June 29, 2013

2 Books Worth Reading

Recently I purchased two books:
  1. Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person by Hugh Prather
  2. The Other Side of Me by Sidney Sheldon 
Both the books are worth reading. Will write a detailed review about both these books later.

Notes to Myself is a book that you'll read and read and re-read it. The book gives us an insight into the sweet, small moments of our lives that we tend to neglect.

In today's world, we overlook small things. We are worried about our future and tend to forget today's happy moments.

As the author says -

"I don't need a reason to be happy. I don't have to consult the future to know how happy I feel now."
The writing style of author is soothing and comes from heart.

Buy Notes to Myself from Flipkart.com 

The Other Side of Me starts with the story of how Sidney Sheldon, as a young guy wanted to end his life by consuming sleeping pills with whiskey and how his father finds it and advises him to reconsider his decision.

He says -
Life is like a novel, you don't have any idea what will happen next until you turn the page.
And then young Sidney decides to live and we got the world's best story teller. Read on to find out how his life turns out to be.

Buy The Other Side of Me Reprint Edition from Flipkart.com

You can buy them on Amazon by clicking the below links.

    June 26, 2013

    Competition in Life

    The first biological lesson of history in life is competition.
    The above quote is from the book "The Lessons of History" by Will and Ariel Durant.

    A man has to compete right from his birth. No matter how much we may wish that there should be equality
    - in wealth, in health or in any worldly things; but mother nature likes inequality.

    She yearns change, she wants everyone to be different, she makes us different and that's the rule of nature.

    And hence we have competition. Competition for wealth, love, things, etc.

    We should respect nature. We should respect the change. We should respect inequality. We should follow the nature's rules rather than fighting and dissipating our energies.

    If we keep faith in nature's way of working and let it work the way it wants, then and only then, we'll be happy.

    So we should stay cool and play life as a game which is full of surprises and up and downs.

    June 25, 2013

    A Small Get-Together

    Last week on Saturday, while I was on vacation, I and my engineering friends of had a small get-together. It was a long pending get-together.

    So after many discussions on WhatsApp and a few calls, a few of us decided to meet at Baroda. The participants were - Rahul & Soniya, Hemal, Sandhya and Myself. Apurva & Swati couldn't come due to some reasons. Kinjal also couldn't come.

    First, we went to Hemal's new house in Pashabhai Park and had snacks. After a while, we went to Inox just a few yards from Pashabhai Park and watched the new movie Raanjhanaa starring Dhanush and Sonam Kapoor.

    Didn't liked the movie much. However, the music of A.R. Rehman was good.

    After movie, we roamed in the Landmark store besides Inox and later decided to have dinner. Most of the restaurants were flooded and we had to wait outside. Finally we could manage to have South Indian at Sankalp.

    In all, we enjoyed the day and felt great. Missed a lot many classmates.

    I take this opportunity to thank Rahul for his car which helped us in going from one place to another.

    June 20, 2013

    Tips For Your First Job

    Atul Chitnis has aptly written a post for all those guys joining as freshers. He has written 20 tips for the freshers. Here's the link

    June 16, 2013

    On Advertisements

    While I understand that all things must come to an end, whether it's a television advertisement or one's life or the world itself, it doesn't make it any easier to deal with. ~ John Hodgman
    These days I hardly watch TV. And whenever I get a chance to watch, the ads seem to be so endless that sometimes I forget which program I was watching on the TV channel.

    However, there's a good news too. According to the link, TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has started making attempts to regulate the advertising time.

    So its good news for regular TV viewers. However, this is going to hurt the channels. And this will also increase the ad rates which will directly affect small players.

    June 15, 2013

    Use Old Dialer On Your Android Phone

    Remember the old school phones having the dialer where you need to rotate the number in the dial to call someone ? Now you can use the same on your Android Phone. Below are some of the apps available on Android.

    June 12, 2013

    Lessons From Chetan Bhagat

    I've always admired Chetan Bhagat as a writer. Have read all his books, my favorite being "Five Point Someone." Off late, other than writing novels, he's also popular as a speaker who talks about life, 'spark' and other topics in general. He's also seen more as a youth icon amongst the youngsters.

    Today he tweeted about some of the lessons he've learnt in life. Here's the tweet.

    June 9, 2013

    Being An Engineer From Veer Narmad South Gujarat University

    Being an engineer from a college affiliated to Veer Narmad South Gujarat University is itself a matter a pride. All VNSGU people would agree with me. ;-)

    Before the Gujarat Technological University was initiated, all the engineering, pharmacy and management colleges of the state were affiliated to the respective zone wise universities like the Gujarat University, Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University, Saurashtra University, Sardar Patel University, etc.

    Comparing VNSGU with GTU, I would like to mention a few stark differences that I've seen:

    We Always Used Reference Books :

    We, the students of VNSGU, never used to have books written by local authors/publishers that were merely copy-pasted summarized versions of the reference books.

    Even Gujarat University and Sardar Patel University had some books written by local publishers/authors.

    Studying from reference books, that too by foreign authors was too difficult for those students coming from Gujarati Medium.

    I still remember a book we used to read in 3rd Semester for the subject 'Basic Electronics'. The books was - "Electronic Circuits - Discrete and Integrated" by Donald L. Schilling and Charles Belove, published by McGraw Hill. [See Image]

    The book was a tome. And for many students, it took too many semesters to digest it. ;-)

    Results :

    Well do I need to write about the results we got, especially in our 1st and 2nd years of engineering ? Samajh ne wale samajh jayenge :-)

    Another thing about results was that, sometimes the reassessment results were declared even after we had given the ATKT exam.

    Also I still remember calling Gujarat Mitra (the newspaper that published our results) office at night and ask for results. Even though the university has a website, it was hardly ever used (except once or twice as far as I remember) to publish the results of engineering.

    Students of GTU are lucky that the results are published on the website.

    Syllabus :

    The syllabus was ditto similar to Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat.

    I still prefer that syllabus in place of the ongoing GTU's syllabus.

    The point here is not to say that GTU's syllabus is not well designed, but in my personal opinion and comparing the syllabus of VNSGU with that of GTU, given a choice, I would prefer VNSGU syllabus for students.

    Note : This post was in my mind 2-3 years ago but could not write it.
    The point here is not to criticize any university or institute, but to reminisce my days of engineering.

    And I still love Veer Narmad South Gujarat University.

    June 7, 2013

    SMS Backup + Now Supports WhatsApp

    The popular SMS Backup+ android application, can now backup your WhatsApp conversations too. So now you don't need to worry about your WhatsApp conversations as they'll be backed up directly to your Gmail account along with your SMS'es.

    June 1, 2013

    Fixing "The system is running in low-graphics mode" in Ubuntu

    So yesterday, I updated my Ubuntu 13.04 on my laptop. The update worked perfectly fine and asked me to restart the system. But on restarting, it showed me error saying "The system is running in low-graphics mode" [See Screenshot]