Smile

Why you would like India haters like Mark Twain is beyond me !

whilst sitting on the potty ? yewww

remind me never to shake hands with you

dont gift me that book either pirat

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Post by Guest on Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:42 am

chameli wrote:
Richard Hed wrote:Fiction: Great Expectations by Dickens -- to tell you why is not possible. I just do.

Non-Fiction: The Autobiography of Mark Twain -- favorite potty-time book of all time! Smile

Why you would like India haters like Mark Twain is beyond me !

whilst sitting on the potty ? yewww

remind me never to shake hands with you

dont gift me that book either pirat

1. Mark Twain was an equal opportunity hater, IMO and that's not the creiteria I used to pick my favorite book. Doesn't have to be yours. Please respond to the OP's question if you want to really add to this thread.

2. *shudder* I won't shake your hand - so don't worry; relax maadi.

3. I see your CHandle against "Latest Posts" on every thread - what's with the urge to respond to every thread though you have nothing worthwhile to add? Kyon?!

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Post by chameli on Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:15 am

and my handle bugs you, dickie ?

no maadi only shaadi

bolo ...dump the betrothed ... Razz

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Post by MaxEntropy_Man on Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:48 pm

you read AA? wow!

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Post by Propagandhi711 on Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:22 pm

penthouse. and smack the person that said ayn rand.

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Post by Guest on Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:34 pm

Propagandhi711 wrote:smack the person that said ayn rand.

hey?!

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Re: Your Favourite Books/Best Books

Post by Mr. T on Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:10 am

Dummy's guide to Java 2
Dummy's guide to java 4
JSP in a nutshell....

More to continue...

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Post by chameli on Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:43 am

Ayn Rand is taboo for me

sigh !

sad to say havent read anything lately except thumbed through a few People and US magazines

he he speaks for my intellectual level doesn't it ?

Mr T you sure lead a very exciting life !

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Post by Mr. T on Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:48 am

chameli wrote:Ayn Rand is taboo for me

sigh !

sad to say havent read anything lately except thumbed through a few People and US magazines

he he speaks for my intellectual level doesn't it ?

Mr T you sure lead a very exciting life !

Why is Ayn Rand a taboo ?

You have no idea what a adventurous life I lead... I am Indiana jones finding my way through the dungeons of Object oriented programming..

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Post by Guest on Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:50 am

Mr. T wrote:Dummy's guide to Java 2
Dummy's guide to java 4
JSP in a nutshell....

More to continue...

you stopped at 4? Evil or Very Mad

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Post by Guest on Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:52 am

Mr. T wrote:You have no idea what a adventurous life I lead... I am Indiana jones finding my way through the dungeons of Object oriented programming..

yeah, and you are doomed if you are stuck with a guy who loves Decorators, and you still can't find your way out of them.

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Post by Mr. T on Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:57 am

Tracy Whitney wrote:
Mr. T wrote:Dummy's guide to Java 2
Dummy's guide to java 4
JSP in a nutshell....

More to continue...

you stopped at 4? Evil or Very Mad

Didn't I say..more to continue !!!?

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Re: Your Favourite Books/Best Books

Post by harharmahadev on Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:13 pm

5 good books that come to mind:

Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka

Gang Leader for a Day - Sudhir Venkatesh

Lessons of History - Will Durant

Freakonomics - Steve Levitt

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Re: Your Favourite Books/Best Books

Post by MulaiAzhagi on Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:56 am

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance

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