Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh My rating: 3 of 5 stars Got my hands on this book about two years ago when Amazon.in was launched and they were giving away some free Kindle books. Started reading it only when the Goodreads Indian Readers group picked this book as their April 2015 read. Review This was the first time I read a travelogue and cannot say if I like the genre.
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars I had seen the film adaptation 4-5 years ago but hardly recalled what it was about. Decided to watch it again after I was done with the graphic novel and compare the two. The Graphic Novel First couple of volumes in the 10-volume series didn’t make much sense and were rather slow to read as I was just getting introduced to the characters.
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald My rating: 4 of 5 stars I had bought this book right away after reading the following tweet from a concerned friend: Reading Glenn Greenwald's "No place to hide". Can't put it down. I think everyone (or at least every Internet user) should read this book. — Ramakrishnan (@vu3rdd) October 26, 2014 It took me another 5 months to actually start reading the book.
While reiniting this website, I had some requirements in mind for easy workflow of adding a post. Yesterday, I spent some time on the awesome tutorial on Automated deployments with Wercker for Hugo contributed by Arjen Schwarz, which seemed promising. Apart from a tiny status update, this is a test post I am writing using the familiar GitHub’s online editor. Let’s see how it goes… EDIT: Couple of minutes later: It worked!
Haris had posted the following tweet few months ago: http://t.co/jRrbjaPWSG is the only e-learning site that I have been able to consistently follow. 2 month streak now.
Thanks @hallidude! — Haris Ibrahim K. V. (@harisibrahimkv) December 5, 2014 After quickly checking out grammati.com, I had signed up. Received the following email this morning (for some reason Google decided to mark this as spam for the first time) and I thought it was time to spread the word: Grammati Day 100 Basically, the nifty little service sends you a daily mail, such as above, and asks you to answer 5 simple grammar questions.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. —Mahatma Gandhi, Goodreads citation (did not find any authoritative source of this quote) This used to be my motto for a long time before college, cannot recall when this disappeared from my active conscience. Caught my eye when Prof. Adam Porter quoted this in the announcement email for week 7 of his Coursera class on Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems.
Books If I had to describe what my year was about in just one word, it would be these. I was surrounded by books, all sorts of them, throughout the year. I had set out a goal to read 26 full-length books, ie, one per fortnight over the year. I was following the plan until May, when I rediscoverd my love for comic books with the launch of Amar Chitra Katha Android app and the 12 comic books that came free with it.
Read as ‘commitment’ and then a ‘counter-commitment’ for each point. I commit to taking full responsibility for the circumstances of my life, and my physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. I commit to support others to take full responsibility for their lives. I commit to blaming others and myself for what is wrong in the world. I commit to being a victim, villain, or a hero and taking more or less than 100% responsibility.
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle My rating: 5 of 5 stars One word - unputdownable! Background I am not into reading classics, but chanced upon obtaining the first volume of Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories from a friend. To much of my astonishment, a text written in late 19th century turned out to be really engaging. Not very comfortable in reading fat books, I started reading out the volume in the form of a sample from Kindle store on my Paperwhite.
Habibi by Craig Thompson My rating: 5 of 5 stars At 672 pages, this is probably the longest graphic novel I have read, but one can’t go just by the page count, I finished it within 24 hours of acquiring the book from a friend. Yes, it was that engaging. A photo posted by Kartik Singhal (@k4rtik) on Nov 9, 2014 at 7:57am PST The book portrays the complicated relationship of two child slaves who meet by chance, grow up together, get separated and meet again, all this while craving for each other’s company while facing the hardship of the world.