"Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it. ~ Novelist Jeanette Winterson

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

7 Secrets of the Goddess

Last month, before Diwali, I was browsing through the shelves of one of the famous stores in the mall. I chanced upon this book and wanted to pick up a copy as I found the book to have some interesting facts. But since it was past the billing time, I could not pick up a copy.But I was very lucky to receive this from Blogadda for review!

This book authored by Devdutt Pattanaik, attempts in unlocking the secrets of our ancestors by bringing into light the meanings of the stories,symbols and rituals of the Goddess.

There are seven chapters titled
  1. Gaia's secret[Greek Goddess]
  2. Kali's secret
  3.  Gauri's secret
  4.  Durga's secret
  5.  Lakshmi's secret
  6.  Saraswathi's secret
  7.  Vitthai's secret
In each of these chapters, the author talks about the balance of male and female entities in the society. It flows through each society, through the Gods and Goddesses and through various cultures and countries.

And with that the book talks of how the women were in the prime position in the society long back and how men emerged to come to the forefront though the ages.

What I liked the most is the pictures / paintings and sketches on each page. For every topic on the page, there is a reference pic on the left hand page.

It was so interesting to see some rare and unusual pics and photos and it impressed me a lot.There are no stories actually, but something more of facts from the various scriptures and other sources.

Read more about the book here...

Happy Browsing....

Saturday, November 1, 2014

God is a Gamer

When Blogadda sent me this book for review, I had very high expectations. I have already read and reviewed Ravi Subramanian's Bankster and it was a very thrilling and 'hard to put down' read.I expected nothing less from his current novel.As I started reading this book, I was convinced that the book would live up to my expectations.

The story line starts with a prologue -the the meeting between the President of Master Card International and the CEO of Visa International.And this happens in  2009 in New York, where some important decisions are charted out.

l story starts with the murder of Gillian Tan in Washington DC while on his way to meet the President who also happens to be his pal. From there the story travels to New Delhi,Mumbai, Goa,New York,Rio and back and forth between these places and more.

The story revolves around the world of bitcoins, a relatively new term for many of us.It is a sort of digital currency that was founded in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto. And more importantly it can be transferred from one person to another at the click of a button without the intervention of any financial institution.

The book has quite a few characters all playing a powerful part in sculpting the story.

Read more of the story which has a whole lot of twists and turns here....

Happy browsing....