Steve Jobs : The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson ; a review

When I heard of the movie Jobs staring Ashton Kutcher, I knew that I had to read the biography  before watching the movie. Though I confess I don’t watch Ashton Kutcher’s movies, find him to be a bad actor. Since this was about Jobs, I thought I will watch it(not done it yet).

I ordered a copy of  Steve Jobs : The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson , thank god for online purchase I even got a discount.  It is a thick book, 656 pages, now I don’t read biographies much, so here I was thinking, how long will it take for me to complete the book. I read it in 2 days. It is a well researched book, a very interesting read, I liked the style of writing and Isaacson has written about the good , the bad and  the weird Jobs.

I am an  Apple fangirl ( I am using a MacBook Pro to write this), so I wanted to know, the brains behind such amazing products, and I was not disappointed. I was specially fascinated with the story of iPod, a computer manufacturing company revolutionising  how we heard music. Steve Jobs saw an opportunity where others didn’t.  It changed the way the music industry did business.

We have a lot to thank Steve Jobs for, not just with computers, but the way we watch animation movies, they way we use our phone, read books and hear music. I remember when iPad was launched , there were so many negative reviews , right from its name to the fact that the tablet market was non existence. Now we see almost every manufacturer making tablets.

Some of my friends  who have never used an Apple product hate it and can’t stop criticising Apple as a company and Steve Jobs as a person, that is the kind of strong feeling he generated, even among people who did not know him and had never used any of his product.

Steve Jobs was a complicated man, a visionary, a pioneer, he could be a real b******, but he did give us some of the most amazing products in history.

Read this book if you are looking for a balanced  view on Steve Jobs life.

 

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Sri Lanka : A land like no other

Having recently enjoyed a week long vacation in Sri Lanka , I can’t help  but wax lyrical about the country, when my friend e-mailed me asking if I wanted to join her for a trip to Sri Lanka I grabbed the opportunity.

The first day was  spent sightseeing around Colombo , with lunch at Beach Wadia Restaurant, the food there is yummy and you can see the pictures of all the celebrities who have visited the place. We were told that its very difficult to get reservation for dinner , so we opted  to have lunch  instead .

the crab was awesome

Anyone wanting to  feel the  flavour of rural Sri Lanka should visit Nuga Gama, a restaurant at the Cinnamon, they have created  a village like atmosphere with the tables placed under a huge  banyan tree, the food is totally authentic Sri Lankan which is spicy and absolutely delicious.

Next day on the way to  Galle , we stopped at the estate of Jeoffrey Bawa, the famous Sri Lankan architect. The place is called Lunugunga, and is away from the main highway, we were told that Mr. Bawa  bought the place and transformed it to what it is today  because  he was inspired by a single window. Whatever the reason, he transformed it to a stunning place.

Lunuganga

The Galle fort area , lived up to my expectation a quaint place where I could just take a walk or ride a bike, its amazing how it withstood the Tsunami, its got such an old world charm that you are bound to love it. The beaches in Sri Lanka are awesome,  since I don’t know how to swim I was not too keen on taking a dip in the Indian ocean, i.e, before  I fell and got drenched ,  the waves are massive, I was told that there are other beaches which are considered surfer’s paradise.

unawatuna

After Galle we moved inland, towards Kandy,  with a quick stop at Pinnawalla  Elephant Orphanage, it was really heartbreaking to see a giant tusker who was shot at both his eyes, and a lame elephant who had one of his limbs blown off during the civil war.

Kandy is a beautiful place, its amazing how fast the landscape changes in Sri Lanka, within 4 hours we moved from the costal area to the hill country. One thing I found fascinating about SriLanka is how serious they are about keeping their Buddhist heritage alive.  The Tooth Relic Temple is amazing,  visitors should make sure that they are not wearing sleeveless top or short skirt , you will not be allowed to enter the temple premises. We also watched the Kandyan Dance , it was a hour long program, well worth the money we spent for the ticket.

A view of Kandy

We hired a cab at Kandy and moved inland towards Sigiriya and Anuradhapura , early next morning. One the way we visited the cave temples at Dambulla, the cave temple is still functional and is one of the most well preserved caves in Sri Lanka , by the time we reached Sigirya the sun was not at its peak , a  perfect time to start the climb , after 1600 steps we reached the top and it was well worth all the effort, the view was awesome I also got to watch the most amazing sunset. Sigiriya is renowned  for its fresco painting, and the 700 wives of King Kashyapa , as most guides will gleefully point out.

Sigiriya (Lion's Rock)

We stayed the night at Sigiriya and moved towards Anuradhapura early in the morning , I would have loved to spend more time at the ancient city but we were running late, visited the Maha Bodhi Tree,  a branch of the tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment , it was bought to Sri Lanka by the daughter of Emperor Ashoka. Also visited some of the  ruins of the ancient city.

The Maha Bodhi Tree

We had to hurry back to Kandy as we had a train to catch . The driver did everything to get us to the station on time and we just managed to board the train before it took off,  it was one of the most interesting train ride of my life, the bumpiest too, we could see the changing topography through the large observation windows.

A bumpy ride from Kandy to Colombo

The last day was spent pretty much as the first one; shopping and sightseeing.  The  lunch at Colombo Cricket Club  Cafe was good, they also have a large collection of cricket memorabilia.  The Gallery Cafe just near the Cricket Club Cafe is a great place to shop for souvenirs. They have an impressive collection of  reasonably priced  items, and the ambience of the cafe is great. Since Sri Lanka is famous for gems , I also bought a few of those.

