- Science and Technology books that have inspired us
We're starting off the new year on a different note this time. In this meetup, we will be discussing books on science and technology ranging from the history of scientific discoveries, core science topics like biology, physics, space exploration and other similar books that explain difficult science topics to non-scientists as well those which offer a view of the future. Some popular books on this theme are: Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem by Simon Singh Seventeen Equations that Changed the World by Ian Stewart and John Davey The Theory of Everything by Stephen Hawking Relativity: The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee Introducing Quantum Theory: A Graphic Guide by J. P. McEvoy and Oscar Zarate The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku The Radium Girls by Kate Moore We hope to see you there!
- Books about Christmas
We are ending the year with a Christmas themed meet up. 2018 has been a good year for the book club- interesting topics, new genres, more sharing of good books, great discussions and new well read members joining the book club. We feel cheerful and we want to spread the cheer. As book recommendations, here goes the list, A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens A Christmas Train - David Baldacci The 30 best Christmas books of all time https://medium.com/the-mission/the-30-best-christmas-books-of-all-time-c492c468051b Superman: Peace on Earth as there is no perfect time of the year for perfect murders, they can happen at christmas too, The Christmas murders- Jonathan Goodman Murder for Christmas- Francis Duncan The snowman by Raymond Briggs Snow – ted hughes Skipping Christmas- John Grisham Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
- Author Meetup with Srinivas Uppaluri
About the author: Srinivas Uppaluri is a proven mentor and advisor, and specializes in successfully navigating organisations towards strategic change, in nurturing strong customer relationships, providing thought leadership via innovative go-to-market approaches and campaigns, and in building sustainable capabilities. He is an accredited leadership coach who enables CEOs, CXOs, and business and functional heads to build leadership capabilities that align with their organization’s strategic goals. Srinivas Uppaluri was formerly the Global Head of Marketing at Infosys. Prior to that, as a management consultant with Andersen Business Consulting and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. In the course of his career, he has advised global corporations, governments, trade missions, public sector companies, privately held companies, and aid agencies. He’s the author of the book Switch : Sales Transformation for Strategic Advantage (published by Westland) In this meetup, we will discuss Mr Uppaluri's book "Switch: Sales Transformation for Strategic Advantage" Switch is focused on business-to-business sales transformation and promotes customer success as the key to the company’s success. Is your time of targeting in the customer’s best interest? How can you nurture the customer so that they are ready for your products and services? How will you deliver new value that the customer is not aware of and how do you support them in their decision-making? These are some of the concepts covered in this book. The approaches have been shared in fictional short story form and summarised through a section entitled Insight at the end of each story. The stories address three different dimensions that need to be addressed to transform any organisation’s sales: transformation of attitude and approach to customer, transformation of engagement with the customer and transformation of the management of sales process. More details of the book can be found here - https://www.amazon.com/Switch-Sales-Transformation-Strategic-Advantage/dp/9387578135
- The Adventures of Asterix and Tintin
For this meetup, we will be discussing two of our favourite graphic novel series from our childhood - Tintin and Asterix For those of us blessed with not having experienced either of these series before, The Adventures of Tintin is an adventure series set between the 1930s - 1960s in a fictitious western European location. The stories are centered around the titular character - Tintin the reporter and his trusty dog Snowy. In later books, other characters such as Thomson and Thompson, Captain Haddock, Professor Cuthbert Calculus make their appearance as well, with the colourful Captain Haddock becoming a series regular. The stories themselves span various genres such as adventure, spy, mystery, science fiction - all with a healthy dose of humour sprinkled in. The Adventures of Asterix book series on the other hand follows the hilarious and goofy adventures of Asterix the Gaul. Set in the year 50 B.C., the series follows the adventures of Asterix and his friend Obelix who live in the only Gaulish village which holds out against the Romans. The humour encountered in the Asterix comics often centers around puns, caricatures, and tongue-in-cheek stereotypes of contemporary European nations and French regions. The stories contain enough amusement and humour for the child and the adult alike. The books were originally written in French. If you do read the English version, be sure to pick up the British English translation. And if you have read these stories before, please join in the discussion and tell us about your favourite stories.
