Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Meandering along

Before I get onto the more banal stuff, Arun will be starting at MIT this September as MS/PhD student and will work with Prof.Anantha Chandrakasan.

Getting to the more banal stuff, a quick roundup of books I've read recently
- The Ender Trilogy: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide. Picked up these three books from Arjun and I seem to have a mixed opinion on them. While the science fiction itself is okay to boring, some of the larger philosophical questions and statements asked are rather neat. All in all though, I'd highly recommend everyone who enjoy's science fiction to read this series by Orson Scott Card.
- To Kill a Mocking Bird (Harper Lee): Since I hadn't ever read this classic, Kuntal decided to buy me a copy and I absolutely loved it. Given that there is no lack of critical material on this book, I have to admit that Scout Finch is the most awesome little lady I've ever come across :)
- Isaac Newton and his apple: A comic biography of Isaac Newton, from the Dead Famous series, I picked this book up from my younger cousins and liked it enough to buy a copy for meself. There's one on Einstein also which I'll buy as soon as it comes in stock at an Indian online retailer.
- I, Robot: Never having read much of Asimov, I finally got around to reading this. However, I can't really get myself to comment on it.

Of the stuff that's happened of late, the slightly more significant events would include Arun finishing up at IIT Bombay on top of his entire batch, our family's trip up north to Simla, Kulu and Manali where we had to battle the hyper-active Sun and keep ourselves from getting sunburnt and of course, my finishing 3 whole and rather hurried years at Amazon. I'd have to come back to recollect these three years in a separate post though.

That's about it for now.

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