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.

Me thinks

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. 

Foodie Verdict
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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


  1. Cool review!

    I understand from ur review that this book, rather than being a boring technical book on how the brain works, is more of an interesting book where stories and anecdotes are used to get the points across, right?

    Gonna check this out for a weekend read!!

    1. Yess you got me right! That is how it is. Not a boring non fiction with liberal doses of gyaan but something more in depth and interesting like a conversation or a story!

      Oh please do and let me know your views on it too :)

  2. :-o you read technical books also ? :-O
    You know I so wanted to read his books. especially his other book Phantoms of brain. I heard so much about him and not read even a single book of him :-/

    You have written a nice review of this book. I like your foodie verdict for this book. :)

    Keep reviewing. I might hope to see few more reviews of some technical books. :P

    1. Why so much surprise? I do read this genre too, actually I read anything and everything that tickles my brain ;)

      Oh you should read this one, do let me know if you want this one.Its too good and very well written.

      Bourbon is my favourite - so that suits this book too!!!


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