The Life of Pi

And then he took the seventh day to rest. We call it a Sunday. My exams are about 2 days away. I canโ€™t read a word of the book Iโ€™m trying to study. So I resorted to writing the much procrastinated review of one of the best books Iโ€™ve read and probably the only book I believe was worth the Man Booker it got.

As is usual with me, I will digress to the level of making you check the title of the post again. But yet, I will come through. So, we went to Odyssey at EA Mall one fine day and I go directly into the books section. Since I usually have an unlimited budget on what books I buy (Yeah ๐Ÿ˜€ .. My parents are THAT awesome), I tend to browse and buy a lot. I see this book. Although it was in the fiction section and I had heard of the fact that it was a great book from people who never were into math in the first place, it did not strike me that the book was not about the number pi. Ajay clarified that the book was complete fiction, had nothing to do with math and was one of the best books that he ever came across. Now I trust few people on the subject of reading. Ajay is definitely one of them.

So I bought the book with a debit card (Again, what can I say, I am COOL! :D) and went off home to read it.

The Life of Pi is hard to describe in one sentence. It is like nothing Iโ€™ve ever read before. That is saying something considering I read a lot. I am not being patronising, believe me. Some books leave a very deep imprint on your memory cells. This is definitely one of them. I categorise it in the same league as LotR, Shantaram and all the other classics which are worth their words.

The book is about a character named Piscine Molitor Patel โ€“ the great mix of names has a long story behind it โ€“ and this is a story of how his life completely changes from peaceful harmony to absolute chaos and a struggle for survival. Sounds like the government of 10 countries are chasing him around the globe, doesnโ€™t it? There, you would be wrong. The story is about how he gets caught in a lifeboat after losing his family in a drowning ship and has a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra and a Royal Bengal Tiger for company. Getting interesting, isnโ€™t it? Like the back of the book says โ€“ The scene is set for a great adventure ๐Ÿ™‚

Rather than delve into the plot and make spoilers, I thought Iโ€™d just skim through my own thoughts on the book. I find most authors have a knack of being VERY exhaustive on the descriptions. Of particular notice among the contemporaries would be Dan Brown. Yann Martel has the same problem. If you read a lot, you will eventually start ignoring most of the facts or come back to the descriptions if some line in the book doesnโ€™t match the imagined character in your head.

The author seems to have done his homework on both India (where the protagonist is from) and survival at sea. Although some of the descriptions may be too grotesque to the liking of others, I am quite acclimatised to it (I suggest watching dexter :P). It can get quite boring in the middle for people who get easily distracted though โ€“ one reason why I couldnโ€™t finish the book within a day and a half as I usually do at my speed.

Yann Martelโ€™s writing is kind of unique in a way (as is everyone elseโ€™s). He seems to go more into the language of the layman โ€“ which is pretty appropriate considering the style of narration โ€“ rather than the high end English that Amitav Ghosh resorts to. It is sheer hypocrisy to say I prefer that but I really do.

Final Consensus โ€“ The book is most definitely worth the read. If you feel bored after some time, keep the book down, go for a walk, whistle random tunes, log on to facebook, drink some coffee, have a KitKat and then come back to the book. I guarantee you that when you finish reading, you will feel the exact same way as I do.

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The beast!

People nickname a lot of things. Their friends, themselves, their stuffed toys, teachers, college subjects, places, hang outs and finally their โ€œlittleโ€ selves ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›

I nicknamed my laptop. No, not the old one. But my brand new laptop. Yes, congratulations are in order, jealous looks are anticipated, slander to be borne but its all worth it for this veritable beast that I almost tricked my father into buying ๐Ÿ˜€

But, let me relive my boorish awesomeness and my steadfast nature which facilitated me in getting this new toy.

I really needed a new laptop because I didnโ€™t have enough power in my old one. I mean, it looked cool, downright cute and was very handy but it had an Intel Atom processor which made it about as powerful as my old home PC.

I brought up the subject in summer of 2010. Dad agreed immediately when I told him I needed it for studies. But I didnโ€™t have the heart to give away my beloved netbook. So, I leave it at that.

Then, around October, my dad tells me to get a new laptop since he needs my netbook. I agree. But again, my love for my netbook stopped me from taking further action. Around November, my dad gets really frustrated and asks me to get one or he will buy one himself and it will be another netbook. I fought a little but left it at that since I had lost all need for a new laptop by then, what with Matlab no longer being part of my core syllabus.

In December during my holidays, my dad gets his frustration to peak and threatens to take my netbook away without buying me a new laptop. I get my legs under me and go shopping. I know what I want โ€“ an i7 core processor with whatever else can fit in the budget. I didnโ€™t look far. I browsed the Dell site and ordered it online.

 

 

YES! I got a Dell XPS ๐Ÿ˜€

The specifications? Iโ€™m only too happy to tell you:

Processor โ€“ Core i7

Speakers โ€“ JBL ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

RAM โ€“ 6GB

Graphics Card โ€“ 2GB Nvidia GT series ๐Ÿ˜›

HDD โ€“ 500GB (Sad, I know ๐Ÿ˜ฆ )

3 USB ports; 2 of them being USB 3.0

Blu Ray Drive ๐Ÿ˜€

Thatโ€™s about it I guess. Although I made a mistake of not buying a 9 cell battery with the laptop, the rest of it is well worth every penny. Its worked like a charm till now. Oh, btw, the screen is LED ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Yes, I miss my netbook but this is more than a good substitute. Downsides? The bloody weight of course. But the absolute raw power it gives is so satisfying to the absolutely deadened brain receptors which give a gap of almost 10 seconds to check the screen after clicking Firefox to check if it finally opened.

Oh well ๐Ÿ™‚

Aaaand weโ€™re back!

The title is inspired from the message gtalk gives once it connects back online. Considering I have enough experience on the connectivity issue, I have by hearted most of the error messages Google Chrome gives.

Anyway, things have changed around me. There is the new playtoy, the work concerning college clubs, the new semester, the awesome new year ๐Ÿ˜€ .. and a lot more.

So what do you do when you are bored and you know a lot about the internet? You create 4 or 5 posts, tag them separately and post links on all major social media sites. Then, watch as the views per day for your blog rises like hell. I guess I shall start with the playtoy.

Aaaand we’re back!

The title is inspired from the message gtalk gives once it connects back online. Considering I have enough experience on the connectivity issue, I have by hearted most of the error messages Google Chrome gives.

Anyway, things have changed around me. There is the new playtoy, the work concerning college clubs, the new semester, the awesome new year ๐Ÿ˜€ .. and a lot more.

So what do you do when you are bored and you know a lot about the internet? You create 4 or 5 posts, tag them separately and post links on all major social media sites. Then, watch as the views per day for your blog rises like hell. I guess I shall start with the playtoy.

Post A Week!

So, WordPress here thought it’d be fun to introduce some new agenda of PostAWeek to help increase their blog posts, page views, ad views, revenue and all that shit. Oh, btw, it’s also an awesomesauce idea.

I guess I’ll sign up for it since I post once in 2 weeks already ๐Ÿ˜› … Next post is not due for sometime though ๐Ÿ˜›