Book Review: The Tell-Tale Brain by V. S Ramachandran
· ISBN: 9788184001198
· Genre : Non-Fiction
· Price: Rs. 499/- ( I got this book from the publisher for a review)
· Pages: 358
· Publishers: Random House India
Human mind has always been a mystery for all of us since eternity. The way we behave, we talk, we feel, we think or we emote is all a result of this tiny thing that is housed somewhere inside our body. The curious cat that I am, I wanted to know it all and what better hearing it from the author who is known as the Marco Polo of neuroscience.
Behind The book
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A masterpiece. The best of its kind and beautifully crafted…Ramachandran is the foremost pioneer – the Galileo – of neurocognition. – Alan Snyder FRS, Australian National University.
About the author
Vilanyanur S Ramachandran is the director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, Professor in the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Programme at the University of California, San Diego and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He has also been elected to fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford and the Royal Institution, London (which also awarded him the Henry Dale Medal) and has received the Padma Bhushan. Newsweek named him a member of ”The Century Club” calling him as one of the “hundred most prominent people to watch” in the twenty-first century.
Since the time I have been able to understand human behavior (wait – I guess understand is a wrong word to be used here!!) there have been many questions that come to my mind when I try to comprehend the logic behind it. This book seemed like an answer to all those questions.
The reason why I liked the book more was because here the author has explained complex things related to human mind in such simple language that even a novice can understand it. It makes a thoroughly enjoyable read making you feel as if it’s a suspense thriller as you reveal mystery after mystery carefully hidden in each page. Real life examples, anecdotes and dialogues give the much needed personal touch making this non-fiction seem very interesting and engrossing. There is not a single dull moment in the entire book as the author’s experiences keep you glued to it making you curious.
Having read it and enjoyed it too, I still cannot say confidently that I now know why we are the way we are. But then I guess that is where the beauty lies. In knowing and yet not knowing some-things, in understanding yet no understanding the obvious and in feeling yet not feeling what is visible.
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This book is like bourbon biscuit to me –chocolately (read: interesting), crunchy ( gripping), bitter yet sweet because of some pleasant and unpleasant secrets it has opened up before me.
This book has been received from Random House for review