July 14 2021

Didn’t work much today. Did some stuff that was pending at home though. Had tea at an administrative office. Got extremely drenched after probably more than a year.

Oh and also started watching “The Indian Detective” starring Russel Peters late today. I’m on episode 2. It’s a cringe-y, cliched-jokes-filled piece of mindless production so far. But then again…it did make me get to episode 2 at least. The “detective”-ness is still very much in the making but Russel Peters is alright. Anupam Kher is bearable and somehow they picked all the worst Hindi speakers to speak Hindi while shooting in Bombay. Good stuff guys…

God…Is this what hate-watching is?

July 12 2021

Started learning about the Supply Chain domain today. It’s pretty interesting. I’ve worked on Time series data in the past, but to see this play out in a logistics domain is extremely fun. The thing that stuck with me the most was the realization of how complex something as trivial-seeming as an order fulfilment at McDonald’s can be – right from procurement of raw materials, all the way down to me getting my fries 5 minutes after I’ve ordered it. The course is called “Time Series Forecasting Using R” and I’m looking forward to learning more.

I also heard the soon-to-be-ex-COO of Swiggy speak about trends in the food-tech space, a podcast from 2018 but somehow seems relevant even today.

The Brandon Sanderson Checklist

Brandon Sanderson has been an absolute favorite of mine from when I first heard of him in 2018. This checklist tracks his books excluding his Graphic Novels and YA novels. I will add them to the list at some point.
How many have you read? Which ones are your favorites?

Summary :

– Currently reading , ✅ – Completed reading
Cosmere Books read : 7/11
Novellas read : 2/10
Legion Series Books read : 1/3

Cosmere novels

The Final Empire ✅
The Well of Ascension ✅
The Hero of Ages ✅

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings ✅
Words of Radiance ✅
Oathbringer ★
Rhythm of War

Mistborn – Era 2
The Alloy of Law ✅
Shadows of Self ✅
The Bands of Mourning

Warbreaker ✅
The Hope of Elantris
The Emperor’s Soul ✅
The Eleventh Metal
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell
Sixth of the Dusk
Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania
Secret History
Arcanum Unbounded (Collection containing many of the above)

Legion series
Legion ✅
Legion: Skin Deep
Legion: Lies of the Beholder

The Agatha Christie Checklist

Tracking the Agatha Christie books I’ve completed because it looks like I’m invested now. How many have you read? Which ones are your favorites?

Summary :
★ – Currently reading, – Completed reading
Hercule Poirot Books read : 4/47
Miss Marple Books read : 0/12
Tommy and Tuppence Books read : 0/5

Hercule Poirot collection

Short story collections listed as “ss”

  1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
  2. The Murder on the Links (1923)
  3. Poirot Investigates (1924, ss) ★
  4. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) ✅
  5. The Big Four (1927)
  6. The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928)
  7. Black Coffee (1930 play – novel published in 1998) ✅
  8. Peril at End House (1932)
  9. Lord Edgware Dies (1933)
  10. Murder on the Orient Express (1934) ✅
  11. Three Act Tragedy (1935)
  12. Death in the Clouds (1935)
  13. The A.B.C. Murders (1936)
  14. Murder in Mesopotamia (1936)
  15. Cards on the Table (1936)
  16. Murder in the Mews (1937, ss)
  17. Dumb Witness (1937) ✅
  18. Death on the Nile (1937)
  19. Appointment with Death (1938)
  20. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1938)
  21. The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories (1939, ss)
  22. Sad Cypress (1940)
  23. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (1940) ✅
  24. Evil Under the Sun (1941)
  25. Five Little Pigs (1942)
  26. The Hollow (1946)
  27. The Labours of Hercules (1947, ss)
  28. The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories (1948, ss)
  29. Taken at the Flood (1948)
  30. Three Blind Mice and Other Stories (1950, ss)
  31. The Under Dog and Other Stories (1951, ss)
  32. Mrs McGinty’s Dead (1952)
  33. After the Funeral (1953)
  34. Hickory Dickory Dock (1955)
  35. Dead Man’s Folly (1956)
  36. Cat Among the Pigeons (1959)
  37. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960, ss)
  38. Double Sin and Other Stories (1961, ss)
  39. The Clocks (1963)
  40. Third Girl (1966)
  41. Hallowe’en Party (1969)
  42. Elephants Can Remember (1972)
  43. Poirot’s Early Cases (1974, ss)
  44. Curtain (written about 1940, published 1975)
  45. Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories (1991, ss)
  46. The Harlequin Tea Set (1997, ss)
  47. While the Light Lasts and Other Stories (1997, ss)

Miss Marple Collection

  1. The Murder at the Vicarage (1930, Novel)
  2. The Body in the Library (1942, Novel)
  3. The Moving Finger (1943, Novel)
  4. A Murder Is Announced (1950, Novel)
  5. They Do It with Mirrors (1952, Novel)
  6. A Pocket Full of Rye (1953, Novel)
  7. 4.50 from Paddington (1957, Novel)
  8. The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side (1962, Novel)
  9. A Caribbean Mystery (1964, Novel)
  10. At Bertram’s Hotel (1965, Novel)
  11. Nemesis (1971, Novel)
  12. Sleeping Murder (1976, Novel)

Tommy and Tuppence Collection

  1. The Secret Adversary (1922, novel)
  2. Partners in Crime (1929, short story collection)
  3. N or M? (1941, novel)
  4. By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1968, novel)
  5. Postern of Fate (1973, novel)

July 5 2021

Today, I’m experimenting with a new way of logging.

An incremental account as opposed to a summarized one at the end of the day.

