Potpourri! 

Life is a bliss since last post (sort of).

Office Blues

Not in a fixed project, so have the power of going to and coming from office at anytime I desire but with one condition : Fortnightly average should be 9 hours. Cognizant was a good place to be at when I joined back in 2014 but with recent hiring of Infosys’ guys, it is becoming a Nazi Concentration camp,  month by month. That’s not good. You can’t just change your culture for the sake of some good for nothing MBA’s hired from a company which I have hated since childhood. I kinda liked Wipro but Infosys was a big no – no.

Kindle Unlimited

Amazon’s and Flipkart’s annual sale ended few weeks back.  Didn’t found anything worth buying. But got a very good deal for Kindle Unlimited. 50% discount for all the Kindle Unlimited subscription plan.The Kindle Unlimited library has 10 millions + books. Thanks to the deal, I ended up reading a lots of books in just 2 weeks. Average would be 1 book in a day. That’s cool even for my reading speed standard. 

Kindle Unlimited is a nice online library sort of service. You can go to the Kindle  Unlimited catalog to select the books and at max, you can take only 10 books to read and after that return one to get a new one. Just hoping Amazon to give me a nice deal when my subscription ends next October.

Here is the complete list of all the books which I consumed so far.


Observations:

  1. India has surely come a long way since Chetan Bhagat and Durjoy Dutta days. Ravi Subramanian and Vish Dhamija are leading the pack. Their writing is a goal for the all the aspiring writers. Ravi Subramanian and Vish Dhamija are the only contenders to be the India’s John Grisham. Very detailed and absolutely no plot loopholes.
  2. Self-help books are shit books. They aren’t useful. Main thing is to listen to your heart but take a step forward by consulting your brain only. Your heart can take you to the drainage of your locality.
  3. Trying out new authors can be a tricky situation as most of the books are bound to be shit like the Sachin Garg’s, ” Come on Inner Peace! I don’t have all day!”. The worst book I have read in my life so far. I thought maybe this book is bad but when I inquired some of my friends about Sachin Garg’s other books, reviews were quite similar to mine observation. His books are shit. He just writes to capitalize on the recent trends. Above mentioned book is a capitalisation on Breaking Bad. Inshort, Sachin Garg is worse than Chetan Bhagat. Rest you can figure out if you have ever read books apart from courseworks.

 

Why do I write? 

Somewhere down the line I realized that complete strangers were frequenting my blog and sharing their views with me. I started receiving mails from people who sometimes agreed with me whole heartedly and sometimes were at loggerheads with me. This was fun. Blogging had suddenly become a means for intellectualization, for debate, for arguments and for agreements. But somewhere around this point things started going wrong. Vanity they say is the Devil’s favorite sin. I started getting a kick out of the fact that my blog was receiving around 100 unique hits daily. Checking the site meter and net traffic records became an obsession. The simple reason for which I had started my blog was lost. I just wanted to share my life, my views and my thoughts with my friends. But I will not give up blogging. My blog, since it is essentially about my life, might seem like an exercise in ego-feeding to some but to me it is the only way of communication with my friends. So I will continue blogging in the same way I have been for the last 16 months. No site-meter, no net traffic records, just blogging. I have enjoyed the discussions that resulted from my blog and I hope my writing inspires further discussions. In all of these, I noticed a strange thing. Strangers are more interested in talking about my posts than my known people. They just ignore whatever I write. I don’t know the reason.

The reasons may be on these possible observations:

  • they are too primitive to understand these things.
  •  they actually have a life which I know they don’t. Suckers.
  • Some are too busy in their ego-feeding and false superior thinking that they just can’t appreciate some original thinking. (Jealous Assholes)

 

Better to ignore them and carry on blogging, amigo. May the force be with you!

One thing good has happened in all these blogging years and I am quite happy about it.Thoughts are getting converted to words more easily these days and there is a new clarity in my thinking.

 

 

Advertisements

Paradoxical Excuses…

So, it has been 1 month and 1 week ( approx ) since I wrote something here which is a clear violation of the rule of ” 1 post per week”, also set by me. So now I am going to lay out all my excuses of why I didn’t write in that period. The same thing can be viewed as the status report ( thanks CTS for bringing the concept of “status report” in my life ) of where I was busy those days.

Professional side excuses :

Where CTS is taking me, I am still clueless as I didn’t have been allotted a fixed plan of my responsibilities at the work. So within 1 month, I had gained a good working knowledge of LoadRunner, Ruby, JavaScript, Analytics and a very basic idea of Python.

Experimented with the food at office a lot, which costed me a lot of stomach pains.

Lessons learnt : What looks good, is not always good ; this applies in the food also.

Social life in the office is nearly 0 as I am too busy in hustling here and there. But i need to keep a tab on it by searching a platform so that I can stick to it.

