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Thursday, 10 November 2016

One line reviews by people who clearly hadn't read the books - Part IV

This is the fourth Part in a series we are doing of one-line reviews of Books - where the reviewer has clearly not actually read the Book itself. This is, let it be noted, an exercise in humour, and no author sentiments, cats, or country musicians are intended to be harmed.

The first Part of this series, along with a detailed introductory note, can be found here:


All entries are by me except where indicated.



31. Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh is the grammarian’s definitive collection of oxymorons


32. Emma is a book by the English Prophetess Jane Austen who predicted the rise of one of India’s most charismatic female politicians. Given her prophetic abilities, she may be forgiven for mis-spelling ‘Amma’. [KarthikLakshminarayan]


    33. In Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri tells the poignant story of a Techie who interprets computer error messages and goes on a cyber quest to find missing drivers, only to be disillusioned with his life’s work and switch to a Mac. [Aindrila Roy]



34. Truman Capote does such a brilliant job of describing the milieu in his critically-acclaimed Breakfast at Tiffany’s that for the time you are reading the novella, you feel as though you are seated at Triphani Anna’s bustling Udipi hotel sipping on his world-famous in India filter coffee. [Ravi Kumar]


35. The Lord of the Rings is JRR Tolkein’s biography of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, focusing on his career as a professional wrestler and tenure as champion.


      36. The World of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin is a harrowing look at the effects of climate change.


37. The Song of Ice and Fire by the same author is a set of lyrics for the Broadway musical based on the above.


38. The Road by Cormac McCarthy brings much needed relief to Civil Engineers whose primary area of work is road construction. The simplicity with which he has handled the complex aspects involved in laying down a perfect roadway is guaranteed to bring greater efficiency in this industry. [Ravi Kumar]


39.  The Unbearable Lightness of being may have a title that is all jumbled up but as Milan Kundera's account of that phase of his life where he went from weighing 120kgs to 65kgs in just three months, the book is not only laudable but also very inspiring. Mind you, this is not just another book giving tips on weight loss. Kundera also addresses weight gain with equal importance. Truly remarkable I must say. [Ravi Kumar]


40. The Hungry Tide is a fearless piece of journalism by Amitav Ghosh exposing the aggressive tactics used by the Laundry Detergent and Fabric Care Products division of Proctor and Gamble. [Ravi Kumar]




Friday, 28 October 2016

One line reviews by people who clearly hadn't read the books - Part III

This is the third Part in a series we are doing of one-line reviews of Books - where the reviewer has clearly not actually read the Book itself. This is, let it be noted, an exercise in humour, and no author sentiments, cats, or country musicians are intended to be harmed.

The first Part of this series, along with a detailed introductory note, can be found here:


All entries are by me except where indicated.



21. Adam Bede is George Eliot’s very colonial look at the Catholic Church’s attempts to infiltrate the beedi-manufacturing industry in pre-independence India.



22. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo is an excellent essay on fairness creams. [Ravi Kumar]



23. In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens captures, in eloquent prose, each and every nail-biting moment of IPL Season 8, Match 32, Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders [Ravi Kumar]



24. Midnight’s Children is Salman Rushdie’s startling biography of a night-shift nurse working in the neo-natal ward. [Aindrila Roy]


25. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy is a religious discourse on the topology of Gods based on their sizes [Anirban Nanda]


26. Oliver Twist is Charles Dickens’ biography of the erstwhile choreographer whose twisted leg brought a tragic end to his career. [Aindrila Roy]


27. Fury by Salman Rushdie sees The Incredible Hulk making his first appearance in literary fiction. [Ravi Kumar]


28. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris is an instructional book about teaching your lamb how to meditate for world peace [Archana Sarat]


29. The Fault in our Stars is a treatise by John Green on the life of Galileo Galilei, and how he challenged the geocentric view of the solar system, leading to his being persecuted and tried by the Church [Rahul Rao]

30. Kim by Rudyard Kipling is an ominous future-fic predicting the fate of North Korea.

For entries from 31-40 in this series, click here.