For Whom The Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway

The Spanish Civil War has inspired a whole body of work in art and literature. I am not much of an art historian, but I remember being awe struck standing in front of Picasso's Guernica in Madrid's Museo Reina Sofia. I had not known much about the civil war then but I had vaguely heard … Continue reading For Whom The Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway

Arsenic for Tea-Robin Stevens

This series is really really good and I kind of wish I wasn't a step  closer to finishing all of the books. My favourite thing about this book is that the author creates problematic situations with such realism that it is actually quite hard to stop reading once you've started. At Fallingford (Daisy's house) Daisy … Continue reading Arsenic for Tea-Robin Stevens

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old – Hendrik Groen

This is a delightful little book, chronicling the daily life of an octogenarian dutch man living in an old age home on the outskirts of Amsterdam. The ageing population in the West (and Japan) has been widely commented upon. More often than not, it is seen as a problem that needs to be solved. You … Continue reading The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old – Hendrik Groen

History of Wolves – Emily Fridlund

I spent two winters in Michigan. It was cold; I felt it all the more coming straight from the tropical heat of Mumbai. All my previous experiences of snow were those of tourists: artificial, designed to thrill and time-bound. Michigan was my first experience of a snow-bound way of living. I know many who really … Continue reading History of Wolves – Emily Fridlund

The Animals Of Farthing Wood – Colin Dann

The animals of Farthing Wood is a breathtaking adventure that follows a group of creatures of all sizes that range from a handful of  tiny field mice to a slippery adder.  The characters in this book are so memorable and each have their own specific characteristics. In this story Farthing wood is being cut down. … Continue reading The Animals Of Farthing Wood – Colin Dann

Digital Minimalism – Cal Newport

Cal Newport is a Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, but he is much better known for his books on personal efficiency. I read his Deep Work in 2017. In that book he talks about strategies for focusing in a world full of distractions. Now self-help books are a dime a dozen and most … Continue reading Digital Minimalism – Cal Newport