Though I had made some nice friends but all because of mutual connections so as long nothing is starting from the scratch, it doesn’t matter a lot. But it matters significantly.

Personal side excuses :

I am back with my girl P ; thanks Mr A for the advice. I will try to keep my mood swings in check.

Read a lot of books. Some are “finished” and some are the “in progress”. Last month, I bought so much books that I practically lose sight of time and space to focus on one book and ended up on spending a lot of everything on them.

List :
1. The 48 laws of power by Robert Greene.
2. Think like a freak by Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner.
3. The art of seduction by Robert Greene.
4. Simple Rules : How to thrive in a complex world by Donald Sull and Kathleen M Eisenhardt .
5. Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche.
6. Mastery by Robert Greene.
7. Gamification by Design by Gabe Zichermann and Christopher Cunningham.

Went with college-friends-now-colleagues on a short trip to Nandi Hills and Skandgiri Hills. The whole trip was OK other than some chutzpah of one stupid idiot. But it can be ignored.

(Yes, now I can handle a lot of stupidity simultaneously. This is what I wanted to learn from early on but CTS taught me that in 1 month.)

The images on my trip can be viewed from this link ( if you are any interested which i will assume you are not).

Link :
https://goo.gl/photos/kzKpaRYTH7DdinYQA

That’s all of my excuses, Now I have to run as I have to go to office also.

Random Funny pics I found on the net…

X men cartoon :

image

I DON’T KNOW cartoon :

image

Books : How and Why

Today, I snoozed my alarm 3 times before realizing that I, too, have to go to the office. So I got ready and went for the breakfast and I have a very bad habit of continuously doing 2-3 things together and I know it is bad as nothing gets my full attention but what to do, I still have to figure that out. Now back to what I was telling ; before I started about my ( bad ) habits. So this Times of India article caught my attention.
image

And I just realised that Books are the last things in the world on which I really want a war on. But right now, a war is brewing among the readers all over the world and it is not about the Books, it is about the medium. And the main two involved media are the Physical form Prints and Digital form Ebooks.

Before I start to share my thoughts on this, it would be nice that you go through this short video ; it is a nice introduction if you still haven’t figured out what I am talking about. It is from Jumpstart’14 and it shows Anshumani Ruddra silencing an overconcerned self righteous parent ( so called educator ) on the very same topic which I am discussing.

Talk about influence of book and mobile apps(games included) by Anshumani Ruddra at Jumpstart’14.

Now you may question me that the above video is about the influence of books and mobile apps ( games in this context ) on the children but it is a well known fact that the habits which we develop as a child goes with the us to our deathbed also and believe me if I say that the most legal and cheapest test subjects in the today’s world are the children. See around you, we all are merely the results of the experiments of our parents. Our taste, choices and decisions are the results of the ideological experiments of our parents. This may sound absurd. But see around you, we want to give our children nice experiences and facilities which we never got in our childhood and yet we don’t want them to be get spoiled but if we give our children everything that they demand they are sooner or later going to be spoiled, but we can’t say that it is going to happen, there are chances but we don’t know and say that for sure. This is a experiment, isn’t it? Think about it. Sooner or later, we have to raise kids. 😉

So I think now you have got the gist of what I want to talk about.

Books are our first friends outside our parents. And our parents, usually, are the medium through which we meet them.

Books tells us what to expect from the world. It tells us about the different types of world which exists in our world. It tells us about the future, past and present scenarios of the world through the view points of different thinkers who are nice enough to share their viewpoint with us ( not everyone wants to share their experiences and viewpoints ).

Books gives us the food for thought. It gives us the base upon which we can make our stories. The list is endless.

But is a war needed for the books on the basis of medium in which it is consumed? No, definitely no.

Whatever medium we may choose but books should be consumed, i mean read.

Now back to the main topic, every individual has a choice and they do things according to that. And that same choice and taste goes to the selection of books to read.

But should we read only those books which interest us? No. We should read everything and anything on which we could get our hands on , that way we can learn a lot of things about lots of things. Sometimes even knowing something which is not of your domain helps a lot in surprising situations which is sometimes very fruitful.

So buy the books, physical, which is of your taste and go for the digital ones of the other types of books. And in case you loved the book, buy it too.

It feels good to see your own little library at the home, isn’t it?

So, be smart when to buy a physical book and when to buy a digital one.

But Read, read and read. It will open millions of gates for you to have a wonderful journey.

Special Mention goes to the beautiful exotic-looking and enchanting specimen of the opposite fairer sex whom I saw last Friday and got introduced on Monday.I was instantly attracted towards her, something about her appearance revolted me and due to that this post come out after 3-4 sittings which proves I am under a lot of distraction these days.