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50 Must Read Books

April 16, 2008

1984-George Orwell
A Clockwork Orange-Anthony Burgess
A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
American Psycho-Brett Easton Ellis
Breakfast at Tiffany’s-Truman Capote
Brighton Rock-Graham Greene
Catch-22-Joseph Heller
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-Roald Dahl
Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and other stories-Annie Proulx
Devil in a Blue Dress-Walter Mosley
Different Seasons (includes The Shawshank Redemption)-Stephen King
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?-Philip K Dick
Doctor Zhivago-Boris Pasternak
Empire of the Sun-JG Ballard
Fight Club-Chuck Pahluniak
Get Shorty-Elmore Leonard
Goldfinger-Ian Fleming
Goodfellas-Nicholas Pileggi
Heart of Darkness-Joseph Conrad
Jaws-Peter Benchley
LA Confidential-James Ellroy
Les Liaisons Dangereuses-Choderlos de Laclos
Lolita-Vladimir Nabokov
Lord of the Flies-William Golding
Oliver Twist-Charles Dickens
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest-Ken Kesey
Orlando-Virgina Woolf
Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen
Rebecca-Daphne du Maurier
Schindler’s Ark-Thomas Keneally
Sin City-Frank Miller
Tess of the D’Urbevilles-Thomas Hardy
The Day of the Triffids-John Wyndham
The English Patient-Michael Ondaatjee
The French Lieutenant’s Woman-John Fowles
The Godfather-Mario Puzo
The Hound of the Baskervilles-Arthur Conan Doyle
The Jungle Book-Rudyard Kipling
The Maltese Falcon-Dashiell Hammett
The Outsiders-SE Hinton
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie-Muriel Spark
The Railway Children-Edith Nesbitt
The Remains of the Day-Kazuo Ishiguro
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold-John Le Carré
The Talented Mr Ripley-Patricia Highsmith
The Vanishing-Tim Krabbé
To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee
Trainspotting-Irvine Walsh
Watership Down-Richard Adams

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Guardian Books

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Bliss ?

April 13, 2008

There are times when one feels extremely happy, obliviously taking joy in the simplest of pleasures … everything seems to be beautiful in a whole new perspective … they may be the same daily things we see but in someway they are different and somehow there’s a new adjective attributed to all of them ! I can still remember the pleasure I got watching a smile on peoples faces ‘absorbing their happiness’, admiring the stars as if they just took their positions in the sky, truly immersing into a random song (genre: rock never found others as mesmerising), the flawless beauty of flowers, even a warm bath was so pleasing likewise almost everything under the sun …

But when we think about it later when in the more say ‘normal’ state though boring would better describe it, all that remains a distant memory. Life doesn’t seem as colorful but if we can just remember the feelings felt when looking at the same object it still brings a smile on my face … contemplating things makes it more easy to enjoy life as it is …

I am not at all going to the darker side which is not worth sharing … Life sucks during that time !

The End ! No questions please …

Brisingr Spoiler …

March 18, 2008

Eragon

” In BRISINGR, the next book of the Inheritance cycle, Eragon will meet a God ”

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Examinations

March 14, 2008

I have never really understood the primary motive of examinations but the secondary ones are getting clearer and clearer by the day. I finally gave up to my urge to blog which is one among the infinite things for which i have suddenly developed a compulsive urge to do. The moment I open the book there is a flash of memory of something left incomplete which in no remote way would help me pass let alone fare well in the exams.

Strange to find people eager to play aoc who other wise would have come with great excuses , watch recorded games, download new series complete unfinished movies, download new albums, post on the forums, find topcoder very interesting, browse through tech sites and of course a high log activity for the socializing sites, a weird mix of status messages which keep changing by the hour on Gtalk, people gathering and exchanging woes, feeling bad for not studying the entire semester (well when we couldn’t read the course given those many days how can we expect to complete it in a day 😛 ), blaming the lecturers for their incompetence in gaining our attention in the classes, keeping with up friends blogs 😉 … well if I take up thetask of completing this list I would surely flunk tomorrow’s (today’s) exam ! Less than 10hrs and here I am ‘preparing’ to start my Preparation … hmmm rhymes nice maybe I should write another post on this … ::smack’s self, goes offline … 🙂 ::

Technex ’08

February 20, 2008

The Tech fest of IT-BHU … Few of my friends proposed that we should attend the fest on a ‘typical’ afternoon (15th) and lo in less than 2 hours almost 20 of us started for the holy city of Varanasi

“Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” ~~ Mark Twain

We reached the city almost at the onset of twilight and after a few misdirections which involved the circling of the campus (which is 1300 acres in all !!!), we finally reached the entrance. First look at the campus and it’s buildings only reminded me of the adjectives majestic and royal. I always took pride in the buildings at my college which are quite impressive but they seemed miniature in front of these archaic ones … though not modern it was designed to be eye candy … well enough talk about the buildings, after the registration we were given accommodation … I did not like the hospitality that well though as compared to what we received at iit bombay (indigo cult fest dec ’06) and nit durgapur (tech fest feb ’07).

