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    Quote Originally Posted by wellAlbidarned View Post
    spoiler - it's got 3 pages of me explaining how phlegm is a ****
    alcohol was involved i assume?

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    This Article is similar to one in the Movie thread about terrible reviews.

    I must admit in the film one and this one amongst the idiocy I agree with some of it.

    I mean I just can't read Ulyssees, ewven though I've tried. Sorry
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    Read Surface Detail and The Hydrogen Sonata by the late Iain Banks over the last week or so. Not the best of his Culture novels, but still entertaining and enjoyable.

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    Have never liked complex universes with too many characters. Prefer a well told story about the lives of a few people. With too many, character development and soliloquies become rare and difficult.

    For example, have always found The Hobbit to be a better read than LOTR.
    If you were that old, and that kind, and the very last of your kind, you couldn't just stand back and watch children cry.


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    Weird comparison when you list character development as one of the distinguishing traits tbh
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    Haha, yeah, you can barely call the "characters" in The Hobbit, or LOTR, as characters at all.

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    There really are no female characters with any internal lives in those books. There are a few characters that are developed but most are relatively cardboard. If anything, those books are the perfect examples of "complex universes" - I mean the dude created whole languages and a mythical history of the planet....
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    Recently finished reading India after Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha. Recommended reading for those interested in Indian history post independence, a period that is not touched in school text books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ankitj View Post
    Recently finished reading India after Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha. Recommended reading for those interested in Indian history post independence, a period that is not touched in school text books.
    This is an outstanding book. Have read it front-to-back several times. Also, pretty sure I was taught a fair bit about Indian history in high school in CBSE, at least. I remember studying the Mandal commission and the emergency at least. Not at length though, of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teja. View Post
    This is an outstanding book. Have read it front-to-back several times. Also, pretty sure I was taught a fair bit about Indian history in high school in CBSE, at least. I remember studying the Mandal commission and the emergency at least. Not at length though, of course.
    What's your age, again?

    Many of us went to school in the previous century so a lot may have changed

    EDIT: And as far as Mandal commission is concerned, I am old enough to have memories of the events when they occurred. I did not know much of the period from Independence to when VP Singh became PM.

    Edit 2: One criticism of the book can be that it dedicates far too many pages on the Nehruvian era and much fewer on latter eras. In particular, rise of militancy in Punjab and India's role in Sri Lankan civil war were glossed over quickly. Would have liked a chapter on each.
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    Huge fan of Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder. The Orange Girl and the Ringmaster's Daughter being favourites atm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ankitj View Post
    Recently finished reading India after Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha. Recommended reading for those interested in Indian history post independence, a period that is not touched in school text books.
    Quote Originally Posted by Teja. View Post
    This is an outstanding book. Have read it front-to-back several times. Also, pretty sure I was taught a fair bit about Indian history in high school in CBSE, at least. I remember studying the Mandal commission and the emergency at least. Not at length though, of course.

    I did the state school thing and I was very young but I rarely if ever saw anything post independence. And what little I saw was extremely biased. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll have to buy it.



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