The Mating Season

Sat 10 March 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Bertram Wooster is invited to a village to be part of a theatre troupe. Before leaving for the performance, he learns through his friend that his lover is being coaxed to marry her cousin and that Wooster was going to be their guest. After soliciting Jeeves advice, Wooster sets out …

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Talkative Man

Sun 29 January 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

R K Narayan is the natural choice after a heavy reading. "Talkative Man" is his shortest novel but not devoid of the signature humour or impressionable characters.

The "Talkative Man", a struggling journalist loves a good audience who are willing to lend their ears and he doesn't disappoint them. This …

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The Glass Palace

Mon 23 January 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Amitav Ghosh is probably the best contemporary Indian writer. His books have style and are not formulaic.

The Glass Palace is a fictional novel that begins with the exile of the last king of Burma. The story spreads across 3 generations and ends in the 1990s with the Burmese junta …

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Sat 21 January 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Rework might sound like a weird title for a book but after reading it, you can't think of a better one. The book is a collection of short essays on running a business from 37signals' Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.

Most of the essays have been compiled from their …

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Behind the Scenes: From request to response

Mon 02 January 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Cross posted from my work blog.

In the previous installment of "Behind the Scenes", we saw how the control flows from Form to File Storage. Today, we are going to see how the application reacts from request to response.

In this post, we are going to assume that we are …

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Sencha Touch vs jQuery Mobile

Thu 15 December 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Generally, I don't like to do a comparison of technologies or products in a single post because each deserves a dedicated post. But such type of posts get obsolete fast and the effort put into writing (not researching) them goes waste.

Before I start off the comparison, I need to …

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Guardian Angels

Wed 14 December 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

It was the perfect weather for an excursion and Rajith was accompanying his friends to a nearby hill station. He had picked all but the last hiker. The car pulled outside Amitesh's house and Rajith honked twice to signal their arrival. Within a minute, they received a text message from …

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Uncle Fred

Tue 13 December 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Uncle Fred is just like any other caring uncle but with one difference, his knack to invite trouble and then successfully sort it but only after a series of comic events. Lord Frederick Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred is a lovable character from P.G. Wodehouse's novel series.

While …

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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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