This is not the end of the book

Book review of 'This is not the end of the book'. Jean Phillippe de Tonnac, the famous French novelist, facilitates a freewheeling chat between two bibliophiles: Umberto Eco, the late Italian literary maestro and Jean-Claude Carrière, the legendary French writer and academy award honoree.

Before you can be with others, first learn to be alone

In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe described the ‘mad energy’ of an ageing man who roved the streets of London from dusk till dawn. His excruciating despair could be temporarily relieved only by immersing himself in a tumultuous throng of city-dwellers. ‘He refuses to be alone,’ Poe wrote. He ‘is the type and the genius of … Continue reading Before you can be with others, first learn to be alone

Makers and Takers: How Wall Street Destroyed Main Street

Book review of Rana Foroohar's 'Makers and Takers: How Wall Street destroyed Main Street'. She shows in her new book how financial greed came to disengage the economy of the vast majority of the population from the Wall Street economy - the economy that belongs to the top 1%.

Inventing the Enemy

Jog your imagination a little and envisage a sumptuous Swedish winter smörgåsbord replete with mouthwatering choices: a fine assortment of cold and hot foods and desserts, of course. It's an exaggerated analogy, but Umberto Eco's 'Inventing the Enemy' gives you a similar experience. 'Inventing the Enemy' compiles a diverse selection of Umberto Eco's essays and … Continue reading Inventing the Enemy

Seeds of Terror

Not many know that Afghanistan, apart from being the hub of terrorism, has also been the epicenter of the opium trade. For starters, Afghanistan is a landlocked country with the sorry tag of being one of the poorest in the world. According to an Oxfam study, over 40% of Afghans live in extreme poverty conditions … Continue reading Seeds of Terror


Book review of David Bodanis' E=mc2