- Books set in Wartime
Hello All, This time we'll be discussing stories - fictional or real - set in a war time setting. Since the two World Wars have been discussed quite a bit in the past, this time around, we'd like to focus on wars other than the two. As with the previous two meetups, we'll be hosting this one on Skype. Details of the Skype meeting room will be sent to attendees shortly before the actual time. Cheers!
- TV/Web series based on books
Web series are the latest craze in popular culture. Join us to discuss web series based on books and the issues with transforming books to a web or tv series. Does it work better than book to film ? Should the creators stay true to the content of the book? How do audiences differ and what changes need to be made keeping them in mind. What about a series where the series writers have to skip ahead of the author ? This will be a virtual meetup. We have decided to continue with Skype as our favoured platform. Link to the meet will be shared closer to the date with those confirming participation.
- Reading in the times of Covid
We have not been able to meet for a very long time and would like to move to virtual meetups to stay connected. Our first attempt will be on Skype on Saturday,the 23rd of May at 5:00 pm. Link will be shared with those who RSVP. The last couple of months have been a stressful time for all of us, with adjusting to new ways of life, work, isolation, separation from family. We understand that people may not have been able to read much under the circumstances. Hence we are keeping the meetup freeform - talk about anything you are reading currently or even any book you like. Looking forward to catching up.
- Spy vs Spy!
This time we will be discussing books on spy (fiction). Some books that we've read, like and recommend are: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le John le Carré Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth Mossad by Zig Ziglar James Bond series by Ian Flemming The Quiet American by Graham Greene We hope to see you there!
- Remembering Indian Freedom Struggle
On the occasion of Independence Day, lets read and discuss books describing the Indian Independence Struggle. Some interesting books are: A Flag, A Song, and A Pinch of Salt, by Subhadra Sen Gupta 2. India Wins Freedom: The Complete Version, by Abul Kalam Azad 3. India’s Struggle for Independence, by Bipin Chandra, Mridula Mukherjee, Aditya Mukherjee Sucheta Mahajan, KN Pannikar 4. Tamas -Bhisham Sahani 5.A Train to Pakistan-Khushwant Singh 6. Kanthapura-Raja Rao 7. Gora-Rabindranath Tagore 8. Premchand – Godan 9. Aanchal Malhotra- Remanants of Separation more details about the venue are- Imli Cafe, #204, 5th Main 7th Cross, Indiranagar 1st Stage, Banglore.
- Discuss books written by Korean Authors
Sehun, our member from Korea will moderate this meet up. Sehun is an organizer of a Book club meet up in Korea. And he recommends the following book titles: 1) Three Generations: is Korea's most important works of Fiction published in 1931 as a serial in Chosun IIbo, charts the tension in the Jo family in the 1930's Japanese occupied Seoul. 2) Suffering of Two Generations: presents a man who lost an arm during World war II and his only son who returns home from the Korean War, having lost his leg. Yet the simplicity of the man and his son, who accept their tragedy as a fate to be overcome, affirms the possibility of rejuvenation. 3) Our Twisted Hero: When the 12 year old narrator of Our Twisted Hero moves to a small town and enrolls in the local school, he is confident that his big city sophistication will establish him as a natural hero. 4)On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle: From the New York Times best selling author of Ghost Soldiers and in the Kingdom of Ice, a chronicle of the extraordinary feats of heroism by Marines called on to do the impossible during the greatest battle of the Korean War. 5) Forgotten Valor: A novel of the Korean War is a visceral work of historic fiction covering the first 3 months of America's forgotten war. If you like under examined military history, gritty details and soldiers' perspectives , then you'll love Richard Thomas Lane's story of Courage under fire.
- Historical books from South east Asia
In this meetup we will be discussing books on the history of countries from South East Asia as we open up these Series, we are discussing books written on the history of Sri Lanka - our neighbor, who was in the eye of the storm right now and effectively and speedily dealt with a terror attach. For which the world applauded them. This meet up will be moderated by Col. Rajesh Jasial, our long time member and who knows Sri Lanka from very close quarters as he was a part of the Indian Peace keeping force contingent. I assure you this will be a Great meet up.
- Demystify Mystery!
Do you remember donning the detective's hat, a cape perhaps, chancing upon a magnifying glass and then breaking into a run through your house and backyard and neighbourhood, seeking clues, solving them to finally putting it all together and then nabbing the culprit! Yes, being a detective and a mighty good one has had each of us fascinated from a very long time. Wasn't it the secret ambition we all harboured? The mysterious lives of detectives, their adventures have had our heads spinning always. And reading books on detectives fuelled our desires. Love them or hate them, or continue to read them, detective fiction are the most loved books of all. Be it travelling along with the Belgian genius, Poirot, or keenly observing along with Miss Marple, or never matching up to Sherlock, or travelling through the hills of North Bengal with Felu Da, devouring cucumber sandwiches with the Famous Five and discussing it all, detective fiction is the quintessential adrenaline rush we all love. And to celebrate the adventure, BBC is organising the next book club meet on detective fiction. Join readers as they walk down memory lane, discussing it all. Come and demystify mystery.
- discuss books written on Bangalore-Non Fiction or Fiction
Most of us came to Bangalore city by choice though some of us were born here. Bangalore has been known by various names- Pensioner's Paradise, Garden City, Silicon Valley, etc. How much do we know about the city that we call Home? So we chose to read about Bangalore and the books are: Askew – a short biography of Bangalore- T.J.S George Multiple City- Writings on Bangalore- Aditi De Bengaluru in the First Person- Mahesh Bhat Bangalore - Peter Colaco Past and Curious- Stanley Carvalho Bangalored -The Expat Story- Eshwar Sundareshan The Lilac House-Anita Nair Cut like a wound- Anita Nair Ooru tales- our favourite books based in Bangalore. Ghachar Ghochar- Vivek Shanbhagh Lunatic in my head- Anjum Hasan The cosmopolitans, - Anjum Hasan Children’s books- the Riddle of the Seventh Stone- Monideepa Sahu Promise of the Metropolis: Bangalore’s Twentieth Century- Janaki Nair Brown sahib er bari-Satyajit ray The Lost Girl-Sangu Mandanna Bangalore Baloney – Thomas Itty My Days in the Underworld- Rise of the Bangalore Mafia-Agni Sreedhar The Devadasi and the saint- The Life and Times of Bangalore Nagarathnamma-v sriram So much of literature abounds this ever changing city that i expect the discussions will be quite animated and interesting. We are meeting on the grounds opposite the State Central library housed in the Cubbon Park, opposite UB City/Coffee day Lounge. Please be on time as we have to make best of the daylight. You need to bring a mat and mosquito repellent. once there you can call[masked] to know where we are.
- 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!