Inimitable Jeeves

Tue 20 March 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

This book is a tribute to Jeeves, Bertie Wooster's affable valet. Jeeves acts as a 'universal' saviour right from the first page. For a change, this time it's not Bertie who is in trouble but his best friend from school, Bingo. Jeeves sorts out the issues in Bingo's love life …

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Mon 12 March 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

When you pick a book written by a bestselling author, featured twice on the New York Times bestseller list, your expectations are high.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell is a big letdown. The book is a study of success and relies on case studies to prove that hard work alone cannot …

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Aunts aren't gentlemen

Sun 11 March 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Based on doctor's advice, Bertram Wooster sets out to the countryside to relax and rejuvenate. At the village, he bumps into his ex-girlfriend. If that's not enough, her father suspects him of theft and her suspicious boyfriend has followed her from the city. With a lot of difficulty, Bertie manages …

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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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