The first event we got to see was the Pyro-Technics show which was quite amazing ! Just staring into the night sky and watching those wonderful fire crackers creating myriad shapes was quite pleasing … it went on for almost 20 min after which we went to Swathantrata Bhavan sb as they call it where our event was to start i.e Gaming 😀 … half of us came for this and others for Night Shift which was an overnight coding competition … There was counter-strike, age of empires and Nfs most wanted. We just got to play one cs match due to some “technical difficulties” ( this phrase was quite recursive through out the fest ) the event was postponed … We were better off as compared to the coding event which was as pre-historic as the campus itself !! The online judge wasn’t working and hence our guys were supposed to mail their solutions and in addition to that they were asked to work on Turbo C++ !!! When was the last time one used tc++ ? After heated arguments with the event coordinator’s our guys boycotted the event (sounds funny right … i meant the word 😛 ) … poor guys they paid the registration and came all this way for nothing ! Well not exactly we enjoyed a lot back in the dormitories we were alloted ! I was almost laughing the entire night with the antics and stupid things we were doing …memories… 🙂 !

Day two … thankfully the technical problems were ‘reduced’ and hence gaming was resumed and we got to play a few matches advancing in cs and age but got k.o. (knocked out)in nfs … we did not get much time to roam the city as the three day schedule had to be squeezed into just the 2 days ! There was a lecture by Kevin Worwick who is a renowned professor and scientist of Cybernetics and who is considered the first human cyborg ! His talk was quite gripping and intriguing especially when he mentioned about the between the inter nervous systems communication (on which he carried many experiments). He was optimistic about the possibility of controlling anything which is accessible on the Internet just by thinking … He even showed a video involving a person suffering from Parkinson’s disease and how the neural technology could almost cure it … There was a demonstration of a miniature working model of a locomotive by Prof. Iqbal Ahmed which was something special for the day. Later in the night there was a Laser show which was not extravagant but good enough though the music was awful … imagine listening to venga boys while watching a laser show !

Day 3 … The final day and hence things were quite fast paced … My mom called and was quite surprised to find out that I was at Kashi and even more when she came to know that I have been staying for 2 days … anyways she asked me to go the temple (the first thing that comes when anyone things about varanasi) … Thus my eventual visit to Vishveshwaryya temple which was inside the campus ! This was as majestic as any other building on campus and quite intimidating as well. A huge temple with a pleasant ambience … It was very nice … After that we went to the gaming arena and successfully lost in cs in the semis (i got knifed twice :(( ) … in age we won the tournament at least we did not return empty handed ::wink:: … There was a Water Screen event that night but everyone was in a hurry to get back home and hence we started that night and finally reached allahabad by mid night …

The good thing about and after the trip was that we won in age; we won the cricket tournament … now coming to the bad part i was lying on bed ever since i came back with cold and headache :(( I feel a lot better now though … wrapped in blankets in the prime of the day and blogging and yeah with a headache threatening to start any minute now … Have a nice day everyone keep smiling and yeah do take care cold is such a pain in the … Later ! 🙂

The Road Not Taken …

February 12, 2008

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

So said Robert Frost an American Poet …

How many times have we not wondered the outcome of the decision we take ? Even though it may be the right one at the moment there’s always that nagging feeling that maybe the other choice would have been better ; even though you do considerably well choosing a path our thoughts hover around the divergence point … The one thing that i have learnt is that life would not have been any better than what it is now … This way there is no point brooding over the decisions taken in the past

 

Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. ~Swami Vivekananda
Easier said than done … I agree but once you actually realize that this is the truth then it wouldn’t seem that difficult after all ! Trust me i have been in quite a few unfriendly situations … the only thing that helps you out is this outlook of life alone … well that depends actually whether you stay in your world sulking at your present condition or you could get a ‘life’

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life — It goes on” ~ Robert Frost

 

Finally got back to blogging after a long time actually due to some blog I found in WordPress … got impressed by it and guess what I did … Created a new blog in WordPress then imported all my old posts and as is my usual case as soon as I find something new have to spend a few hours tweaking/configuring/admiring/experimenting/eventually getting bored(read lazy) 😉 If not for that why in the world would I be blogging when I have got a Quiz in Artificial Intelligence tomorrow (well honestly speaking i wouldn’t have been preparing anyway :P) have hibernated from blogging for like six months now !!!! and the worst part is when so many interesting events have passed since … let’s see Independence Day 😛 ,Our college fest Effervescence (Nov-’07) (this happened to be the best fest iiit has ever seen and moreover organized by our batch !!!!!!!) then there was diwali as well had a nice celebration in the college … the awful endsems surprisingly i got my highest cgpi till now … then there was the pleasant break spent at Hyderabad though only for a few days was quite satisfying let me say gratifying 😉 for reasons untold 😛 and today was special as well first there was a Saraswati Puja at the college Guest house and then … A few of us gave a party(for getting internships) and it was quite nice to see all the batch mates together … we enjoyed quite a lot … good to see everyone with a smile after a long time … whoa deviated a lot from the topic already … let’s end this post here

Later !

Friendship Day

August 5, 2007

A Happy Friendship Day to all you people …
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