Vinish Garg

Technical Writer. Published Author.

What I read

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I have not read too many books, definitely not in many hundreds. Most often, I like to pick Indian authors. A few that I admire are:

  • The Fountainhead
  • The God of Small Things
  • The Republic
  • Atlas Shrugged
  • Inspite of the Gods
  • The Algebra of Infinite Justice
  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
  • The Fountainhead

    Every single person whom I have met and who has read this book says that the book helps one change the outlook towards life. Such is the power of this once-in-a-lifetime book. Ayn Rand has described the characters and their philosophy and their conviction so very brilliantly that I was in total awe of the book for many days. I read it many times, and later realized that it is a sort of delude as well. Life is lot more realistic. The Fountainhead is romanticism at it’s finest. The story centers on Howard Roark, the Ideal Man. He is a sort of perfect man, the human form of Objectivism, which is the base of Rand’s philosophy. The novel raises questions about collectivism, altruism, selfishness, the nature of love and friendship, and individual rights among other things, but Rand takes things one step further; she is bold enough to provide answers. Perhaps it is her boldness that turns people off, but I find it very refreshing and unique.

    Ayn Rand’s writing style is the most powerful I have ever read. The stretch of imagination, the details of explaining the situations, one’s state of mind… all at the same time reasoned and logical as well.

    The God of Small Things

    This book generated lot of interest and excitement in the literary world. Many literary experts called it as highly pretentious, while others thought that it is brilliant. What I liked about the book was Roy’s writing style. Apart from the story, I was particularly impressed by her two words’ sentences. Or sometimes these were of one-word. It was amazing, and I recommended it to many of my friends and colleagues.

    When I read this, I had already read Ayn Rand, Ruskin Bond, Salman Rushidie, Robin Sharma, Anita Desai, Shobha De, Samrat Upadhyay, Manju Kapoor, and few others. I found that author’s command of language is simply remarkable.
    And of course this book is special to me since I was reading it when the seeds of my own book were germinated.

    The Republic

    It is really hard to describe why I liked this book since there are no definite reasons. After reading it twice, I am not sure whether I agree with the writer’s view or not. Quote interesting. It is stimulus for education and social responsibility of a man. It appears to be answering many question, however, it raises more questions than it answers. I can’t say more except that it is brilliant and it is not recommended for those sitting at PC in white or black cubical.

    Atlas Shrugged

    I read this book before Rand’s ‘The Fountainhead’. Many of the reasons why I liked this book are common for both the books. Rand’s stretch of imagination to describe certain situations, and the detailed approach are simply remarkable. However, I liked this book because I found it less complicated that ‘The Fountainhead’. Philosophically, it stretched me beyond my limits. It’s a tangle of contradictions, an epic, and a saga that changes history.

    Its main philosophy is that each person must think for oneself, and therefore is responsible for self only. I read it few times and every time I finished it, I asked myself – “Who is John Galt?”

    In Spite of Gods

    This book offers significant data and gives you a real insight into developing India. In brief, it helped me to know India better than many newspapers or magazines could.

    Algebra of Infinite Justice

    I liked this book not only because I like Arundhati Roy’s writing style. Rather, her essays in this book are honest, personal, straightforward, and are very well researched. The concept of essays can interest anyone, and are gripping to read. Every essay triggers a thought in one’s mind. Though some people find those biased and the views impractical, the sheer impact of straight forwardness of her words is brilliant. It clearly reflects her angst and intolerance that bother her and I feel these should bother many-many people across the globe.

    The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

    The strength of this book lies in its simplicity. Though, I am not a fan of ‘how to’ books, I read it as it was recommended to me by my dear friend. After completing it, I wondered if a book could be so interesting, and so effective? ’’The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’’ makes you feel like immediately getting up and doing something about yourself. It makes things look so damn easy for you. You may feel that the book offers some self-help techniques you already know. Fair enough. The beauty of book is the structure of how to prepare a schedule for oneself, and enables one to do objective analysis of one’s priorities in life.

    Written by Vinish Garg

    April 10, 2009 at 11:44 am

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