In this charming novel, retired civil servant, Mr. Ali, decides to open a marriage bureau to remedy his boredom. The accounts of his matchmaking for affluent clients in contemporary India are entertaining and humorous. He becomes so successful that he requires an assistant, Aruna, a poor hindu girl, who encounters a handsome young doctor that comes to the agency for a list of potential wives. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s Mma Ramotswe will likely find Mr. Ali to be a similarly engaging main character.
This book is a comprehensive history of religion as it relates to humanity starting with the most basic ideological systems of the civilizations of 30,000 years ago and bringing us to present religious (and anti-religious) belief systems. Ms. Armstrong portrays religion and faith as valid, and even vital, structures of humanity making an excellent argument for the pragmatism of religious beliefs and faith as they goes face to face with philosophy and science.
This is the story of an Antonio Stradivari violincello crafted in 1707. It now belongs to the cellist Bernard Greenhouse, in his eighties and semi-retired, who allows the New York virtuoso luthier Rene Morel to perform a complete restoration. This book tracks the process - a meticulous enterprise that took almost 2yrs. It's a very interesting story that musicians or artists of any kind will appreciate, including many of the emotions of Greenhouse and Morel during the restoration, and the trepidation that the Stanlein's sound may be altered in the process.