Aadhaar: A Biometric History of India’s 12-Digit Revolution by Shankkar Aiyar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
If nothing else, this book offers a valuable insight into the blundering way the Indian Govt machinery works. I had hoped for more technical aspects of AADHAAR, but that was sadly lacking. A rather verbose epilogue could have been avoided.
Surprised to find the questionable contribution of Rahul Gandhi in the inception of AADHAAR!
That the book was printed in a hurry is evident from the many typos littering the text. Overall interesting in parts, but quite superficial.
Anyway, I can claim to know (and be related to) one of the important protagonists in saga – Shankar Maruwada. Congratulations, Shankar on a job well done.
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Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
‘I would very much like to meet me.’ Thus spake Dudley Bose when he learns of the existence of an alien entity that was imbued with his personality.
This is the second time I’ve read this epic space opera and enjoyed it even more.
I have a sneaking suspicion that Peter F. Hamilton is an alien like the Starflyer, slowly infiltrating humanity with its insurrecting and corruptive ideas! Else he has a ginormously vivid imagination.
The multifarious planetary settings, eccentric characters and nail-biting and seat of the pants action make engrossing reading. The compulsive and svelte Paula Myo, goofy and spaced out Ozzie, polygamous and philandering Nigel Sheldon, the aloof and smug SI, the voluptuous, salacious and ambitious Mellanie are all memorable characters.
Then there are the aliens – the single-minded and rapacious MorningLightMountain, the sleazy, wheezy human-emotion-addicted Quatux, the bewildered and lost Tochee, ark ship or hypersentient entity High Angel and finally the mystical Silfen and their equally mystifying and parasentient pan-galactic ‘paths’ are the creations of a truly transcended mentality.
I read the Night’s Dawn Trilogy thrice and am now ready to tackle the Void series for the second time.
Mr Hamilton, I have spent a significant time of my life in your Universe. Time for a rejuve?
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Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
~ Francis Sr.
Some stunning ‘bookish’ photographs. None are mine – I have downloaded them from this site:
The spines of these books in the library at Anglesey Abbey makes an intriguing composition. I had a little fun with masking too 🙂