The Financial Expert

Sat 24 September 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

When does scarcity of money hurt the most? When you see it's grace showered on the undeserved. This is the premise of "The Financial Expert", yet another masterpiece from RK Narayan.

Margayya is a petty service agent who helps villagers extract loans from a co-operative society bank. One day, he …

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Behind the Scenes: From HTML Form to Storage

Wed 21 September 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Cross posted from my work blog post

In this post, we are going to see what happens behind the scenes when a file is uploaded to a django powered web application.

File Upload Flow

An HTML form with a file input (atleast one) and encoding set to multipart/form-data is submitted. The MultiPartParser …

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Installing drivers for Samsung ML-1676 on Linux

Sat 10 September 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Today, I purchased a Samsung ML-1676 Monochrome Laser Printer. I was under the impression that most printers are now supported out of the box but I was wrong. This model of the printer uses a proprietary language called the Samsung Printing Language (SPL) and hence drivers are not included in …

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The Bachelor of Arts

Sun 04 September 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"The Bachelor of Arts" is probably RK Narayan's best book I have read so far. It has all the elements that contemporary writers abuse - friendship, infatuation, heart break, self awakening and love. But the book differs from the current crop in it's treatment. It is subtle and the doesn't go …

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Let The People Think

Sat 03 September 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Let The People Think" is a collection of essays by Bertrand Russell, an English writer, philosopher and mathematician. He was one of the very few English men to profess his anti-war and anti-colonial thoughts during the two world wars and this nearly led to his persecution after being labelled a …

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The Real Inspector Hound

Thu 01 September 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"The Real Inspector Hound" is a satire on theatre critics and the image of English aristocracy built by P.G Wodehouse and Agatha Christie. While taking the viewers through a murder plot, the play showcases the absurdity of theatre critics. Throughout the 75 minutes, the viewers are kept guessing the …

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Success

Sun 28 August 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

"Success", a play directed by Edward Morgan of Theatre MXT (USA) explores the cost of success. Success has lot of meanings and people tend to categorize it further as professional success, academic success etc.

Rick Sterling, a media consultant is sought after by lots of politicians as he is credited …

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The Interview

Sat 27 August 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Yesterday, I watched my first play after school at Ravindra Bharathi as a part of The Hindu Metroplus Theatre Fest 2011.

"The Interview", an award winning play directed by Akarsh Khurana of Akvarious Productions depicted a stressful interview of a desperate job seeker at the country's largest corporation. It showcased …

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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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