I heard about Machu Picchu and saw its picture for the first time only after it was declared as one of the new seven wonders of the world. I then read “The Motorcycle Diaries” by Che Guevara and that was when I first learnt something about this marvelous place. I also got to read about the Inca empire and its decline thanks to that wonderful book. After reading that book, I got so intrigued about Inca empire and Machu Picchu that I had to watch couple of documentaries and read some articles online to quench the curiosity. That was when I came across this book on Amazon in the bestsellers list. I knew I had to read this book but I took few years to actually get to it. I am so glad I did read this book. It is a wonderful book which gives you a virtual tour of all the popular Inca sites along with history about these places. Continue reading “Turn right at Machu Picchu – Book review”
New year is here and I have been missing in action from last 3+ months. It’s the longest time I have been away from my blog. I have never taken such a long break from blogging. Even though I could not log into my blog and scribble something, I have been reading posts on my phone. But since it is not so easy to comment from phone, I have been a silent reader. Next few months are going to be crazy busy so I am sure I will not have time for blogging. But I promise to be back to regular blogging and commenting soon.
My dad keeps recommending me movies from 1970s/60s which he enjoyed watching when he was in college/school. There were two movies that came highly recommended from him. I did not get a chance to watch these movies until recently. Sidney Poitier acted in both the movies and I just loved them! I had never seen any movie of his before and I think he is one of the best actors. The second movie listed here was remade in Bollywood with Vinod Khanna in it and probably also in some south Indian languages. But the original one in English is far better. There is less melodrama and it is more realistic. I am now planning to hunt for more movies by this actor. He is an academy award winner but he won Oscar for a completely different movie. I am yet to watch that movie.
Have you seen any of his movies?
This is something that has been there on my mind for a long time. I realized it was time to put it on the blog so that I can stop thinking about it. It usually works that way for me. This blog is like a pensieve where I dump my thoughts so that my brain can free up that much space.
What I have noticed is that
almost everyone many people from India who are settled in US talk to their children (no matter how old their children are) in English. Only in English.
Some people in India do not get to choose their career and are usually forced by their parents to pursue Engineering or Medical fields. But it was not so in my case. I was never forced to take up Engineering. In fact, every single person in my family wanted me to enter into medical field. I was adamant that I only wanted to study computer science. I was not interested in any of the other engineering branches too. And I did not choose this field because it has a high paying job or because some Tom, Dick and Harry chose it. I chose it because I loved it.
So what really made me want to study computer science?
For as long as I can remember, I have loved owning books. Yes, you heard it right. More than reading books, I love owning them. I was thinking about the books that I would like to own in my personal library at home. It’s a different thing that I live in a rented house. Having a home library is not possible as of now. But hey, it’s okay to dream.
In this world where friendships and relationships are taken for granted, I am lucky to have few friends who have stuck with me for all this time. Especially when I see people enter into and exit from my life faster than any train could. Most people are your friends because they need some help or information from you. Some act like friends because they don’t have anyone else to talk to or to listen to their grievances. But there are very few friends who stick with you through good and bad times of your life. You may not be talking to these friends everyday or every month or even every year, but they are always there for you when you need them. I am always so eager to meet these friends.
Let me present to you my best friends forever.
I keep reading many blogs but I rarely comment as I have to log into wordpress or blogger accounts every time I read something in order to comment. I read whenever I can squeeze in few minutes in between work. I usually leave an instant comment if your blog allows anonymous comments or does not require me to login. I usually login on a particular day and leave comments on the blogs which I liked reading from past few days. Yeah this is how I comment these days because of busy schedule.
I came across many new blogs recently and I liked some, while some I did not like. So here is a list of the kinds of articles that make me not read that blog. Usually I skip reading articles like these on most blogs. Sometimes I wonder why other people still like to read these articles.
I had always believed in quotes like these – “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. – Colin Powell”. I believed in such quotes when I was younger and more innocent. Not anymore. Now I understand that neither is success directly proportional to hard work nor is hard work sufficient for success. What you need is working smartly, being smart and knowing how to manipulate other people.