The evening was spent at the Breeze Bar at Cinnamon Hotel, celebrating my friend’s  birthday, and within no time I had to head towards the airport to catch a flight back home.

The entire trip was great, I found the Sri Lanka’s to be extremely friendly and helpful, we were fortunate enough to come across only nice and decent people. Like every place in this world maybe it has a dark side too but I was lucky to experience only the positive side of it. I’m looking forward to going back and exploring the rest of the country.

Jai Ho!!!!

Phew!!! now that the CWG are finally over, everyone in India can heave a sigh of relief, no falling roof, no stray dogs, no cobras  no terror attacks etc etc.  The games passed on peacefully, though my younger sister was lamenting she could not go shopping as all the markets were closed a day before the closing ceremony.

As I am a total internet news addict,  I visit multiple site and blogs, the negativity  reported before the games was so depressing, some bordering on racism, it looked like no one wanted to say anything positive about India, and sadly the sports writers suddenly changed their profile and started reporting about  social issue, they were supposed o report about the games not how poor India is. It looked like they just wanted to slag us.

In-spite of everything we did host a successful games, I was wishing I could go to Delhi just to watch some of the events live, but I did keep track of every thing through the wonderful live text provided by bbc and other site.

Every game was quiet  interesting and competitive, even diving though  its very difficult for a layman like me to figure out what a good dive is . But   there was one event that no one could successfully explain to me, What the hell is Lawn Bowls? I had never seen it , never heard of it and did not understand it ,  is there any other sport as boring as lawn bowls, and are people expected to go and watch it?

The opening ceremony was spectacular, it was beyond my expectation and was very well executed, and so was the closing ceremony. I loved the fact that Mr. Suresh Kalmadi was booed, if I was there  I would have done the same.

And hats off to the Indian athletes, they sure did make us proud, it was great seeing the tricolour fluttering.  I thought the women athletes did really well,   I hope this sends out a positive message, we girls are no less,  so cherish your girl child and give her the opportunity, she will make you proud one day.

The most emotional moment for me was when Saina Nehwal won her gold, her never-give-up attitude is worth emulating,  to come back from brink of defeat and win is phenomenal, it shows positive attitude and mental strength. Her win put us in second place which is a great. The women relay was awesome, sitting glued to our TV we were urging the girls on, and they didn’t disappoint us.

Now that the games are over, I would like some answers from Mr. Kalmadi and co. There should be proper probe into all allegations, the taxpayers deserve some answers and the guilty should be punished.

Jai Ho, Jai Hind 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

I got a new phone

To get out of the monotony, that my life has become I decided to treat myself with something nice and exciting, so I went ahead and bought a new phone . I was contemplating buying an iPod  but my new Nokia 5800 works very well as a phone as well as a music player, and the free Sennheiser headphones is amazing, a  3.2 megapixel  camera and a nice look with touch screen makes it a great buy and also pocket friendly 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Friends, Food & Music a cracking combination

Soulmate
Soulmate

Soulmate the most popular Blues band is India were here in our town.  I am not really a blues fan, but nevertheless enjoyed the show.  They were awesome, so was the new place Cafe Live and Loud, the hip  and happening hangout destination in Gangtok. With good interiors, pulsh sofas and very good sound system, is its the perfect place to relax after a hectic week of work.  The ambience is superb, if only the selection of drinks and nibbles were as good.

It was a perfect setting for a night out with few of my girl pals from school days.  Enjoyed the suberb music by the band from Shillong and the not so superb drink and food. The weekend is over and back to the grind tomorrow but I sure did enjoy this one.

Girls night out
Girls night out

P.S. I Loved It.

Its past midnight, and its back to work tomorrow morning,  but I just had to write this post.  I just finished watching this amazing movie, it has been long since I felt such multitude of emotions. Laughing a minute, crying the next , happy, sad … wow such an amazing story. Wish I had read the book first, I know I would have cried harder, I turn all weepy when it comes to emotional books.  Can’t wait to grab a copy for myself.

Hilary Swank was amazing, as she always is. But Gerard Butler is out of this world, he is so amazing, so sexy, I just fell in love with him.  I am going to watch this movie ‘n’ no of times , even if its only to listen to that wickedly amazing accent of his.  Why, oh why can’t there be guys like him in real life?

Rock On !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since Friday evening I’ve been doing nothing but talking about this movie to everyone  I come across.  It was just fantastic. I have almost memorised the songs , and I did download it for free ha ha, OK so I’m not supposed to. But I so desperately wanted to listen to the songs after watching the movie, and downloading it was the only option available. To make things right I’ll buy a CD for the car.

I’m a tad jealous of Farhan Akthar, is there nothing that the guy cant do. A great director,  producer, now actor ,a singer- should say a very good one . And looks good too.  Ok so God has been real meharban on him.

I have always been a fan of Arjun Rampal , OK not so much for his acting, but he is a hunk.  My friends would go crazy when I would drag them along to watch his movies.  But then who cared I was more interested in watching him, no matter how boring the movie. And now in Rock On he really rocks . Wow , I’ve never seen him look so good, and he can ACT  ha ha. Not to forget the other cast members who are all superb.

If someone happens to stumble across this blog, which is quiet unlikely , please go and watch the movie. Its great , its amazing. 

On a different note , I never considered myself to be addicted to the Internet, because it was always there, and I never used it for more than an hour. But with the reliance employees going on strike , I was left with no Internet connection.  I didn’t know what to do between 7.30 to 9 pm. I missed my daily dose of football gossip and celeb gossip.  Think I started developing a withdrawal symptom. Thank God It got restored, before I went completely crazy. Next time I’ll think twice before claiming I’m not addicted to anything.