5 Questions Of The Inquisitive Apes by Subhrashis Adhikari | A Book Review

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Product Details 

  • Pages: 208
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Publishers: Srishti Publishers & Distributors; First edition (1 February 2019)
  • ISBN – 13:  978-9387022553

My Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads Rating: 4.51/5

Cover: 4/5


‘The way you speak guides the way you think.’

5 Questions of the Inquisitive Apes’ is a non-fiction book consists of answers of almost every question out there related to evolution, how do we make sense around this universe, who we are, how to be happy and is sex bad? The book is a package of information and successfully delivers the answers to the questions along with supporting arguments and facts.

The book is divided into 5 parts, answering every question with each chapter being a building block successfully contributing to express the essence of the question. Author presents information in an organized sequence and has a unique way of delivering it: from the science of our eye to the science of cosmos; from how we came to be to how we make sense of universe around us; from our history of sex to #metoo and LGBTQ; from how to understand people to who we are; from biological science to spirituality and Ayurveda: everything is explained in detail in just 186 pages. It amazes me how much the author can explain in a few words. Every time, whenever I feel there couldn’t be anything else, the author comes up with another topic or another angle to this life.

The title is interesting and apt and the cover is appealing. The language is simple, vivid and understandable. Although, there are some jargon used but almost all of them has an explanation. Various diagrams are used to make us understand the concept, also various examples from different areas like GOT, Danial Kahneman’s ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’, Bhagavad Geeta, etc., are there to make it easy to understand. It seems clear that a great deal of research has been done by the author.

Questions at the end of almost every chapter create a cliffhanger syndrome. The writing style is unique and conversational and narration is proper throughout the book. Author uses humour well. There are some editing and grammatical errors. With finesse in formatting and editing, this book could be best among its category. Though the book has only 208 pages, including bibliography provided, it is not one sit read; the time to read this book totally depend upon your grasping ability.

Overall, the book is enlightening and a must-read. As non-fiction isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, this book will serve to those who love informative reads and want to know about everything. Also, people from the non-scientific background can read it too. In the end, I want to request the author to keep creating such great books with tons of information in just few pages. 😀

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