Chennai Book Fair

I was in Chennai last week. I visited the city after about two years. This was where I grew up and completed my studies before moving to Bangalore for work. It was kind of nostalgic to see many places where I used to hang around. My daughter was born in Chennai but she was in Bangalore and Pune for the most part. I wanted her to experience the little things that I used to enjoy in Chennai which I don’t get here in Pune like Panneer Soda (Rosewater Soda), Bovonto (grape drink) and many more.

It was a coincidence that 43rd Annual Bookfair was being held while I was there. Being a book lover that my daughter is, she pestered me to take her to the fair. I last attended a book fair when I was in school and I vaguely remembered anything other than the fact that my dad bought few books on mathematics hoping that I would score a centum. He was an eternal optimist. Never gave up on me.  Since I am also a book lover (in the sense of buying books not reading) I thought I should check this out.

We went there assuming that two hours would be enough but we were so wrong.  The walk to reach the place itself was about a km. The path was filled with small toy shops on both sides. Then once you cross that you have the eateries. All kind of foods including giant papads (or fondly called as exhibition appalam) were available. Then we entered the actual area where books were being sold.

The entry fee was a nominal INR 20 (USD 0.28) and that too only for adults. It was free for kids.

So many books, so little time – Frank Zappa

That was the first thought that we had the moment we entered. We were greeted with an aisle of bookstalls by various publishing houses and book stores. The total number of stalls were over 500. Yes, 500+ bookstalls including those from Penguin, Higgin Bothams etc..  Let me put that in perspective for you. Check out the below image.

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This was one aisle. There were 8 such aisles. Many of them were Tamil language books. Tamil is an ancient language with rich literature. We found books that were written thousands of years ago as well as contemporary books. My daughter was visibly excited and was running from one stall to another picking up her favourite books.

Two hours were not enough to even browse the stalls. The place was crowded too. It just reiterated how much people in Chennai love books and how many books are being published and consumed. It felt like a carnival. I have attended fairs in Pune (not exactly book fairs) but they were nothing compared to this. We picked up a few books and had to rush back home. If you are a book lover, you could easily spend the whole day here.

I would definitely attend book fairs in the future if I get a chance. It makes both the readers and the buyers (both are not always the same) happy.

Cheers!

 

 

Me, Astrology and Data science

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I am on vacation this week and couldn’t sit down and spend some time to write new content. I thought I will take this opportunity to re-share a post that I had written two years ago.

This is account of what I felt is common between astrology and data science. Let me know what you think.

Pointless & Prosaic

You may have predicted by now where am I going with this post. Hold your horses. May be you are right, may be you are not! After all prediction is only a only a hopeful choice until it becomes a fact. Just like a theory is a hypothesis until proved.

The whole IT world is like one big fashion show. Every few years there will be a new technological trend and everybody would try to hop on just to stay relevant.  Companies adapt to the technologies to show they are trendy even though it is of no use to them, developers start reskilling themselves getting ready for the next wave and the non-IT companies will be trying to pick their vendors based on who is following the current trend. Few years back it was cloud, mobile etc.,. And currently the trend is data sciene, predictive analytics, machine learning, Artificial Intelligence…

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Is YouTube Premium worth subscribing?

“Are you suffering from thinning hair? We can help you!”

A middle-aged man with a baritone voice whispered in my Airpods with real concern. I startled and I almost dropped the glass bowl I was holding. I had put on some minimalism video on YouTube and was doing my dishes when this man spoke. It took me a few seconds to realize what was happening.

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Veg, Non-veg etcetra

He was from an orthodox brahmin family from South India. [A politically incorrect statement at many levels to start a post with]. He was not too orthodox or religious himself but he did believe in half of the stuff that was preached by his family and elders. According to the house rules, there were many things that could attract the maximum punishment in the after-life. The most common yet important violation is eating non-vegetarian food. One may think this is a trivial issue. It is not. Nobody understood his everyday battles.

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How to view the list of the books read using Kindle Unlimited

Yesterday, when I had lost myself in the emptiness of the universe,  not knowing who I was or where I was, and completely losing the sense of “my-self”, I was woken up by the alarm piercing through my eardrum. Tuned to the routine, my hand involuntarily moved to turn it off and my mind had already started preparing for the next 10 mins of a blissful power nap. Then, I noticed the red battery indicator on my phone. I had to get up and charge the phone or I risked not getting up on time, forcing my daughter to skip school.  I desperately tried to find a plug point in the surge protector. All the pins were already taken by my other gadgets. I started wondering about the number of gadgets that I own. The mind is a monkey and it jumps from one thought to another. In no time, I found myself questioning if the Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription that I had signed up for, is valuable or not. My gut feeling was that it is valuable as both myself and my daughter use Amazon Kindle to read books.

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Blast from the past

I have an interest in minimalism. I say I have an interest instead of I am a minimalist is pretty obvious. I want to follow minimalism and intentionality in everything I own and do but let’s be honest, this is pretty difficult. Marie Kondo asks you to hold the object in your hand and ask yourselves a question “Does this spark joy?”. I almost always get a yes for this question.

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Google Family Link and How to reactivate your child’s Gmail Account

There was a time when the wedding date used to be fixed based on the date dictated by an almanac, when the stars of the bride and the groom were aligned well. Then a few decades earlier, the trend changed. One had two or three different options for the wedding date. The final deciding factor was not the alignment of stars alone. The deciding factor was the availability of the wedding hall. Out of the three options, the date when the wedding hall was free became your wedding day.

I used to think nothing can beat the demand of the wedding hall. Not even oil. But I couldn’t be more wrong. Continue reading “Google Family Link and How to reactivate your child’s Gmail Account”