- Tales from the Mystical Middle East
The Middle East with its rich history, culture, colours has fascinated explorers, travellers, enthusiasts from all over. From the magical Pyramids of Egypt to the towering skyscrapers of Dubai, from the mystical Petra in Jordan to the bazaars, spices, tapestries of Turkey, from the soul-stirring holy shrines of Israel to the bone-chilling war ravaged lands of Syria, Middle East has innumerable fascinating stories that need to be told. Join us as we (intend to) fly in a magical carpet, dyed in pastel colours of the region, embellished with magical anecdotes, discussing books from the Middle East. A few recommendations include, In the Eye of the Sun by Ahdaf Soueif Arabia, The Guld and the West by B. J. Kelly Flight Against Time by Emily Nasrallah Suddenly, a Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret My Name is Salma and Willow Tress Don't Weep by Fadia Faqir Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco Prespolis and Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service by Michael Bar-Zohar, Nissim Mishal From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple One Thousand and One Nights Books by Elif Shafak and Orhan Pamuk from Turkey Books by Amos Oz and Davis Grossman from Israel Books by Naguib Mahfouz from Egypt
- Books celebrating and on India's Independence
Seventy-one years ago, when the whole world was sleeping, India woke to life and freedom after about several centuries of being tyrannised, battered and shackled. The struggle for a free nation was a fight that killed thousands, maimed millions, divided and united a nation. At seventy two, let's remember the heroes, praised and unsung, the martyrs, the fighters who lay down so that we could rise. This Independence month join us in discussing books written during the years of Indian Independence, about the lives of men then, about the struggles, about the sweet victory. Some of the recommendations include Books written by Saadat Hasan Manto Twilight in Delhi by Ahmed Ali Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapiere India Wins Freedom by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh Jinnah by Stanley Wolpert India Divided by Rajendra Prasad Liberty or Death by Patrick French India's Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra Pinjar by Amrita Pritam
- Books from countries that made it to FIFA'18 Quarters!
Football unites the world and the FIFA world cup is no less than a celebration that surpasses continents, religion and ethnicity. Holding onto the celebrations that concluded in Russia a month ago, crowning France as world champions for the next four years, a crazy yet interesting idea caught us at BBC and we've decided to read books from countries that qualified for the FIFA 2018 Quarter Finals. Let's read and discuss books set after the 20th century from Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, England, France, Russia, Sweden and Uruguay. A few recommendations include, The Adventures of Tintin by Georges Remi from Belgium The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson and other books by the same author from Sweden Astrid Lindgren, Selma Lagerlof and Thomas Transtromer from Sweden Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dosteveysky, Anton Chekhov from Russia Charles Dickens, Doris Lessing, Jules Verne, J K Rowling, Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan and Penelope Lively from England Alexandre Dumas, Anatole France, Balzac, Guy De Maupassant from France Paulo Coelho from Brazil The Violent Land by Jorge Amado from Brazil Passion According to G.H by Clarice Lispector from Brazil Symphony in White and The Crow by Adrianna Lisboa from Brazil S.: A story of Balkan by Slavenka Drakulic from Croatia Robert Galeno from Uruguay
- Literature in times of Repressive/Totalitarian Regimes
Literature during times of repression is the history of their times. The titles/authors recommended are: Boris Pasternak-Dr Zhivago Mikhail Bulgakov- The Master and Margarita Anatoly Rybakov-Children of the Arbat Milan Kundera- The Unbearable Lightness of being, Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The joke, Life is everywhere Chinese Writers- Yu Hua, Dai Sijie Persepolis Irene Nemirovsky- Francaise Suite Lebanese Writer- Elias Khoury Nigeria- Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche Adiche-Half of yellow sun Bankimchandra-Anand Math north Korea-James Church
- Stories from the Himalayas
In this meetup, we will be discussing stories set in the Himalayas. Some suggested reading are: Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy Fire on the mountain by Anita Desai The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai Books by Ruskin Bond Boats on Land by Janice Pariat Our Moon Also Has Blood Clots by Rahul Pandita Around the Hearth by K S Nongkynrih Blood on my Hands by Kishalay Bhattacharjee Himalaya by Michael Palin The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
- We are discussing works of Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl a powerhouse of a Writer has written several books for Children and Adult readers too, besides Movie Scripts, Jokes Book, Poems and books on the art of writing. Some of his popular titles are: The complete short stories Roald Dahl’s book of Ghost Stories The wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six The BFG-a set of Plays Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected Going Solo Fantastic Mr. Fox and other Animal Stories Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, & Charlie and the Glass Elevator, Matilda Madness Lust My Uncle Oswald Deception Roald Dahl collected stories Trickery Someone like you Over to you-Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying