The sad state of eBook Formats

I’m an avid ebook reader. I’ve been reading ebooks on a variety of devices right from 2004 when I got my first Palm Tungsten T. Since then I’ve had an O2 XDA IIs and finally, an iPod Touch. It’s no exaggeration to say that I’ve given up physical books completely and ever since I made … Read more

Impressions of "The Gambler" by Dostoevsky

Just finished reading Dostoevsky’s “The Gambler”. What a mad book! You can feel the emotions of gambling in your very head. Providence save me from such an addiction. Once again, Dostoevsky astonishes me with his writing. Apart from the work itself, I’m constantly surprised by his depiction of Russian society. It’s obsession with all things … Read more

Peer Gynt – Know Yourself

I’ve just finished reading Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen, the Norwegian author. So many things I need to answer. Who are we? No mystical answer this time. Straight serious practical question. Gynt lived a life where he was selfish (without self love though), didn’t show concern for others, and was anything but consistent. He changed … Read more

Character analysis of Lucien in Balzac's "Lost Illusions"

It seems that Lucien in Balzac’s Lost Illusions, is a classic authoritarian character. His attitude towards power is abject emotional submission. His is not submission for the sake of appearances, to protect himself like Mme d’Espard, but real emotional submission. His character is so plain, as to perfectly illustrate the typical Sadomasochistic character with a … Read more