Night of January 16th

Tue 11 November 2014 by Thejaswi Puthraya

This is a play written by Ayn Rand that documents the trial of Karen Andre for the murder of her employer and lover, Bjorn Faulkner on the "Night of January 16th".

The play is fully set in the court and no actual depiction of the murder is shown. The whole incident is recollected through the statements of the witnesses and the defendant. A jury which is picked from the audience (a novelty) at the start of the play is pleaded to come to a decision. Since this isn't scripted, the jury could go either ways and the ending has been tailored for the two outcomes (another novelty). To make life difficult for the jury, the evidences are evenly balanced and Ayn Rand hopes that before pronouncing the verdict, we will bring out the mirror with which we judge ourselves and the society.

This is a thin book spanning around 100 pages and can easily be read in one sitting.

Nginx Basic Auth without htpasswd-tools

Mon 10 November 2014 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Sometimes you may want to hide your staging server or project under development from search engines and prying eyes but you don't want to take a lot of pain. HTTP Basic Auth is one solution (can be used as a proper authentication mechanism for web-apps as well) to allow ...

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Lee Iacocca: An autobiography

Fri 31 October 2014 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Lee Iacocca was the poster child at Ford, having started from the bottom and worked his way through (being credited with the Ford Mustang) to become the President of the company. Things seemed to be going well until he was fired after sweating it out for more than thirty years ...

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The Rozabal Line

Tue 30 September 2014 by Thejaswi Puthraya

It all starts at the shrine of a mysterious figure in Kashmir. A Hindu astrologer notices a weird star formation and predicts the end of the world and a woman finds a severed head in a library shelf in London. What on earth is happening?

Ashwin Sanghi, the author, builds ...

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HBR on Leadership

Wed 24 September 2014 by Thejaswi Puthraya

This book is touted to be one of "HBR's 10 MUST reads" and also boasts of an article by Peter Drucker, the father of "modern management".

The book is compiled from their repository of articles and most of them use case-studies to drive the point. Each chapter discusses one ...

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Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

Thu 18 September 2014 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish" was the legendary parting quote from Steve Jobs during a Stanford commencement. Rashmi Bansal picks up on that quote to narrate the entrepreneurial travails of 25 alumnii from IIM Ahmedabad.

I am not sure if it was intended to be a marketing message for a management ...

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The Racketeer

Tue 16 September 2014 by Thejaswi Puthraya

An upcoming black lawyer finds himself behind bars for money-laundering. He hardly gets an opportunity to defend himself during the farcical proceedings. After the sentencing, he is treated on par with criminals convicted of heinous crimes and he seethes with anger at this and wants to get back at the ...

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The Hungry Tide

Fri 29 August 2014 by Thejaswi Puthraya

No one, and I repeat "no one" can describe the beauty of the Gangetic delta as well as Amitav Ghosh. The inhabitants of the tiny islands in the delta have made peace with the tide but they fear it when it is accompanied by the storm.

In this book, he ...

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The Cobra

Wed 23 July 2014 by Thejaswi Puthraya

When the first citizen of the United States decides to put an end to the drug menace, he calls in one of the most experienced hands to handle this job. "The Cobra" had served "The Commander in Chief" in similar roles but was pushed into retirement. Now with this herculean ...

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Wise and Otherwise

Sat 21 June 2014 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Wise and Otherwise" is yet another installment of short stories from Sudha Murthy. She effortlessly describes most Indian middle class households through her stories. Be it neglected seniors of the house, friends who change with money, orphans who are still gratuitous even after decades, this book covers a wide range ...

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