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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Originally posted on Kitabi Karwan Narcism has always largely been considered a supremely individualistic trait. We tend to assign this trait to rather smaller units, that too mostly individual humans. To that extent, it is often an exercise worth indulging to be examining the human race from this perspective. We’ve always placed ourselves at the …

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Raya by Srinivas Reddy

Originally posted on Kitabi Karwan Political leadership has perhaps been the most controversial of ships to sail in. The very shroud of mystery that encapsulates them, also deprives them of the link that allows human connections. Couple this with the vagaries of history, and you have a potent combination of either superhuman or inhuman personalities, …

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Blood by Sunil Gangopadhyay, (Translated by Dr. Debali Mookerjea-Leonard)

Originally posted on Kitabi Karwan Navigating your owner static identities is a tricky job. As much as one might fight it, one’s inherited socio-political, and to a large extent, geo-cultural identity is difficult to escape from. Despite living in a hyper-globalised world, the very idea of which is being ironically challenged today, walking away from …

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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Originally posted on Kitabi Karwan The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. Actions have consequences. Perhaps no other adage can sum up the history of well….everything. Sometimes, the tiniest of steps result in the largest of leaps, and the deepest of jumps are in retrospect nothing but a swim in the shallow end. This …

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The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Originally posted on Kitabi Karwan I’ve always found it rather odd that the “success” of human beings has historically always been associated with positive extremes. The example of Musk sleeping on the floor of his company has become the global standard of the required extremities for entrepreneurial success. But it’s only on rare occasions that …

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Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

Originally posted on Kitabi Karwan The spirit of innovation is what drives the human spirit. The humdrum repetitive action of doing the exact same thing again and again might sound perfect from an automated robotic efficiency utopia’s perspective, but the fact is that being mindless drones is a thought that repulses humans at some point …