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Book Review – Fountain Head

I’ve just finished reading Fountain Head (by Ayn Rand), a book on Architecture, Integrity and Individualism.

At the outset, I never guessed this book is going to be so sensational. The title of the book did not excite me, nor did I know the author. However, when I was told that the book was about Architecture, I decided I had to read it. It’s not everyday that someone comes along and writes a book on something as complex as Architecture or Individualism. And so I started to read.

A few choice quotes from the book

1. The opening sentence: “Howard Roark laughed.”

What a way to open one of the greatest books ever written. I think it shows everything Howard represents in the simplest of terms.

2. “My dear fellow, who will let you?” - Dean

“That’s not the point. The point is,WHO WILL STOP ME?” - Roark

3. “You’re too good for what you want to do with yourself.?(p. 62)

Henry Cameron tells Roark that he will suffer greatly because in spite of designing the most beautiful buildings, they will remain on paper and never be erected while he will watch mediocre others reap high commissions and glory because they are willing to copy the past.

4. When Toohey urges Roark to say what he thinks of him, Toohey presses the issue, saying: “Mr. Roark, we’re alone here. Why don’t you tell me what you think of me? In any words you wish. No one will hear us.” and Roark replies, “But I don’t think of you.”

5. “We don’t want any great men?I shall rule.?(p. 635)

In his lengthy monologue in Keating’s apartment, Toohey finally confesses his intentions. He wants power and in this effort attempts to make people into selfless beings, who in addition to altruism and excessive guilt forget how to be happy themselves. Since great people don’t buy into this philosophy and thus obstruct his path to complete power and domination, he wishes to eliminate them.

By the time I finished reading the book, I was so much in awe of the characters, the author’s perspective and deep insights. Also, this was a book written in 1938, and yet surprisingly stays relevant in today’s context.

Recommended Reading.

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Just launched Jokulu.com

jokulu

Just launched jokulu.com, a fun website to read and share jokes. You can subscribe to the RSS, follow on Twitter, or become a fan on Facebook.

I will try and update the website whenever I can, but those interested in contributing can let me know.

Hav fun!

Me and my Macbook – I

macbook

Since i got an Apple Macbook(Unibody) last october, i’ve been using it like crazy. On hindsight, I regret not purchasing one earlier.

Before I got hooked to Mac OSX, I was using Windows XP on a Sony Vaio. While Windows is a decent OS, it absolutely lacks refinement and polish. It was good for system admins and IT guys, but it was way awkward for a design enthusiast like me. Added to this, my new Vaio machine came preinstalled with so much bloatware, that I had to spend so much time just to get rid of all the crap. This was in 2007.

By 2008, the VAIO just died, and it was so expensive to repair, that I opted to buy a new laptop instead. I was on the lookout for better alternatives, and that was how i chanced upon Apple’s Macbook. A friend of mine was using a macbook, and i soon learned more about it. The OS had very strong UNIX underpinnings and the UI was stunning. I instantly liked it. There was however a catch: The lower end macbooks costed around $1100 and had a plastic shell, and the aluminum (read PRO) machines were way too expensive. I wanted the best of both worlds, i.e, an aluminum mac and one that costed $1100. I decided to wait.

Continue reading…

Take 2

I initially set up my blog with me.com using iWeb, a Mac application that comes with the OS. Though it is very easy to setup and get started, I found it very limiting. Milind from Smoking Apples suggested me Coda and WordPress, and I find them to be a killer combo!

This website is now powered by WordPress and Modern Clix. I personally love the new look. Let me know what you think via comments.

A snapshot of my earlier template (for posterity):
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A fresh start!

I’ve set up this website as a journal for my thoughts. I’ve opted to use WordPress instead of iWeb this time round, and plan to start fresh!
Road

Papikondalu Boat Trip

Packed my bags and went on a boat trip with family and relatives on August 15th (also happens to be India’s Independence Day).

We hired a boat and went on a 7 hour round trip journey to Papikondalu across the Godavari River. There were 3 halts at various places across the journey: once for lunch, and twice to experience a waterfall and a river bank. Was a fun trip overall!

papikondalu trip


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