Morning log – The plants did not require watering today as it rained heavily last night for quite a while. Breakfast procured, tea prepared and work has begun at an honest, early hour. A good, hopefully productive 2 hours to go before I am interrupted by other humans….unless I indulge in distracting myself before that. I also began reading my 5th Agatha Christie novel today – Poirot Investigates – Short stories involving the duo – Hastings’ and Poirot’s cases. The similarities between them and Watson and Sherlock of the Conan Doyle persuasion isn’t lost on me. But of course, this subject of comparisons has been of interest for decades to bloggers and literature students across the world. One read I found particularly interesting as I looked up the internet to support my immediately preceding comment was this – https://dirkdeklein.net/2018/04/13/when-arthur-conan-doyle-looked-for-agatha-christie/ .I must read up more on ACD’s “occultist” practices. But perhaps, that’s an activity for a later time. Off to work now.

July 4 2021

The day began with the watering of them terrace plants and flowers. I know I intended to find out the names today and have failed as expected. But now I know there’s a Hibiscus plant there, some curry leaves and one lemon plant. It’s definitely a lack of attention to detail as far flora is concerned. I’m able to appreciate the beauty en masse . It’s the individualities that is still posing some trouble. I will persevere.

The rest of the day was spent in this and that. I did however begin re-learning some Django today and I’m remembering how much fun it was the first time I was obsessed with it in 2019. Looking forward to working on what I have in mind.

Fun bit of Trivia I learnt today : The music that appears in a comedy scene in 2009 Tamil Movie “Siva Manasula Shakti” was a direct rip-off of Ashley Tisdale’s 2006 song intro – “So much for you”. Had quite the laugh when I realized.

I also made some more headway at what I’m supposed to be finishing for work. I should be done with a few more hours of work.

I Will wrap it up by tomorrow and move on to the next feature by Tuesday.

Dumb Witness

Author: Agatha Christie

It was okay, you know? I’ve read 3 Agatha Christies so far and this was my 4th. I’ve gotten used to the way Poirot starts getting involved in a case by now and I’ve begun to welcome it. Unfortunately, I’ve also begun to welcome a plot in which I cannot pinpoint the ending with much confidence. I have become comfortable in the role of Captain Hastings accompanying Poirot as he muses, reasons and solves a crime. So when I found myself at the 60% mark hitting upon a revelation that I found to be the very way things unfolded, I was disappointed. Yet, I did complete it and it was a good tale overall. Nevertheless, it is the charm of the crime genre and more so of an author/authoress who has multiple such books to their name that you can safely continue to look forward with confidence to finding yourself enthralled in a lovely mystery once again.
And so do I. 

Subjective Rating: 3.5/5

July 3 2021

The first weekend since I began this daily journal of sorts.

What I forgot to mention in yesterday’s log was that the night before, late-ish, I’d lugged the wooden study table I’d been using downstairs. I hoped to do it noiselessly. I was unsuccessful but to their credit, my neighbors, if they’d heard a table being dragged against granite and tiles every ten seconds, ignored it all. But I digress. The table that now occupied its old location in my bedroom upstairs was employed today to its fullest as I arranged on it meticulously all the items that had previously been located on the floor but had to be reaccommodated to allow for said table.

I did not go for a walk today. But I did finish the book I’d started two days ago – “Dumb Witness” by Agatha Christie. I wonder what I’ll start next. Maybe a non-fiction.

It was Day 2 of watering the plants. I think I’m starting to enjoy it. Maybe tomorrow I’ll start identifying them as well. Heh, look at me, getting ahead of myself.

All in all, another decent day.

July 2 2021

I tried to work today but I didn’t really succeed in the attempt. I did a little but not as much as I would have liked. I think the amount of work over the preceding two days had taken quite the toll on “the old noggin”, as Wodehouse would put it. Anyway, before long I found myself at the latter half of the 16th hour of the day and went on my daily walk, today in the little park in RBI Layout. Also scheduled at that hour was a “bookish” discussion between two people organized by some-other-people that I’d signed up for. The rest of us who were not these 2 gents were to be spectators with some minimal butting in allowed. I joined a few minutes late and for a little while felt quite like an alien from a different planet being dropped in the middle of a war with no equipment and no intimation of who the two sides fighting are and for what purpose. I gathered over the course of one circuit of the park that one of them was talking about a book that changed his life and the book had something to say about the power of the mind to fix the ailing body or some sort and the other guy had a sort of vicious vehement way about him, straightaway pooh-pooh-ing the whole notion. Now I must mention that both these chaps were very familiar with each other and their shared history was the reason they were chosen as the people to discuss today. It turned out to be a decent enough discussion to listen to on a 45 minute evening walk, but it did end up with me left in serious doubt if I would much enjoy interacting with either of them if I had to at some point.

Not much of substance happened otherwise.

All in all, another decent day.

July 1 2021

I continued listening to Cabin Pressure today and completed it. Not much of an accomplishment since there were only 12 episodes of 28 minutes each. It’s a testament to how good of a show it was that I was listening to Episode 6, Season 2 and I remember feeling bummed out a little when I realised it was the last episode on the playlist, with the third season not yet in sight.

It was also Day 2 of the 2-day-Office-training and it was even better than Day 1. The breakout room that I was a part of during the hands-on session was extremely lively and made for a good teaching and hopefully learning experience overall.

The highlight of the day (and not everyday is required to have one. Nothing I love more than normalcy) was that I finally went to Lalbagh for my evening walk after months. Well…it’s only been 2 months since I last visited it under very pleasant circumstances, but it Has been TWO months.

It was an extremely enjoyable walk and for a while, I quite forgot the passage of time and that I had a training session to get to.

But then I remembered and rushed to the exit. But not before I chanced by this cool looking fellow –

I also started reading Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie.

All in all, another decent day.