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You know you love a book when…

You know you love a book when you: read it so many times that you know each sentence as though you wrote it. feel all the same emotions even when you read it the ‘n’th time. stop after each line, re-read it and think about it for hours hence. want to stop and make notes […]

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Travels with My Briefcase

“Travel for the sake of travel is the ultimate extravagance; it ruins the environment, destroys our heritage and consumes valuable resources.Most travel writing is the ultimate prostitution. I’ll go anywhere, I’ll go with anyone, I’ll do anything, so long as I get paid for it. There is no purpose, no objective.” The opening lines of […]

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Wizard of the Crow

The first few pages of Wizard of the Crow made me impatient because the author, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, went on and on describing the rule of the dictator over Aburiria, a fictional country in Africa. I wanted to stop… However, I did not want to give up so easily because I thought that the author […]

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The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy

by Fiona Neill Long ago, I read The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy by Fiona Neill. I did not think I would finish it. The first 100 pages (out of the total 420) were about Lucy Sweeney, housewife and mother of three, who gave up her job as a TV producer to be a […]

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River Dog: A Journey Down the Brahmaputra

As the title suggests, this is a travelogue. It describes how Mark Shand followed the river Brahmaputra from its source in Tibet, through India and to the sea in Bangladesh.   The funny thing is Shand doesn’t actually get onto a boat on the river until very late in the book. First there is the […]

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Eat My Globe: One Year to Go Everywhere and Eat Everything

The title says it all. This is Simon Majumdar‘s account of the year he spent travelling the world and sampling food.  Majumdar, who is an author, food writer and broadcaster, was guided in this quest by people he met on food-related websites.The book is also about these people as much as it is about the […]

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Around the world in 80 dates

by Jennifer Cox If you want information on where to stay in Hongkong, what to eat in Canada or what to see in Iceland, this is not the book for you. This is the account of a woman’s journey around the world to discover her soul mate. Jennifer Cox, a career travel writer and globe-trotter, […]

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Zen Miracles: Finding Peace in an Insane World

by Dr. Brenda Shoshanna In the book Zen Miracles: Finding Peace in an Insane World, Dr. Shoshanna uses her own experiences with Zen to explain its common concepts and principles. Sometimes the writing is quite subjective; however, it is enjoyable even for someone not familiar with Zen. I don’t understand many of the koans in […]

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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

by Robin S. SharmaThis is the story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer whose life drastically changes after a major heart attack. He is forced to face the spiritual crisis in his out-of-balance life. He travels to India where he hears of the Sages of Sivana and tries to trace them. He finds them in the […]

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The 80 Minute MBA

The website of the book The 80 Minute MBA says: “You don’t need an MBA to be Master or Mistress of the Universe. If you have a couple of years spare to sit in business school seminar rooms, no problem. If not, we bring to you the Reduced Shakespeare Company of the commercial world – […]