Sunday, October 9, 2011

My first Agatha Christie novel

Dear readers,

It would be weird to state that of all the innumerable books that I have ever read till date, not one was an Agatha Christie work. That being said, I made my debut with a novel that had a nice ring to its name - Five Little Pigs. In hindsight, I believe my decision to pick this novel off the bookstore shelves might have been subconsciously influenced by my familiarity with the Holmes' story - Five Orange Pips.

Now I know why people who love deduction based detective works swear by her name. The pacing is impeccable. It is my personal opinion that the pacing of the events is far superior than any of the Holmes' stories. Again, we must remember, she was perfecting a genre that was invented by Arthur Conan Doyle.

I could care less of the ending. The novel had double denouncements - the first one directing Poirot to a wrong deduction. While the ending is not exactly an icing on the cake, I take this as a property of this particular novel.

I am certainly looking forward to another work by her. Dame Christie can surely hold my attention (and billions of others' as well).


For those who have read the book - I am surprised that all the 'pigs' ignored the existence of Miss Lemerchant as a 4 year old kid. One of them - Governess Williams even says that there were 4 ladies in the house, thus omitting Miss Lemerchant altogether.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The average day of an unemployed youth.

  1. Wake up
  2. If IST > 1130 hours goto step 10
  3. Make breakfast
  4. Eat breakfast
  5. Go online
  6. Check mail
  7. Take a nap
  8. Wake up
  9. Check mail + search contacts + try to send an application
  10. If (IST > 1500 hours) && (no_of_people=2) goto step 13
  11. Make lunch
  12. Goto step 14
  13. Order lunch
  14. Eat lunch
  15. Check mail + search contacts + try to send an application
  16. Watch cartoons
  17. Take a nap
  18. Wake up
  19. If home_supplies > threshold goto step 21
  20. Visit nearby grocery stores
  21. Refill supplies
  22. Take a nap
  23. Wake up when someone arrives
  24. Check mail
  25. Fiddle online
  26. If !(desire_to_cook) goto step 29
  27. Make dinner
  28. Goto step 30
  29. Order dinner
  30. Eat dinner
  31. Check mail
  32. Watch cartoons
  33. Go offline
  34. Sleep
  35. Goto step 1

Dear readers,

My average day is more or less based on the aforementioned algorithm. In the wildest scenario, there maybe a 20% deviation.