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The book was a sudden find for me when I was browsing through the isles of fictions by Indian authors in a Landmark store in Ahmedabad sometimes back. The strange title of “The Rozabal Line” and the few lines on the back cover of the book attracted me – and even though I wasn’t really having any plans to purchase anything that day, I did purchase the book.

I didn’t have to regret the decision!

As I was flipping through the pages my brain was getting the dosage of a heady concoction of ingredients from western history, eastern history, hindu mythology, modern sociopolitical titbits and author’s fantastic imagination prowess. Even though Ashwin took the painstaking task of adding footnote references to all parts that were historical or based on sources deemed to be real, the smooth mixing of facts with fictional elements was no nicely done that my mind wanted everything he had written to be true – that is the “anthropological fiction” part of it (of course, not the modern day events his novel had in it).

As the last page was turned over, I wanted more. More of Ashwin Sanghi. And sitting in my desk, the only true reliable source for sourcing the same was Flipkart.com.

Hence came “The Krishna Key” in my hands couple of days later, thanks to Flipkart’s fantastic delivery network. And I was hooked in once again.

This time, the subject was more close to my heart. I grew up through the lores and stories of hindu mythology – be it from the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata or the plethora of Puaranas that our culture boasts of. Before opening the book, I was wondering what could it be that Ashwin wanted to refer to as “the legacy Krishna left behind for mankind”! When I finally saw what he meant, it was worthy of an applause. He zeroed in on such a small side story from the mythological texts and built such a wonderful thriller around it, that I finally sealed the deal of becoming his fan. The overall narrative, storytelling skills and compactness of the subplots – everything made the book a superhit.

So if you are a “Dan Brown” genre reader and have a soft corner for Indian mythology & history as well – go for these 2 novels, and with special Flipkart.com discounts as well (if you are in India, that is):

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To know more about Ashwin, you can also check out his Wikipedia page, and his own site.

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Thoughts after attending a knowledge sharing session today at work: People are talking about business rules engines and enterprise web-app designs based on the same – they are calling it a modern trend in IT design principles and seeing opening for usage of cutting-edge technology innovation from available BPM tools-gallery. Don’t know is it just me or is it really a less-known fact that business rules based application design has been there for ages (and by that I mean at least 15 years) and can be found in many legacy systems. I personally had experience in one that had character-based definitions of business rules that business users used to modify directly and the application used to perform quote-calculations based on those rules. Well, as a matter of fact, the system still exists and does the same operation till date. All that the new BPM tools are giving us today is a more visual way of handing the rules, ease of large scale design, and a feel-good sense for the less-informed who are thinking they are dealing with cutting-edge technology!

This is exactly what I was looking for – for sometime… just to be more productive in the blogosphere, as I could no longer access WordPress.com from my workplace! Great that this feature exists, and will help me keep jotting down my thoughts on the spot and put them up in here so that the world can read ’em.

Great!

For sheer visual pleasure:

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For an elaborate understanding of the 5 Platonic Solids, please visit Wikipedia.

Allegedly, this ancient Chinese birth chart was uncovered in the tomb of a monk in Beijing. When archaeologists examined the parchment it was printed on, they found that the chart predicts the sex of your baby with a spooky amount of accuracy.

Just look down the chart to find how old you’ll be when you give birth and along the top for the month your baby was conceived. The square where the two meet will show if you’re having a boy or a girl.

 

Chinese Baby Sex Predictor

Chinese Baby Sex Predictor

I must admit, it was accurate for my baby! Is it for yours, too?

Courtesy: GoodToKnow.co.uk