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Book Review: The Man Within My Head

Book: The Man Within My Head

Author: Pico Iyer

Pages: 245

Publisher: Penguin India

ISBN: 0307387569

The book "The Man Within My Head" by Pico Iyer begins with the declaration: "there is another within me". The book sets out to explore the influence of English writer Graham Greene in the field of literature and his role in influencing Iyer's literary sensibilities. Little wonder then that the book is smartly juxtaposed with contrasting views of Iyer and Greene. The title is seemingly borrowed from his literary father's work "The Man Within".

The theme of self-exploration as a literary device, is used well. It is also an attempt to examine the concept of dislocation. There is absolutely no doubt that this book is a reflection for Pico Iyer which is laced with fine prints which make it an absolute delight to read. It helps the reader in understanding facets of Graham Greene. Despite its underlined theme being discovery, the book ventures into a territory w…

Book Review: The Big Short

Title: The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine

Author: Michael Lewis

Genre: Finance

Pages: 266

Publisher: W.W. Norton and Company 

ISBN: 9781846142574

The 2010 non-fiction book "The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine" by Michael Lewis is about the run up towards the housing and credit bubble of the 2000s in the financial markets of USA. The book effectively maps and informs readers about the real players in the bubble who were primarily credit default swaps in a market that sought to bet against collateralized debt organization bubble. Thus, they ended up profiting from the financial crisis of 2007-2010. 

In a country like India where financial literacy is not well-advocated, the book is a welcome change. In fact, you don't even have to understand the intricacies of the complex business of sub-prime mortgages to be gripped by "The Big Short". Indeed, the less you know to begin with, the more remarkable results the book can produce. Michael Lewis has made his r…

Father In A Dream

I was recently at a poetry workshop and I must admit I was fairly embarrassed at myself. I lack the wisdom and expertise to rate or write a good poem. I had been to the library the other day and I came across this lovely poem called "Father In A Dream" by acclaimed painter and poet Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh. It has been translated from Gujarati by the poet himself and Saleem Peeradina. It is sourced from an anthology "Signatures" which has translations of 100 Indian poets.

Father In A Dream

Father I saw you again, yesterday
thousands of miles away from home, here on the shore
Of the Baltic where I lie asleep.
You stood by my bed in this strange land
in the same patched, wrinkled coat
you wore when you reconciled quarrelling brothers.
On grandfather's death you must have stood exactly like this
holding the lonely old man's shrivelled hand.

When did you migrate from Kathiawar
to join the refugees of Crimea?
Leaving behind the Bhogavo river, crossing Bhadar,
Climbing bastions…