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     99.9 % of Indians watch cricket, the rest play basketball. ... Anonymous

bulletBasket Ball - I have played a lot of basketball both at the Army Public School  and at IIT Guwahati.  I intend to restart swimming  shortly. Other than that I like to play volleyball, and football sometimes. I am also planning to start playing pool shortly.
bulletReading - I have read quite a lot of Ruskin Bond who remains one of my favourite authors. Ruskin Bond lives in Mussorie and his stories mostly talks about the places in and around the Dehradun. He writes fondly about nature and the mountain people with whom I am able to relate really well as I have spend some of the most carefree days of my life in Dehradun. 

Presently I like to read Indian Contemporary Stuff. Some of the books I have read are reviewed below.
bulletFasting and Feasting, by Anita Desai  not very interesting stuff although it was short listed for the booker, I wouldn't really recommend this book to anyone. I had to slog to finish this one even though it ain't quite thick.
bulletThe Calcutta Chromosome, by Vikram Seth was really interesting Science Fiction .. some of the very few works on science fiction in Indian Contemporary Literature in English. Must read.
bulletInterpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri  consisted of short stories on 'Bengal, Boston and Beyond'. I could really identify with some of the people in the stories. The stories are mostly about Indians in the U.S., some are full of pathos, some are light love stories .. all in all an interesting read.
bulletThe Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth This one is really very fat book ,, about 1500 pages or so. I was able to go through only about 500 pages, but found it quite interesting. It talks about a family during the time of India's Independence and gives a very good outlook on the Indian Society at that point of time. Very well written and very readable.
bulletThe Midnights Children, by  Salman Rushdie. This talks about the Indian Dream in a completely metaphorical way. Very difficult to understand unless you have someone to guide you. I luckily went through this book in a course on English Literature at IIT Guwahati under the wonderful guidance of Mrs. Rohini Mokashi Punekar. The book talks about what a great dream and hope India was at the time of Independence and how that dream died when Indira Gandhi imposed emergency in 1962. The book concludes on a very pessimistic note. Mrs Mokashi would suggest that this book should be read by every Indian and on one thing I really agree with her.
bulletThe Shadow Lines , by Vikram Seth. interesting read,  talks about nations, borders and how they change/affect people.


bulletMovies - I am a movie buff and have really watched a lot of Hollywood stuff. The following are some of the great movies I have seen.
bulletThe Matrix .. this is the simply the best film ever, it is the coolest, the baap of science fiction.. anything and everything that has been made in science fiction pales in comparison to the piece of art that is the Matrix. There is not much I can say about the Matrix that will do justice to this masterpiece, infact.. unfortunately no one can be told what the Matrix is, you have to see it for yourself.  Full marks to the Wachoski brothers...great going dudes.
bulletApocalypse Now. This is a movie is based in the backdrop of the Vietnam conflict and talks about the futility of war. The best part are the dialogues of Captain Kurtz some of which I reproduce below                                                                                                                                         In a war there are many moments for compassion and tender action. There are many moments for ruthless action, for what is often called ruthless, what may in  many and many circumstances be only clarity; seeing clearly what there is to be done and doing it directly,  quickly, aware...                                                      I've seen horrors...horrors that you've seen. But you have no right to call me a murderer. You have a right to kill me. You have a right to do that...But you have no right to judge me. It's impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means. Horror. Horror has a face...And you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not then they are enemies to be feared. They are truly enemies. I remember when I was with Special Forces...Seems a thousand centuries ago...We went into a camp to innoculate the children. We left the camp after we had innoculated the children for Polio, and this old man came running after us and he was crying. He couldn't see. We went back there and they had come and hacked off every innoculated arm. There they were in a pile...A pile of little arms. And I remember...I...I...I cried... I wept like some grandmother. I  wanted to tear my teeth out. I didn't know what I wanted to do. And I want to remember it. I never want to forget it. I never want to forget. And then I I was  shot...Like I was shot with a diamond...a diamond bullet right  through my forehead...And I thought: My God...the genius of that. The  genius. The will to do that. Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure.  And then I realized they were stronger than we. Because they could stand that these were not monsters...These were men...trained cadres...these men who fought with their hearts, who had families, who  had children, who were filled with love...but they had the strength...the do that. If I had ten divisions of those men our troubles  here would be over very quickly. You have to have men who are moral...and  at the same time who are able to utilize their primordal instincts to kill without feeling...without  passion...without judgement...without judgement. Because it's judgement that defeats us. "





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