The vendor of sweets

Tue 16 April 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

What happens when your children don't believe in the values you live by? "The vendor of sweets" is a classic story that narrates this. Jagan is a sweet vendor at R K Narayan's Magludi who believes in everything organic and Gandhiji's way of life.

His son Mali grows up to …

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1984

Mon 15 April 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

I had heard of the phrases "Orwellian Future" and "Big Brother is watching you" many times but never appreciated the seriousness they conveyed until I read this book.

In 1984, Oceania (a fictitious country) is controlled by a totalitarian regime headed by "The Party" symbolized by "Big Brother". Every member …

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Steal like an Artist

Wed 30 January 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Austin Kleon, is a US based writer and artist and "Steal like an artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative" is his second book. I found this book in a doctor's waiting room and started paging through because it sounded exciting.

The book comprises 170 pages with half …

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Leadership Wisdom

Tue 29 January 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

I am a big fan of Robin Sharma's "The Monk who sold his Ferrari". The story telling technique to communicate personal improvement goals stands out among books of Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey etc.

"Leadership Wisdom by the monk who sold his Ferrari" adopts the same story telling technique to convey …

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The War Ministry

Mon 28 January 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

The War Ministry is the concluding book of the Raisina Series by Krishan Partap Singh (after Young Turks and Delhi Durbar).

Azim Khan and Karan Nehru make a comeback in this book and the story resumes from where it left off in the Young Turks. Azim Khan is elevated to …

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Delhi Durbar

Sun 27 January 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Delhi Durbar is the second book (first being Young Turks) in the Raisina Series by Krishan Partap Singh. In this book, Jasjit Sidhu inherits his father's power brokering business after his death and forced to return to India leaving his cushy investment banker job abroad. Here, he finds himself falling …

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Upload a directory to Rackspace Cloud Files from command line

Wed 02 January 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Here's a simple bash script that uploads a directory to Rackspace Cloud Files and may later on be served as a static website.

First we have to authenticate to get the authentication token that has to be passed for every request:

$ curl -v -X GET -H "X-Auth-User: <username>" -H "X-Auth-Key …
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Young Turks

Wed 02 January 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

It's our perception that it takes ages to rise in politics and hence it is dominated by the 'old'. The "Young Turks" by Krishan Partap Singh debunks that perception (how I wish it were true in real life). It captures the rise of two friends with contrasting personalities who have …

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Getting Real

Tue 01 January 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Getting Real is a best-selling book from 37Signals (the authors of Rework) with the tagline "The smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application".

The book discusses the practices followed and observations of 37Signals in building SaaS (restricted to webapps). It commences by emphasizing that "Less is the …

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Lashkar

Sun 30 December 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Robert Ludlum is a very famous author in the spy and war genre. Mukul Deva may be considered his Indian counterpart with best sellers like Lashkar and Salim Must Die.

Lashkar is the story of India's response to a terrorist attack in Delhi by LeT. The story intersperses some real …

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