August 15, 2014
This is the second time I am using Ubuntu automatic upgrade; yesterday, I went from Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04. But for some glitches with tex-common and octave (which I believe I have fixed now). Very nice indeed!
Read Dian Fosey’s Gorillas in the mist. A very sad but truly elevating reading experience. Strongly recommended.
Also read Reif Larsen’s The young and prodigious T. S. Spivet. A nice novel. Enjoyed reading it a lot. Another strong recommendation!
July 27, 2014
Who can dismantle and put back a blast furnace!
I remember walking along Jubilee Park when a man in a bowtie greeted us. He was walking a hysterical-looking poodle. I laughed at the sight. My father reprimanded me, “Don’t get carried away by appearances. That man is a great engineer. He can roll up his sleeves and dismantle and put back a blast furnace.” All his examples were anecdotes or parables; one learnt by example.
That is Shiv Visvanathan remembering his metallurgist father. Take a look!
July 25, 2014
Singing without any accompaniment has a particular charm which we do not get to enjoy often. I heard Dr. Sriram Parasuram on Raagaa: a design principle yesterday and the demonstration pieces he sang were very nice. The talk was very interesting too!
July 8, 2014
 The silkworm by Robert Galbraith
 The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
 The collected works of A J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
All three are great. I have finished 1 and 2 and am about to complete 3. If I have to order the books by my preference, it would be 3, 1, and 2.
June 29, 2014
In Telegraph; DD Bharti is my favourite too!