Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Before I begin let me make a few things straight. I have not watched the first part of Captain America, and I had no idea who the guy was before I watched Avengers (where I found him totally useless because Iron Man, HawkEye, Black Widow and the Hulk had all my attention).

Then why did I even bother going for Captain America Part 2?

The answer is simple. I love superhero movies and I am a sucker for massive machines and gadgets and all-hell-has-broken-lose kinda fight scenes. So when half of my batch bunked class to go for the movie and returned with good reviews, I decided to give it a whirl.

I am so glad I did. Continue reading

Invasion of Privacy: Author Interview

Hello and welcome back to The Spyglassviewer! Today is a sunny day and that means good things are about to happen. What might they be? Well, the heading has all the clues.

Today we have with us a delightful person who goes by the name Jim Liston. Jim is an author, a blogger, and most importantly, a friend I met when I hosted him right here on The Spyglassviewer as a guest author. If you haven’t read the post yet, don’t wait, just hop over here and check it out. Believe me, it will be worth your time.

Anyway, when Jim recently contacted me through email saying that he had just released a book in the market – Invasion of Privacy and other Short Stories, I was more than pleased to hear the fantastic news. It’s a writer thing – we are proud when one of us finally decides to go public with their writings.

And that’s why I decided right then and there to invite Jim on The Spyglassviewer once again, not as a guest author this time, but as a celebrity who deserves an interview. So, without any further delay, let’s call on Jim Liston and hear what he’s got to say:- Continue reading

Symposium – Battleground for Nerds

On 26th and 27th of April 2013, Manipal College of Dental Sciences (my college 🙂 ) had its very first intra-college Symposium. For those of you who do not know what that means, I am referring to a Scientific Paper Presentation Competition. And boy, it was amazing!

As I told you all in my last post, I submitted my name for this event and was part of its Pre-clinical section, which was for the first and second year undergrads. In all there were 27 submissions in this section, which was more than double the total number of participants in the Clinical section.

Anyway, since there were so many of us, the coordinators divided the Preclinicals into three sessions – an afternoon session on the 26th and the morning and afternoon sessions on 27th.

I won’t bore you with the details but the program ran smoothly and we had some pretty incredible judges. And since the Clinical and Preclinical prizes were separate there was tremendous competition.

And here are the results:-

No, I did not win the Best Paper prize (there were three of them – one for each session in the Preclinicals), but guess who won a Consolation prize? Me. 🙂 Continue reading

The Name Dilemma

Another post after another long wait… well, I keep surprising the readers, don’t I? Anyway, let me dive straight into the point — naming characters is hard. I am sure those of you who are parents would know what I am talking about.

The name has to be just right because if it isn’t the tides can turn on you and your character will be stuck with a crap name forever. And we all know what happens to people with crap names. They get bullied. Period.

Thankfully, after too many trips down Google’s Baby name’s pages and irritating my roommate as I bounced names off her every two seconds, I have named all my characters and they fit perfectly.

But that is not the hard part. Continue reading

The Comeback

Hey guys! Wassup? Guess what happened this time – my internet pack (courtesy: Manipal University) got over. Yup, all 15GBs of it. I know, I know, careless of me but I learnt my lesson fair and square and have come out of it with abundant sympathy for the addicts who go cold turkey and have to deal with the consequences of their actions.

If you want a funny tale, here’s my cold turkey experience:-

Day 1: No internet???? Why am I being punished???? Why? Why? Why?

Day 3: Ah well, can’t do anything about it. Might as well focus on writing about Fortis (story world in Rage: the book I am writing).

Day 5: Two weeks of no internet? Oh please! It will be gone in a blink and I will be reunited with my dearie.

Day 7: (Scene: In our hostel room)

Me: Please, can I use your internet for a while?

Roommate: Ah, ok, but not right now. I have to complete my presentation. (Genuine reason, don’t worry, she is nice.)

Me: I just need to send in the articles. (I am currently working for a student-run newspaper called What’s Up Manipal.)

Roommate: Just wait a while.

…5 hours later (or maybe it was just half an hour… I dunno, withdrawal screws up your internal clock)…

Me: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You are an angel. (I definitely do not remember saying those words but I do remember feeling them when she turned her laptop my way).

Day 9: (Scene: A Behind-the-doors-alcohol-party)

Me: Shit! You are drunk! Continue reading