Tuesday, June 28, 2005

interests, favorite movies, favorite books

I removed the following section from the links.
My interests:
Philosophy, Vedanta, Advaita, Theoretical Computer Science, Computational Complexity, Books, Cricket
favorite movies:
Gandhi, The Matrix, Lord of the Rings
favorite books:
The Upanishads, The Bhagavad Gita, The Ramayana, My Experiments with Truth, Gandhi the man, The sermon on the mount according to Vedanta, On having no head, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance, Hamlet, Lord of the Rings, The Art of Computer Programming, A History of Indian Philosophy, Advaita Vedanta: A Philosophical Reconstruction, Sophie's world, Goedel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Advaita Vedanta: An Introduction (Arvind Sharma),
A bigger listing of the books, or works of authors I have read, understood and would on any day read again, if I have time. I will add my reviews of all of them some day:

G B Shaw: Saint Joan(amazing), The Devil's Disciple (quite good), Pygmalion and My Fair Lady (who doesn't like these?)
Oscar Wilde: The Complete works, in particular: the four main plays and short stories (brilliant)
O Hentry (complete short stories): possibly the best short story writer
Somerset Maugham: short stories (ok, a little sad: O Henry's OTOH come in all tastes and hues)

Kalidasa: The Main Works: In particular, Raghuvamsham and Kumarasambhavam: awesome!
Richard Bach: Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Illusions
The Alchemist, The Fifth Mlountain,
Harper Lee: To Kill A Mocking Bird: Oh Atticus as Peck!!
James Allen: As a Man Thinketh
Ayn Rand: The Fountain head, Atlas Shrugged, The Anthem
Daniel Quinn: Ishmael, The Story of B, The Man Who Grew Young
Kahlil Gibran: The Prophet
The Little Prince
Herman Hesse: Siddartha
Huxley: Brave New World
George Orwell: 1984, Animal Farm
Hosdafter: Goedel, Escher, Bach: An eternal golden braid
G H Hardy: A Mathematician's Apology
Stephen Hawking: Brief History of Time,
Yakov Perelman: Physics for Fun, Mathematics can be Fun
George Gamov: One two Three Infinity
Poems by Emily Dickinson,
Poems by Robert Frost
100 best loved poems (a wonderful inexpensive book by dover)
Indian Writers
Raja Rao: The Serpent and the Rope (awesome would be understatement), Kanthapura (nice work, He can write simple stories too!), The Cat and the Shakespeare, Meaning of India (his chapters on Gandhi and Nehru are awesome).
R K Narayanan: A tiger for malgudi, The English teacher (near autobiography, very nicely told: one of my early literary experiences), My Days: The official autobiography, Waiting for the Mahatma(runs in a different way from Rajarao's Kanthapura), A tiger for malgudi, Malgudi days, Ramayan (he should stick to what he does best, writing simple stories. BTW, Narayan retells the story of kamba-Ramayana, not valmiki-Ramayana, )
Fantasy and adventure
Tolkien: There and Back Again (The Hobbit), LOTR, Silmarillion, The Atlas
J K Rowling, Harry Potter 1,2,3,4,5
Douglas Adams: H2G2: Trilogy in four parts (the last one was not that great)
Simple, no category
The Great Gatsby (ok, ok)
Easwaran: Meditation, Gandhi The Man, Mantram Handbook, Dhammapada (one of his best translations) over his Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita
Selections from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Audio Books I liked a lot: The rendering of The Alchemist by Jeremy Irons (nice rendering) and Sophie's world
In Bangalore, when I was bored and wanted to know what to reead, I used to refer to this list compiled by Best Web Buys on the best sellers and similar "hot" lists. This is inspite of the fact that I donot like "hot" lists a lot. In Bangalore, I was subscriber of a very good library (One on infantry road: name blue mountain?) and used to buy books from the shop next to Kadambam restaurant(). Why is it that I remember only the landmarks? and why do I remember the restaurant so much:-)?