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. 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.
After moving to Bangalore Bengaluru over a year ago and starting to work full time, I was beginning to think I had lost touch with writing on my blog completely. This week after stumbling upon a fellow BBC member’s book blog, it occurred to me — I actually had been writing book reviews on Goodreads all this while! In the spirit of keeping all my written (and hopefully useful) content here, I decided to migrate the read-worthy reviews here.
Just a quick note that I have successfully migrated all posts from the original TechGlider Blog which used to reside at http://techglider.in/kartik/blog couple of years ago. This completes migration of all my written content. Fixing broken links, images, etc. is the major work that remains. Aside: I ended up skimming through much of my old content, feels very childish now; my friends from that time might get a laugh or two reading about memories recorded in here.
Business Doctors: Management Consulting Gone Wild by Sameer Kamat My rating: 3 of 5 stars I don’t generally pick up fiction books that easily, but when I first read about the book, I found it intriguing. The fact that the book is self-published added to my curiosity. So, when Sameer approached me over Goodreads and offered a complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review, I was all but happy. The plot immediately catches your attention in that it puts a consultant into a completely unimaginable situation and explores how he handles the situation to the best of his capability.
Today I am relaunching my website - http://techglider.in - in a new avatar. This, in the form of techglider.com, used to be my first website on the Internet until the .com domain was stolen by a domain shark. Sometime later, I switched to writing on wordpress.com and stopped maintaining this site. A constant feeling of not having an official web home and a permanent place to put my thoughts out for the world has been nagging me for months, this reinit is the first step in solving this problem.
A ‘Psycho’ Path by Haris Ibrahim K. V. My rating: 3 of 5 stars A first collection of stories & articles from a budding writer friend. Liked the book overall. The stories are imaginative and much often leave one thinking near the end. Some articles felt lacking in trying to convey the intended meaning, but others especially void Easy(); and The Magic of Reading were quite well written. Looking forward to a full length book from the author.
A Byte of Vim by Swaroop C.H. My rating: 4 of 5 stars Finished that 30-minute crash course with vimtutor and don’t yet know the power of vim? This small book is your next best step to become an effective vimmer. One star less only because the book is out of maintenance and one may find many broken links. Also, the formatting of the definitive source (PDF) could be a bit better.