Return of the Jedi

Greetings

Twelve years. Five weeks. Fourteen exams. And now it’s finally over. It’s quite surreal, really, this feeling of completing an entire era in one’s life. But alas, time moves on, and I have been yearning to write on the blog once again. So firstly, it’s great to be back!

I didn’t realize how great the reaction to my previous post on Steve Jobs would be. Thank you for all the wonderful comments on that post, and on the subsequent re-publishing of the post in other media. It’s been a real honour for a fledgling writer such as myself.

This holiday, I’ve decided to immerse myself in a plethora of good books. Books that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time now, but haven’t managed to due to my commitments to studies.

My December/January Reading List

  1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  2. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
  3. House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
  4. Plugged by Eoin Colfer
  5. The Adventures of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  6. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Of the books listed above, I’m currently completing Steve Jobs. It’s the authorized biography of the visionary genius, and so far, I’m thoroughly enjoying it. It paints a very deep picture of the Apple co-founder, and it’s brutally honest – Jobs didn’t even want to look at the book before it was published. He desired a true account of his life. I highly recommend it for holiday reading; it’s a whirlwind ride of not just Jobs’s life, but the birth of the most revolutionary industry in modern times.

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini is another book I’ve been dying to read. It’s the final volume in the Inheritance Cycle, and I’ve had a hard time trying to avert my eyes from the fan sites in the wake of the book’s release, as fragments of information trickle down about the book’s events. So I can’t wait to begin it – I just took delivery of my copy last week. I’ll post my thoughts on the novel as soon as I complete it.

As for the rest of the books on the list, I am quite excited to read Dickens. My good friend Saché got my this amazing hardcover tome containing four of the great scrivener’s work – Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. I’ll read-through the book in the order of the novels published in the book, thus beginning with Oliver Twist and then A Christmas Carol. I look forward to delve into Dickens’s work, as I haven’t previously read one of his tales in its entirety (I did perform a small segment for Drama waaaay back last year).

Writing

As well as reading, I’ll be losing myself in writing over the next two months. I’ve been planning my longer work, and am getting ready to put it into action in Scrivener (the Mac app that is). I hope things work out with the project this time.

I’ll also be blogging more frequently, and will soon return to writing about technology (both here, and possibly at Blogote). Look out for that soon.

As always, you can follow me on Twitter (@RahulDowlath), and subscribe to my RSS feed to get the latest posts.

Live Long and Prosper.

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