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IndiVote!

I registered on IndiBlogger.in a few months back. I thought the concept behind the site was excellent, though the execution, at the time, still needed work. I am happy to note that the site has constantly been improved and has found acceptance with a large number of Indian bloggers. It is a great place to browse new blogs according to topics, categories or location. I've found quite a few amazing blogs through it, and their new 'ranking' system, IndiRank, is pretty handy when it comes to picking a few good reads.
The 'ranking' system scores blogs on some (unknown) parameters. Why 'ranking' is in quotes is because it isn't really a rank. It is a score out of 100, and the more you score, the better. Why they call it a 'rank' and not a 'rating' or 'score' beats me. It is quite funny to see people mistaking these to be actual ranks and believing their relatively low score/rating is a good thing. :) I hope they rectify this minor glit…

Bloggerly Duties - 2: The 15 Books Tag

This is part 2 of the promised 3 part series of fulfilling my bloggerly duties. I was tagged with the 15-books tag by the Rambler here. Apologies to her for not doing this earlier, but 15 books is seriously a lot of books! Procrastination is my middle name, as those who know me will vouch. But better late than never, and so here goes:

These are roughly in reverse chronological order, while skipping a few skip-able books.

1. Enchantress of Florence: My new favorite read. A breathtakingly opulent tale of love, passion, war and philosophy, entwined in history and woven together with a narrative that leaves you speechless. For pages on end I had goosebumps reading the exquisite prose and I guess that says more than anything I can express in words.

2. Fooled by Randomness:A contrarian academician's exposition of all things random. As the title suggests, the book expounds on the universal human trait to make erronous judgments and accept false hypothesis due to the inability to deal with …

10 Things I haven't done

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10. Watched the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) from the top of the world.






9. Viewed the Sun set on Paris from atop the Eiffel Tower.




8. Screamed my lungs out watching Kaka, Ronaldo & Company play for Real Madrid at the Bernebeu.



7. Climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa and wondered if it's gonna topple over.



6. Taken a Gondola ride in Venice.



5. Stared at the Mona Lisa and wondered what the fuss was all about.



4. Walked the Colloseum and felt like a gladiator.



3. Relived history at the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica.





2. Taken a boat ride through Norwegian Fjords.





1. Tried to sketch the Swiss Alps (and not from photographs).




Yet.


I am leaving for Sweden in a couple of days for a 4-month long student exchange program. Needless to say, I am very excited! Though my budget is limited, I hope to be able to do some of the most appealing things Europe has to offer, and the above list is a sample.

And as I set out with a sense of adventure and wanderlust to discover foreign lands, ancient cul…

Short Story: 'The First Kill'

They say the first kill is the hardest. That it becomes easier after that. They are absolutely right.

You grow up thinking killing is the worst sin, an almost unreal occurrence that belongs in the world of make-believe, in movies and stories; an act carried out by despicable villains. Then one day you're faced with a choice you had never thought you would have to make. Answer a question you never thought you would be asked.

Your existence or someone else's.

It is as simple as that. Survival of the fittest they call it. If to survive, you must be fit, and if to be fit, you need to be able to kill, then can your desire to exist be held against you?

My first target picked itself. I don’t call him a victim, for he would’ve done the same to me eventually, had I not put him down. Anyways, he was a long-time companion. We were bosom buddies, confidantes, comrades and the best of friends. We knew each other’s deepest secrets and our darkest fears. Or at least I thought we did. He cert…

R.I.P PPT

I made this short presentation using a new software called Prezi.

Loading may take a bit of time. But trust me, it'll be worth it! You can click on the slide to move forward at your own pace (autoplay is a little slow)


from prezi.com
You can also view it full screen here

I see you

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My first experiment with charcoal. Stumbled upon charcoal sticks at a bookstore recently, so picked them up, and here's the attempt.

Charcoal behaves quite unlike how I expected it to. It deposits a thin and very loosely held layer of charcoal on paper. You can almost smudge it by blowing hard. Since the sticks are pretty blunt, it's very hard to get fine details right. Hopefully I'll figure it out the best way to use them in the next few attempts.



The idea is that I'm imagining I can see everyone who reads this page though this eye. (Is that creepy?)