Ranjit Singh: Maharaja of Punjab
Khushwant Singh, a noted author pens the biography of Ranjit Singh, referred to as 'The Lion of Punjab' by the Sikhs. He was the first king to have unified the Punjab and built a huge empire. The book documents the events in Ranjit Singh's life chronologically with a lot of …read more
The Last Lecture
Randy Pausch's "The Last Lecture" may not be as evocative and stylish as Paul Kalanithi's "When Breath Becomes Air" but is heart-breaking nevertheless. He was a professor at the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that later metastized into the liver. Randy delivered …read more
An Era of Darkness
"An Era of Darkness" sprung out of a popular lecture by Shashi Tharoor in London. This speech was appreciated by a lot of Indians even across the political spectrum but caused some stir amongst the English. To address these, the author deemed it fit to write a book as it …read more
The Book Thief
Lisa is on the cusp of adolescence while she is put up for adoption by Nazi authorities and finds herself in the home of Hans and Rosa Hubermann. She is confused as to why she has to live with her foster parents when her mom is alive. After settling into …read more
Importing OpenStreetMap data into Postgresql
I fired up an AWS EC2 server (t3.large) running Ubuntu and installed the awscli package and configured it using my AWS Key and Secret Key.
sudo apt-get …read more
I have been using Mutt, a text-based email client for ages for some self-hosted email that I use internally. Someone recently asked me to share my .muttrc and so here goes:
set editor = "emacs -nw" set mbox_type=Maildir set mbox="~/Mail/Inbox" set spoolfile="~/Mail/Inbox" set folder="~/Mail/" set …read more
A People's History of the United States
"History is written by the victors" goes a famous quote. Every reading of history should be treated with some scepticism. "A People's History of the United States" written by Howard Zinn narrates history not through the government's propaganda but through common people's movements.
The book opens with Christopher Columbus' armada …read more
Port Forwarding with HAProxy
I recently acquired a beefy bare-metal server and wanted to run a bunch of services within VMs based on KVM managed by libvirt. Only ports 80 and 443 for these VMs would be exposed and the rest of the ports (say SSH) visible only from the internal network.
Initially, I …read more
Looks can be deceptive. Very deceptive. When some villagers name the protagonist "Shantaram" after his calm nature, little idea did they have of his fierce past. Shantaram tries hard to melt into his surroundings and maintain a low-key but keeps getting into trouble.
Gregory David Roberts, the author, embellishes his …read more
When breath becomes air
What would you do if you are informed that you are dying (no timeline provided)? Would you continue working towards your dream? Or give up and spend the rest of the time cursing your fate?
Paul Kalanithi is close to completing his neurosurgeon residency at Stanford. He has worked hard …read more