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The Bankster

I received the book The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian as a part of the book review program at I was very excited about the book and as soon as I received the book, I started reading it. But then after reading first few chapters, I stopped reading the book, due to a lot of work pressure. But I had to complete this book and write a review. So, I resumed the pause and read the rest.

I love to read books which excites you when you read it. Books with a lot of suspense makes it interesting. I think many people will not be interested to read a story, which is based on life at the banking sector or a story related to nuclear power plant. Though I was not related to banking domain now, I love the finance stuff. If would have not be a software engineer, I would have been a banker. So, I was sure, I will enjoy reading the book.

There are three sentences and two paragraphs as a teaser on the back cover of the book. After reading those, it increased my excitement. And when I read prologue, I enjoyed it lot. I was visualising what I was reading and getting excited as I am watching those in a movie. Then as the story progressed, I found a slowness in the story, which I was not expecting. There are a lot of chats in between characters to narrate the story. I think it’s good for many people, to read those. But I don’t understood why I did not find it much interesting to read those talks between the characters. But there are some, which made it interesting.

A suspense story should have a lot of questions in the beginning. And when you proceed through the story, it should answer few of your questions and create few more questions. But I find this missing while reading this book. After reading on chapter, you can take a long break before reading the next chapter. I did not have the excitement “what happens next” while reading the book. Instead I had different questions on my mind, when I was reading initial chapters. It was, “how these three different stories will meet together?”. While reading this book, sometimes, when I was coming across the names of the character, I was getting confused about the person. I feel there are a lot of characters in this story and it’s really difficult to remember their names without getting confused. Anyways, this is banking sector, and there are be a lot of people associated with even a simple transaction. And when the story tells about such a huge multinational bank, there will be so many people.

The best thing about the book is it’s written with a simple and easy to read language. Another good thing is that, the story is very contemporary. So many current events, for example, Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster etc. are taken into account while writing the story.

Anyways, this is a good book to read, though not the best. One of my friend looked at the book and thought, it’s a very interesting hollywood movie DVD. Don’t judge the book from its cover. Read the book and you will love it. After reading this book, now I am more interested to read other books written by the author.

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Why should we still celebrate Diwali?

In Odisha, there are two reasons why people celebrate Diwali, except the entertainment purpose. One is for the tradition and another is an environmental reason. As per the Diwali traditions, I had seen in my childhood, we used to burn jute sticks after doing a Puja for the ancestors of the family, cooking different types of traditional cakes and sweets, using these cakes and sweets in Puja along with pieces of sugarcane and other fruits and after doing the puja, everyone eating those together. I don’t remember whether we used to draw rangolies in our home during Diwali. But we used to draw jhotis (a simpler Odia version of rangolies) on a small circular region prepared with some special red coloured soil on the street in front of the house, where we burn those jute sticks. We also used to draw jhotis in one room, where we do puja with those food; we put those food items over it. We used to light earthen lamps with oil and cotton burner. Even we used light candles, though lighting candles were not in the tradition. I don’t know when these candles took the place of earthen lamps, but it must be more than 25 years. And we used to play with some fireworks.

Internet and the Web

Now hate online forums and love Stack Exchange

There was a time, when I was in my engineering degree college, I was in love with spending time on online forums, mostly on ThinkDigit Forum. I also met Debasish at the ThinkDigit Forum and later became good friends in the non-virtual world. But these days, I just hate, when I land on any online forum (Bulletin Board) while searching for something on Google. These bulletin boards are full of discussions, some might be good and some might be useless. You don’t have time to read all those to find the solution. And you hardly find any solution there.

And in the recent times, I find StackExchange very useful. Whenever I land there while searching anything on Google, I easily find the solution. And it’s also very easy to identify the solution. And when you read the discussions, which are separated from the solutions (answers), you get more knowledge.

Entrepreneur merged with and ditched convenience of its customers

I needed a digital invoice of a product I ordered from So, I opened the website and found that a notice which says that in order to further improve our (whoever) shopping experience, they have integrated their operations with the largest player in the category – This is good. But where can I access my order history?

They wrote it there:

For our existing customers, your order history and status remains secure with us. You can get all details about your existing orders by dialing : 0124 4901234 (from 8 AM to 9 PM )

How inconvenience is this? They should have merged the accounts with Flipkart. It feels like they are going to stop their business, because Flipkart wanted them to stop competing and paid some money to get the return of their investment. It does not feel like they are still doing the business after merging with Flipkart.

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Ta-da List Retired, what are you using?

When I came to know about Ta-da List (I don’t remember how), I got very much impressed with the simplicity of the app. I able to do what I needed. So, I started using it. It became one of my favorite to-do list application. And I am using it not just as a to-do list app.

Now they retired it. But I can still access the lists I have already created and even I can create new list. It just stopped getting new sign ups. According to them, there are dozens and dozens of great free to-do list apps on the web and dozens more on the iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. So, what are you using as your to-do list app?