Mr. Sampath: The Printer of Malgudi

Fri 19 August 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Srinivas wants to chart his own path but is burdened by responsibilities. He comes to Malgudi to start "The Banner", a weekly magazine and here he meets Sampath, the printer. Together, they form a partnership to promote the weekly. When the subscriptions start looking up, Sampath forces Srinivas to suspend …

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The Serpent and the Rope

Mon 01 August 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

As I was cleaning a shelf full of books from my dad's collection, my eyes fell on an old and faded book that went unnoticed in the previous chores. The book was "The Serpent and the Rope" by Raja Rao. I looked up the name on Wikipedia and realized that …

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Relationships that defy logic

Sun 24 July 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Some bonds transcend logic and blood relationships. When was the last time you experienced this?

This morning, my neighbour's mother whom I fondly called "Paati" (grandmother in Tamil) passed away. She was an active lady who cared for everyone and bore no ill feelings against anyone. She knew my culinary …

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Everybody loves a good drought

Mon 11 July 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

The news of the number of Indian billionaires in the Forbes list increasing every year should be heartening, right? Actually not, the major portion of the country (generally dubbed "The other India" by the foreign press) only seems to be getting poorer by the day. They are dispossessed of their …

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The Wanderer and The Prophet

Fri 08 July 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Kalyan recommended these books and need I say more about his recommendations? The Wanderer and The Prophet (two separate books) are a collection of fables and parables by Kahlil Gibran.

"The Wanderer" is a collection of close to twenty stories each spanning a couple of pages and discuss one philosophical …

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All work and no play...

Sun 17 April 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

As the sun gleamed through the news paper plastered window, he regained his senses but shifted his position and tried to get back to sleep. Ten minutes later, he was awake but struggling to get off the bed. He felt a lump in his throat, eyes burning and his back …

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Hackers and Painters

Sun 27 March 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

When I picked up "Hackers and Painters", I didn't believe that I would be bored even for a moment but my premonition was wrong.

"Hackers and Painters" is a collection of 15 essays on startups and programming by Paul Graham, an eminent VC and the founder of Y Combinator.

"Why …

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Catcher in the Rye

Sun 20 March 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"The Catcher in the Rye" is J.D Salinger's novel that depicts teen turmoil through the story of the protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Holden is a student of Pencey prep school and just like in his earlier schools has been kicked out for failing all his subjects.

The book starts off …

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Time to grow up

Sat 19 March 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

This world is full of immature kids! Kids, who might have grown up physically and hold responsible positions in society but display immaturity by posting your private conversations with them on online public fora. Conversations that are harmless, with titbits of gossip and usually forgotten in a few moments.

These …

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Jeffrey Archer's Cat O' Nine Tales

Tue 26 January 2010 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Cat O' Nine Tales was my first Jeffrey Archer book. I picked it up with great hesitation because I hadn't read any of his previous books and a friend warned me that his books required lot of patience to finish.Luckily, Cat O' Nine Tales was Jeffrey Archer's fifth instalment …

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