Ram Iyer

Writer, PowerShell addict, typographer, self-acclaimed rationalist.

Bangalore, KA ramiyer.me 9 posts

The Proxy

It’s common for us in India to have a Literature class or a Moral Sciences class, or an Environmental Sciences class replaced by something “more important”, like Mathematics, or Physics. Or Sports, for that matter. And we’ve all been victims of this setup at some point of our school life. The logic behind such a choice is clear: Mathematics and Physics help you find the right college to launch your career from. Of course, our... continue reading→

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The Sceptical Patriot

by Sidin Vadukut

The first book by Sidin Vadukut that I read was Dork. It was 2010, and I’d just finished college, and had joined an IT firm (the firm that I currently work for; man, I’ve spent a quarter of my life here). I disliked Robin ‘Einstein’ Verghese, the protagonist of the series. But I loved the way Vadukut wrote. The casual descriptions, the humour… I think it was about two years ago that I picked up... continue reading→

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Mason’s Missing

by Teresa Burrell

I like mystery. From my Champak-and-Tinkle-reading days to trying to steal books from our clubhouse library (because they wouldn’t issue books to kids), I’ve dug mystery a lot. When I received the gift coupon for the book for review, I was sure I’d read it myself and not give it to anyone in the crew. Cover page I wish I didn’t have to start here. Incomplete. Unprofessional. Disappointing. The cover shows a blanket of snow,... continue reading→

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Riding the Tech Tide

My journey with Meraki Post started on the day I met Veena for the first time in a boring cafeteria of Manyata Embassy Business Park (and got judged big time), back in 2015. One of my buddies had referred her to me, when she (Veena) had mentioned about “improving the look-and-feel” of her “book blog”. All this happened at a time when I was not serious about anything in life. And that day, I actually... continue reading→

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Origin

by Dan Brown

My first Dan Brown was, perhaps like most Dan Brown readers, The Da Vinci Code. I’d received the book from my English teacher when I was in high school, and was instantly fascinated by the controversial ideas that the book was based upon. And then, as I started reading the remaining Dan Brown titles of the time, and then the subsequent ones as and when they were released, I’d learnt to predict what would happen next.... continue reading→

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Taking the Road Not Taken

We’re a group of four people, enthusiastic about the literary world, with a shared dream to see the tradition of good literature continue through our generation as well. Meraki Post is our way of supporting the community of readers and writers. By being honest. We work on ethics. And we believe in treating you just the way we treat ourselves. Which is the reason we don’t serve ads on the site. We hate ads; you’re... continue reading→

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Scion of Ikshvaku

by Amish Tripathi

It sometimes so happens that we pick up a book, and we like the work so much that we try to get everything that the author has written. It happened with me, when I came across Immortals of Meluha by Amish. I knew I had to pick up and read the entire Shiva Trilogy. And then, one fine day, Scion of Ikshvaku released. I couldn’t keep my hands off the book. Truth. Duty. Honour. The... continue reading→

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Sita: Warrior of Mithila

by Amish Tripathi

Yadā yadā hi dharmasya glānirbhavati suvrata Abhyutthānamadharmasya tadā prakr̥tisambhavaḥ It was almost a couple of years since I read the first book in the series: Scion of Ikshvaku. I had to read the last few chapters of the first one, thanks to my great memory. Slow release aside, what I love about Amish’s books is the reinterpretation of our epics; an open-minded reinterpretation. Contrary to the popular image of Sita as homely, soft-natured… what’s the... continue reading→

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The First Trillionaire

by Sapna Jha, translated by Alok Jha

I’d come across this title back in 2016 when I chanced upon the site about the “Most compelling read of 2016”. When I was one among the winners of the Goodreads Giveaway of this book, I was overjoyed! While I waited for the book, I went through the reviews of the book on Goodreads. At the time of checking, the book had 270 five-star ratings, out of 274. Unbelievable, but true. Sure enough, after some... continue reading→

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