Monday, 7 May 2018

Origin by Dan Brown - Book Review

Even before picking up the fifth installment of the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown, I was sure of some parallels that must have been drawn with its predecessors. A secret society, a painter, literary genius, sculptor or some distinguished legendary person whose works would form the clues for Robert Langdon to solve the mystery in the novel. And I was not surprised, save the premise which was of course different.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Books made into Academy Award Winning Movies for Best Picture (1961 to 1990)

Here’s a list of Academy Award Winning Movies for Best Picture from the year 1961 to 1990 which were adapted from famous novels, books and non-fictions.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Powerful and Inspirational Quotes by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Teachers' Day is celebrated in India on the 5-Sept. This is a day marked to thank all the wonderful teachers in our lives. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan a renowned scholar from India who was India's first vice president and second president had once said "Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5 September is observed as Teachers' Day." During his lifetime, Dr. Radhakrishnan was showered with innumerable accolades including the Bharat Ratna, highest civilian award of India and a knighthood by England. Here I have listed down ten of the most powerful and inspirational quotes by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

"Books are the means by which we build bridges between cultures."
~ Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

"When we think we know we cease to learn".
~ Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

"A literary genius, it is said, resembles all, though no one resembles him."
~ Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

"Religion is behavior and not mere belief."
~ Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

"Love thy neighbor as thyself because you are your neighbor. It is illusion that makes you think that your neighbor is someone other than yourself."
~ Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

"A life of joy and happiness is possible only on the basis of knowledge and science."
~ Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

"We need not seek a cause or a motive or a purpose for that which is, in its nature, eternally self-existent and free."
~ Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

"It is not God that is worshipped but the authority that claims to speak in His name. Sin becomes disobedience to authority not violation to integrity."
~ Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

"Man is a paradoxical being-the constant glory and scandal of this world."
~ Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

"Before we can build a stable civilization worthy of humanity as a whole, it is necessary that each historical civilization should become conscious of its limitations and it's unworthiness to become the ideal civilization of the world."
~ Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

These were just 10 of the pearls of wisdom from Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. If you go through his quotes on books and reading it becomes increasingly evident that he was a great advocate of education.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Inspirational Quotes by Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie is one of those names who are considered to be the pioneers of the modern world. He is often recognised as the richest American ever. He started his career as a telegrapher and went on to build the Carnegie Steel Industries. His philanthropic activities are recognised still date through Carnegie library, Carnegie Mellon University and other such institutions set up by him. He also wrote a large number of periodicals and articles. “The Gospel of Wealth” written by him in 1889 is still cited as a revolutionary article that called upon industrialists to use their wealth for the betterment of the society. What better to motivate an individual than some of the best inspirational quotes by Andrew Carnegie?

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Funny Quotes on Statistics

This time I thought of consolidating a set of entirely different type of quotes. The thought of statistics came into my mind. It has become very common nowadays for people to site some random statistical figure in conversations and articles to put weight into their version of the argument without mentioning any source. This made me feel that ‘Statistics’ does deserve some attention and I thought of searching what great minds had to say about them. So, here is a list of funny quotes on statistics.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Biography of Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance - Book Review

Aptly subtitled “How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future”; Elon Musk’s biography by Ashlee Vance is perhaps the most balanced biography that I have read in a long time. The reason I chose the word “balanced” to describe this biography is because it not only puts forward to the reader Elon Musk’s point of view but also those of his co-workers, friends, family and competitors.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Humorous Quotes by Douglas Adams

Best known for his novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”; Douglas Adams was not just an author but also a scriptwriter, dramatist and satirist. He had authored some of the most interesting novels and the way he embelled satire and humour into his stories made them widely popular. Here is a list of some of the most humorous and funny quotes by Douglas Adams.