Archiv der Kategorie,,en,Buchbesprechungen der unwirklichen Art,,en,Hier,,en,Ich diskutiere die Bücher, die ich gelesen habe,,en,und teile meine Eindrücke mit meinen Lesern,,en,Ich lese meistens Sachbücher oder Klassiker,,en,Und wenn ich sage, lese Bücher,,en,Ich meine, hör sie dir im Hörbuch an,,en,immer ungekürzt,,en,bilden,,en,Hörbücher bieten die Möglichkeit, Ihr Pendel- oder Training im Fitnessstudio zu etwas zu machen, auf das Sie sich freuen,,en,eher als zu fürchten,,en,Bei Überprüfung,,en,Sie stellen jedoch einen Nachteil dar,,en,dass sie nicht erwähnt werden können,,en,So werden Zitate aus ihnen umschrieben,,en,Namen werden falsch geschrieben und so weiter,,en,Bitte entschuldigen Sie solche Mängel,,en,Beachten Sie, dass dies keine echten Bewertungen sind,,en,Die meisten dieser Bücher sind so bekannt, dass sie wirklich nicht rezensiert werden können,,en,Meine unwirklichen Bewertungen ähneln also eher meinen Eindrücken und Gedanken,,en,oft mit Spoilern,,en,Eine Weltraum-Odyssee,,en,Januar,,en: Humor

And what is funny Phaedrus, and what is not funnyneed we ask anyone to tell us these things?

Why Have Kids?

At some point in their life, most parents of teenage children would have asked a question very similar to the one Cypher asked in Matrix, “Why, oh, why didn’t I take the blue pill?Did I really have to have these kids? Don’t get me wrong, I have no particular beef with my children, they are both very nice kids. Besides, I am not at all a demanding parent, which makes everything work out quite nicely. But this general question still remains: Why do people feel the need to have children?

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2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey ist einer der legendären Filme, die in allen Listen der wichtigsten und besten Filme enthalten sind,,en,Ich habe es gesehen,,en,weil ein Freund von mir es empfohlen hat,,en,Es stellte sich heraus, dass dieser Freund einen schnellen an mir zog,,en,und ich war die einzige Person im ganzen Kino,,en,Also saß ich alleine in der Mitte der Halle, um den Film zu genießen,,en,Ich konnte damals kaum gesprochenem Englisch folgen,,en,besonders wenn mit nicht-indischem Akzent gesprochen wird,,en,Oder,,en,Ich sollte sagen,,en,wenn gesprochen,,en,ohne,,en,ein indischer Akzent,,en,Der Mangel an Englisch spielte zu Beginn des Films keine Rolle,,en,natürlich,,en,Aber dann wurde ich zunehmend und völlig verblüfft von den tanzenden Farben und Sachen,,en,Dein heiliges Leben,,en,Ich dachte, ich wäre mit dieser Atheismus-Serie fertig,,en,jedoch,,en,Ich bin auf diese Passage aus Wayne Dyers 'Buch gestoßen,,en. I watched it in 1981 because a friend of mine recommended it . It turned that this friend was pulling a fast one on me, and I was the only person in the whole movie theater. So I sat alone at the center of the hall to enjoy the movie. I could barely follow spoken English then, especially when spoken with a non-Indian accent. (Or, I should say, when spoken without an Indian accent). The lack of English didn’t matter in the beginning part of the movie, of course. But then I got progressively and completely baffled by the dancing colors and stuff.

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A Humbling Experience?

I keep hearing this phrase in all those acceptance speeches and interviews. When somebody achieves something remarkable that they can truly and rightfully be proud of, they invariably say it is a humbling experience. What in the world does it really mean? Do they feel more humble than before because they achieved something splendid? Do they feel as though they got something that they didn’t quite deserve? Is it a promise that they will not be proud or arrogant? Or is it just something magnanimous to say now that people are finally listening to them?

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Driving in India

I have had the pleasure of driving in many parts of the world. Being fairly observant and having a tendency to theorize about everything, I have come to form a general theory about driving habits as well.

You see, each place has a set of driving norms, a grammar or a dialect of driving, if you will. In Marseille, France, for instance, if you switch on your turn signal on a multilane street, people will immediately let you in. It’s not because they are polite and considerate drivers (quite the contrary, in fact), but a turn signal indicates the driversintention to change lanes, not a request to let them. They are not seeking permission; they are merely letting you know. You’d better let them in unless you want a collision. In Geneva (Switzerland), on the other hand, the turn signal is really a request, which is usually denied.

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If you learn a new language as an adult, or if you learn it as a child from non-native speakers, you will have an accent. There is a scientifically proven reason behind this. Each language has phonemes (basic sound units) specific to it. You can discern only those phonemes that you are exposed to as a baby. By the time you are about eight months old, it is already too late for your brain to pick up new phonemes. Without the complete set of phonemes of a language, an accent, however slight, is unavoidable.

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Three Parrots

Once upon a time in India, there were three parrots. They were for sale. A prospective buyer was interested.

How much is that parrot?” asked he, pointing to the first one.

“3000 rupees.

That’s pretty steep. What’s so special about it?”

“Well, it can speak Hindi.

The prospective buyer was impressed, but wanted a better deal. So he probed, “How much for the second one?”

“5000 rupees.

What? Why?”

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Instant Water Heater

My primary degree is in engineering of the electric/electronics variety, which is why I can fix LED lights, for instance. I suspect an engineering degree gives you more of a theoretical understanding rather than practical knowledge. I mean, I’m no electrician. At times, I take on projects where I may have been better advised to call an electrician.

Recently, our maid’s instant water heater died, and some action on my part was indicated. Though an engineer, I have been in the corporate scene long enough to know that the right response to any action item during a meeting is, “May be by next Tuesday.So I asked the maid to use my mother-in-law’s bathroom, thinking that I could postpone this issue to one of the future Tuesdays. But the maid, probably bound by some sacred ethical covenants of her profession, refused to do that. At that point, I should have called the electrician. But I foolishly decided to take a look at the prima facie evidence. The switch looked fine, with its indicator light coming on as expected, but the water heater remained intransigent.

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Sad Movies

I found something weird. People seem to like sad moviestear-jerkers. But nobody likes to be sad. I mean, you watch great tragedies with genuine sadness, and then go around saying, “What a great movie!” If whatever happened in the movie really happened to you or somebody you knew, you wouldn’t say, “Wow, great!” Why is that?

I think a good answer is that such depictions in movies let you experience the emotional intensity with no immediate physical (or even emotional) danger. If you were actually on the Titanic, you would at least have taken a cold dip even if you survived. But watching Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio battle for their lives probably lets you experience their fear and pain from the comfort of your armchair, with popcorn and soda to intensify the feeling.

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