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The economics of Jesus

October 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Thanks to CFA overdose, have been hypersensitive about economics and the implications. The obvious start was to re-read Freakonomics in an attempt to have an enlightened understanding :P. The first time I read it, it was more from a discussion and amazement point of view than otherwise.

Super-freakonomics released sometime back raises some interesting questions again..  can’t say I am much impressed by it. Though, one interesting point was when the authors were questioned by an Indian journalist as to how they will explain the actions of Jesus. What were the “incentives” when Jesus went on “cross” ?

Here is an interesting blogspot answering / commenting on the very same thing.

Without any personal opinion, I will like to to bring this to debate :).
At the same I wonder, if such an article/book would have been allowed to publish in India, the land of tolerances as Amartya Sen puts it. The fanaticism is indeed taking the “argumentative” out of The Argumentative Indian. Much on this later.

Categories: Articles, Books

Read-a-thon : Check !

October 25, 2009 10 comments

I didn’t sleep, I read, I conquered !

I am done… had a wonderful time… very impressed with the organization of the event (Kudos to  Hannah (WordLily), Ana (Nymeth), and Trish (Hey Lady!) ).. and most of all..very impressed with myself :)..

For more info on the event, visit Dewey’s Read-a-thon

Final Statistics

Time Duration: 5:30 PM yesterday – 5:15 PM today (signing off 15 mins earlier)

Title of Books read: Liar’s Poker, Shantaram, Chances of a Lifetime, Bobby Fischer goes to war, Hellen Keller: Story of my life

Number of Books since I started: 5 (Completed : 3.. Chances of a lifetime, liar’s poker and shantaram)

Pages read since last update: 311

Running total of pages: 1640 (1329 + 311)

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 170 minutes (:P)

Total Running time: 1261 minutes (21 hours 1 minute)

Mini-challenges: 19

I did complete an unsaid aim I had set for myself.. finished off 3 books and read two books partially…

I will love to return next time with a bigger pile of books, in a relatively less finer print to add more to the book count :)..  Jokes apart, hats off to everyone who helped in making this event such a huge success…


Categories: Articles, Books

Final meme

October 25, 2009 11 comments

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hour 11- 12 (which was about 5.30 – 6.30 AM here)

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

All the books were pretty gripping.. considering Shantaram is already a well-read book.. Chances of a lifetime, though belonging to a diff genre altogether, is pretty fixating

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

None as such.. I loved every aspect of it..

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

The cheer-leaders and their enthusiasm really kept everything alive.

5. How many books did you read?


6. What were the names of the books you read?

Shantaram, Liar’s Poker, Chances of a lifetime, Bobby Fischer goes to war, Story of my life-Hellen Keller

7. Which book did you enjoy most?


8. Which did you enjoy least?

Story of my life… I guess I was just not in the mood

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

Not really…

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I will for sure.. there is no way I can let go off this excitement :)… I will be reader for sure.. will think of putting in a mini-challenge too

Categories: Books

Read-a-thon Update#9

October 25, 2009 12 comments

Yeyi.. :).. another session over.. could not go through much during this time.. thanks to the India-Aus cricket match :(.. Really hoping to make up in the 3 hours left with me (discounting the time i will need for a lunch break)

Time: 2:15 PM

Title of Books read: Liar’s Poker, Shantaram, Chances of a Lifetime, Bobby Fischer goes to war, Hellen Keller: Story of my life

Number of Books since I started: 5 (Completed : 2.. liar’s poker and shantaram)

Pages read since last update: 152

Running total of pages: 1329(1177+152)

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 111 minutes (:P)

Total Running time: 1091 minutes (18 hours 11 minutes)

Prizes won: None :(

Mini-Challenges participated in: 17

I pitched in Hellen Keller’s “The story of my life” too. I did not find it appropriate enough for this occasion. So, I will again be shuffling between “Chances of a lifetime” and “Bobby Fischer goes to war”. I so wanna finish them both. What an outrageously exciting feeling..

I am going in for a 3 hour session.. so the next post will be the final post for me.

Categories: Books

Read-a-thon Update#8

October 25, 2009 5 comments

Aha.. yet another book completed.. I am done with Liar’s Poker and I loved it inspite!.. Very smooth and very simple.. brings to forefront the most pertinent and sometimes the least asked question about one’s career.

Time: 12:10 PM

Title of Books read: Liar’s Poker, Shantaram, Chances of a Lifetime, Bobby Fischer goes to war

Number of Books since I started: 4 (Completed : 2)

Pages read since last update: 165

Running total of pages: 1177 (1012+165)

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 115 minutes

Total Running time: 980 minutes (16 hours 20 minutes)

Prizes won: None 😦

Mini-Challenges participated in: 14 (includes the hourly challenges)

We have entered into the last quarter… what a day and I am so very confident of making it till the end. The second quarter was the most difficult for me.. Right not I am feeling all young and vibrant again 🙂

Shall complete one of these two books for sure.. hoping to close in on both.. 🙂

Categories: Books

Read-a-thon Update#7

October 25, 2009 1 comment

A session with loads of milestones.. FINALLY I have completed Shantaram..  what a remarkable piece of literature.. :).. I have moved on to Chances of a Lifetime by William Christopher.. looking forward to it..

Time: 10:00 AM

Title of Books read: Liar’s Poker, Shantaram, Starting with Chances of a Lifetime

Number of Books since I started: 3 (Completed : 1)

Pages read since last update: 172 + 1

Running total of pages: 1012 (YEY… 1000+)

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 120 minutes (exact two hours :) )

Total Running time: 865 minutes (14 hours 25 minutes)

Prizes won: None

Mini-Challenges participated in: 12 (includes the hourly challenges)

As time has passed, I have infact picked up on my reading speed and slowly let go of the mini-challenges. Initially, I made sure to take a break every hour to participate in the mini-challenges. The enthusiasm has subdued a bit thanks to the lazy slump of meat my body has been transformed into… I am awake for the past 25 hours and there is still atleast 8 more left 🙂

Shall complete Liar’s poker this session 🙂

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October 25, 2009 2 comments

Though I have never met her in person, but this event has provided me with enough examples on how wonderful she must have been.

Dewey is the person who conceived this idea of a read-a-thon, and from what I recall as one the comments of the current admins.. the first read-a-thon was taken care of single handedly by her. Some well paid off enthusiasm.

Kudos to  Hannah (WordLily), Ana (Nymeth), and Trish (Hey Lady!) for continuing the tradition. As a first time participant, I can say that you guys have created a wonderful event.

May god bless Dweye’s soul. RIP.

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