Lykke is the Danish word for happiness and in this book, Meik Wiking who is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, Copenhagen (no, seriously), presents what makes specific communities across the world happier than the rest.
The Gothenburg Art Museum (Goteborgs Konstmuseum) was at the top of my list when a friend and I decided to spend a weekend in the beautiful culturally rich city. At the museum shop, I came across the Basic Art 2.0 series by Taschen Publications. I picked up three titles (Munch, Klimt and Symbolism) in the series which I finished reading in three days. I can't wait to get my hands on the other titles in the series!
'Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman' has inspired many and kindled many others' interest in physics. Coming from a physics background, it is unusual that I hadn't read this book all these years.
If you've grown up in South India, you've definitely heard her voice. How did a woman from the Devadasi community storm the male bastion of Carnatic Music to become a world wide icon?
Out of sheer loyalty, I read Sita, Warrior of Mithila which is the second book of the Ram Chandra series by Amish.
Perumal Murugan's 'Pyre' translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan is a tragedy from the word go and those of us living in the big cities cushioned from the 'caste politics' need to read this tender love story that is trumped by centuries of hatred. This is an account of the human capability of savagery and is a perfect piece of contemporary writing.
There's something about a train journey and the close proximity of strangers sharing the journey that stirs in us the urge to bare our souls. Maybe the assumption that we will never meet those people again encourages us to discard the layers inhibition. Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair is about one such train journey that helps the protagonist find answers to the questions tormenting her.
I read somewhere that Gillian Flynn's 'Gone Girl' has many themes in common with Vera Caspary's 'The Man Who Loved His Life'. Having thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Gone Girl', Vera Caspary's book was on my list for a long time. Read the blog post for the review.
If you thought that the 'Royal We' by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan is about the fairy-tale romance of Kate Middleton and Prince William, you are not entirely wrong. Except that the authors have introduced reality into it.
Each book is dedicated to an artist and traces their work and their life and times.