August 20, 2019
by Neelima

Readers can’t Digest-Week 243 (14-Aug to 20-Aug)

1. Robert Macfarlane finally wins Wainwright nature writing prize

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2. Lee Child to judge the Booker Prize 2020?

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3. Author avatars can now read their books to you

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4. When Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epsteins’s co-conspirator, reads a book, it sells out on Amazon

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5. JD Salinger: novels finally to be published as ebooks

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August 13, 2019
by Neelima

Readers can’t Digest-Week 242 (7-Aug to 13-Aug)

1. Toni Morrison passes away at 88

2. Hilary and Chelsea Clinton to write the Book of Gutsy Women

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3. Former Springsteen drummer Vini ‘Mad Dog’ Lopez writing a book

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4. Former ESPN host Jemele Hill is writing a memoir

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5. Quentin Blake to publish series of 20 hand-sewn books of drawings

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August 6, 2019
by Neelima

Readers can’t Digest-Week 241 (31-July to 6-Aug)

1. Ninja is writing a book that will teach you to become an ‘unstoppable’ gamer

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2. Edward Snowden’s memoir to reveal whistleblower’s secrets

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3. Lisa Marie Presley Writing Tell-All Book About Ex Michael Jackson

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4. Meghan Markle Will Be Publishing Her First Book Which Will Be For Children

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5. Earliest Form of Writing May Have Been Found in Israel, Researcher Says


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July 30, 2019
by Neelima

Readers can’t Digest-Week 240 (24-July to 30-July)

1. Over 100 MPs urge Chancellor Sajid Javid to scrap ‘unfair’ and ‘illogical’ reading tax in first Budget

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2. King of comics, Alan Moore, bows out

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3. Benedict Cumberbatch to star in Tiger who came to Tea adaptation on Channel 4

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4. Boris Johnson’s Shakespeare book delayed for ‘foreseeable future’

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5. ‘Lord of the Rings’: Amazon TV Show Confirms Writing Staff and Creative Team

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July 16, 2019
by Neelima

Readers can’t Digest-Week 238 (10-July to 16-July)

1. How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell named new children’s laureate

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2. Arimah’s ‘naked until married’ story wins Caine Prize

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3. College student was late returning a textbook to Amazon, so the company took $3,800 from her dad 

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4. 24-hour unmanned bookstore opens in Xiongan

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5. Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers to get a reboot

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July 8, 2019
by Neelima

Mind and Maverick @ BYOB Party in May 2019 (Part 7)

Image result for lolita book amazonSudeep spoke about Lolita by Nabakov, a book he has mixed emotions about. He appreciates that Nabakov succeeded in taking up such a challenge- turning the abhorrent actions of a pedophile into beautiful text and elaborating on obsession, lust and delusion. “Russian authors have always delighted me,” Sudeep said. The subsequent discussion about ‘Lolita’ covered a book called Reading Lolita in Teheran by Azar Nafisi and the realization that pedophilia is a staple in many cultures in the world. Read this essay about why reading Lolita can be so difficult.

Image result for The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science amazonBut Sudeep was more taken by a book about meditation called The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science by Culadasa John Yates, Immergut Matthew and Jeremy Graves.

“It’s as comprehensive a book on meditation as you will ever find.  The book provides a step by step guide to meditation and incorporates Buddhist teachings, neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Some things the authors mention include the importance of daily meditation, how to stabilize attention, settling distractions and building attention, challenges a meditator faces.”

You can listen to Culadasa to get a brief introduction to the subject of how to calm your mind.

Ralph fancied a book about how to get inside your customer’s mind. Since in India, a large number of entrepreneurs are into the services industry, this topic sparked off a long discussion about the effectiveness of  UI, communication secrets, climbing the ladder, etc.

Image result for Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual WorkplaceAri picked a non-fiction book on similar lines called Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World’s Most Unusual Workplace by the successful Brazilian entrepreneur, Ricardo Semler. “Semler’s company is the most democratic, the kind of place where future bosses are interviewed by existing employees. When he inherited the company from his father, he decided to give the employees more of a say. They arranged the office with the decor they desired. They even decided on their own salaries. I genuinely feel that micro-level practices like these will benefit larger companies.”

You may want to hear a Ted Talk by Ricardo Semler.

And with that, we come to the end of the BYOB Party in May!

July 3, 2019
by Neelima

Readers can’t Digest-Week 236 (26-June to 3-July)

1. Melvil Dewey’s name stripped from top librarian award

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2. Suzanne Moore of the Guardian wins Orwell prize for journalism

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3. Poet hitting a language barrier with Amazon

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4. The Writer Who Lost Her Book Deal After Calling Out A DC Metro Worker For Eating On The Train Is Suing The Publisher For $13 Million

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5. Judith Krantz, the romance novelist with more than 80 million copies in print, dies at 91


July 1, 2019
by Neelima

The Fabulist and the Feminist @ BYOB Party in May 2019 (Part 6)

Ayush spoke about Foxy Aesop by Suniti Namjoshi published by Zubaan, a feminist publishing house. The story playfully creates a dialogue between Aesop and a feminist narrator who disagrees with him on many counts. Ayush read out a beautiful passage from the book:

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“A few weeks ago when I was at the Temple of Hera I heard an old woman beseeching the goddess. Noisy there.Other worshippers were imploring the goddess for whatever they wanted – children, no more children, money, even more money and so forth, There were street sellers selling fast food, flowers, bribes for the goddess—offerings, whatever the supplicants thought would work. Somehow the cries of the old woman got through to Hera. Perhaps the old woman had a penetrating voice? Who knows? She did not look particularly meritorious.

“Well what do you want?”inquired Hera. “Health. Wealth. Beauty? Whatever it is I will give you a little as you have been going on at me for a long time. “

“O glorious goddess Hera,”the old woman said plopping on her knees, “What I would like is a measure of luck.”

“Granted,” said the goddess, “From henceforth, whenever you go outdoors,if it is raining, it will stop raining.”

“I am grateful,” replied the old woman. “But please couldn’t I be a little luckier than that?”

The old woman was pushing her luck but the goddess was patient.

Every time you go out, you’ll find a few coppers lying on the ground,’ the goddess told her.

“Oh thank you,” cried the woman. ‘And might I have a tiny bit more of luck please?

‘Now what is it?” asked the goddess. She sounded exasperated.

Aesop pauses and looks at me. I nearly intervened to warn the stupid woman , but then thought better of it.

I frown at Aesop for calling the woman ‘stupid’.

What I mean is irritating goddessesis not a good idea,” Aesop explains. He continues, “Anywaythe old woman persisted, ‘Could the coppers turn out to be gold please?’

Oh you are a greedy woman!” scolded Hera . ‘Just for that I’m taking away the luck I’ve given you. Instead, when you step out, it will always rain.’

Sorry great goddess, said the old woman humbly and disappeared into the crowd.  But I’ve heard since that she has done well for herself. She’s much in demand as a rainmaker.”


Image result for if on a winter's night a traveler amazonSuniti Namjoshi has worked in the capacity of officer in the Indian Administrative Service and has also held several academic posts in India and abroad. You can learn more about her feminist perspective here.

Ayush also spoke about the multi-layered book If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino. The story talks about the search for the complete story. The reader’s search for the story leads to a number of narratives-  a detective adventure, a romance, a satire, an erotic story, a diary and a quest.

Another book that was discussed during the BYOB Party was The Art of the Good Life  by Rolf Dobelli, a book of 52 shortcuts for better decision-making skills. This book seems to be a non-fiction favorite and has made the rounds several times.

More books in Part 7.