My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Only a well-read and well-travelled person could have written this book. As a public figure, there have been quite a lot of criticism about him and his personal as well as political life.
But this book has been a refreshing change, offering a glimpse into the working of mind of an intellectual so often judged upon his 'Indian-ness' on the basis of where he resides and what he has to say about certain issues.
What an awesome way of answering his so- called 'critics'!
His writing is fluid,witty and tongue-in-cheek at many instances. After reading it, it somehow strengthens my belief that books are really an important part of our lives for 'in order to survive, we eat. But why do we live if it is just to eat more and survive? There must be a purpose'. Books do provide a sense and purpose to our existence.
Thanks Mr. Tharoor for offering a glimpse into many events that took place over the years and that too, in your non-Stephen's, yet impeccably Stephen's style.
P.S.: Even though it feels like a heavy read and a dissection and then sewing back together of his own literary journey via books it has much more to offer.
- Divya Nambiar