Of books and movies…
Read John Battelle’s “The Search”, last week. Engrossing and insightful. Much interesting info on the evolution of Internet Search and Internet advertising. As is to be expected, at least half the book is centered around Google, but it’s more than just a history of Google. There are other heroes, other stories too – Bill Gross and Goto.com, for one.
Reading a book like this makes one realize just how much things have changed. Much recommended.
I made a list of movies seen and books read last year. 40 movies (including ones on DVD, excluding HBO/Star Movies), and 20 odd books. A bit surprised that I only read 20 books, but I think I have forgotten 3-4. 66% of it was fiction, 33% non fiction. Both counts seem reasonable, though I would like to up the non fiction % a bit. 50-50 seems like a good target to aim for, this year.
I also did a quick rating for the movies and the books, and turns out among the movies I saw, the best ones were Schindler’s List, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Station Agent, Before Sunset, 12 Angry Men, The Motorcycle Diaries, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Omkara, Rang De Basanti and Autograph. As for the books the top two were “Ptolemy’s Gate” and “An Equal Music”. The Mahatma and the Poet, The Corporation, The River Sutra, and one of the books in the Tagore compilation (either Part 2 or 4) were the other honourable mentions.
The worst movie I saw was “Thambi”, the worst book “Sons of Fortune”.