Being Bibliophanzee – On Diversified Reading

If you search for this word ‘Bibliophanzee‘ in dictionary (online/offline, whatever you prefer) you would find no meaning. That’s because it’s not an officially recognized word but the product of idiotic mind. I chose or rather made this word for its phonetic similarity with amalgamation of ‘Bibliophile’ (\ˈbi-blē-ə-ˌfī(-ə)l) and ‘Fonzie‘.

While ‘bibliophile’ is essentially relevant with the context and the later is merely chosen for my love of ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S.’ (referenced here – The One Hundredth). Don’t worry, I would somehow bring in the relevance to justify my word 🙂

[Do you think I’m an idiot?] My friend would say – No, of course you’re not but I am. Owning to my tiny vocabulary and futile searches to convey what I want to say, I turn to such absurdity for my own amusement. On the side note, you can suggest words to Oxford Dictionary for inclusion but its chances of acceptance would be very less. How about doing some language research prior to that?

So what is it for anyway? Simple, On diversified reading.

And what exactly is it? Simple, apart from how much you read, considering what the general sources that you read from, as well. Your reading obsessiveness analyzed over quantitative and qualitative parameters.

In our fourth semester ‘Thermodynamics‘ course, the professor suggested – while making the term papers, don’t just restrict yourself to Wikipedia. Do explore other websites, read research papers, look for forums & discussions and tonnes of other things. He was pretty sure that students would directly copy-paste the materials. Ironically Wikipedia articles themselves are compiled from various sources.

Brainpickings – An inventory of meaningful life – The epitome of diverse learning. Its a boon to bibliophiles. This is what I wrote about it back in December –

I’ve been receiving the Brain Picking’s newsletter for over 3-4 months. I have never really completed reading the whole newsletter yet. There in so much of information contained and even more embedded that if extracted properly, would render the reader a literary aficionado in few months.

All the articles are exquisitely connected but they establish their individuality gracefully over the topic. And not that these newsletters share the monotonous topics, it ranges over variety of genres. Its brain simulating.

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The writer ‘Maria Popova‘ brings in the deeply researched stories about books, authors and topics spanning science, love, philosophy, music, art, history and what not. Its her tremendous selfless effort that brings us stories like ‘A Madman Dreams of Tuning Machines‘, ‘Psychology of time and the paradox of how impulsivity and self-control mediate our capacity for presence‘. Her podcast on ‘Design Matters‘ would give you further insight or probably watching her TED talk .

Pocket recommendations and Instapaper – If you get hand picked articles from all across the Internet, what’s wrong in that! Some articles are extensive, some are informative, some includes opinions while some argue about ‘why Google turning to Alphabet is a strategic movie in its favorable future‘. I oftenly share my significant-reading items on Twitter. So if you’re curious, you can most certainly have a look.

How diversified is your reading?

Yesterday I got the email from one of the Quora’s top writers whose newsletter I’ve subscribed to. Mostly (in fact always) its about Mechanical Engineering but yesterday he mentioned a book – ‘Man’s Search For Meaning – Vikto E. Frankl‘ which he read recently. It moved him so much. Well I’ve read that. Coincidentally I had mentioned about this book in my last post.

Inshorts – News in 60 words. Who has got the time to go through whole newspaper these days? If you’re in hurry, how about having a look at the headlines and summary. An amazing idea executed equally brilliantly, Inshorts restores your connection with the world in case you were quite possessed on your own.

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Fews days ago while writing response to a comment on a blog, I wrote –

I need to get along with books again. The thing is though I read a lot throughout the day, it mostly consists of online articles, blogs, news, Quora, documentations and discussion on Q & A forums, etc. But it doesn’t seem substantial like when I finish a book.

It pinched me somewhere. After all, my activities were similar to what a bibliophile would do yet I wasn’t just reading books. ‘Bibliophanzee‘ is the answer to that. A healthy obsession to get your minds on not just one but other means that serves the purpose of meaningful reading.

Writer’s note: This post is a part of newsletter series ‘Swapping The Bits

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Running The Movie Marathon – It’s Okay Sometimes!

While I took a break from my Mother’s Day gift making session last night almost exhausted from the debugging war I had with Disqus & ghpages for static site generation, my mind refused to continue and went into the relaxation mode instead.

Woah! Hold on a second – that’s a lot of things in one sentence. You made mother’s day gifts? Which framework are you using for the site? Have you heard about Hugo?

Oh Yes I did. Few hand drawn sketches, few graphics and a lovely poem. None of them I showed to my mother for she doesn’t understand these. How could I have given it better sitting thousand of miles away? I called her and talked about her worries (which my younger brother is the main reason of 😛 ). She understands my voice. It soothes her more than any of my gifts can. Anyway here’s what I made at last when the day came to an end –

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For the geeks who are equally interested (or even more) in the latter part. Guys! wait for it. I’m working on an extensive blog post for most of your queries. Let’s not mix up things here. You would get to see codes 🙂

Anyway for the kind of nocturnal habits I’ve developed, the relaxed mind needed something to pass the time with (also where it doesn’t have to work much). Ah! what could be better than movies. So there it started – my movie marathon.

Just like you do warm up exercises before starting a race, the movie marathon starts with YouTube trailers. For kind of recommendation that comes, you’re sure to end up at the wrong corners of Internet. That’s the problem with shared network, so beware 😛

For the safety, I maintain a well maintained list of to-watch movies curated from trusted sources like Quora and authentic reviews. If you’re going to devote your two hours of life, better watch something worthy. So the first one in the list was this –

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For curious souls, I generated this using online calligraphy tool. Clicking on the image would direct you to the link.

Considering all the frequent encounters I was having with this movie somehow, I couldn’t resist but to finally watch it. For the readers who’re still awaiting for the perfect moment to watch this movie (probably with their partners), don’t worry! I’m not giving away any spoilers.

If your definition of a cliched love story is something like a poor boy and a rich girl falls in love with each other but couldn’t get along because of girl’s parents while the boy’s parents are chilled out with everything. Life parts them away then somehow matches them up as well. Happy ending. Well it just got your approval for being one but wait!

This is what I wrote right after I finished the movie (quick review) –

It’s amazing how one scene could change your entire perception about the movie. For me it was the notebook’s first page that reads ‘the story of our love by Allie’. Burfi’s initial plot kind of felt like same as this. Actor’s role seemed peculiar though.

But the execution of story somewhat makes it different. While getting the image for the poster, I stumbled upon this link which talks about certain facts that would make you like this movie even more. If you have time, go and have a look. If you want it short, here are the main points –

  • Ryan Gosling was considered for Noah’s role because he didn’t look like a Hollywood actor but a regular guy.
  • The movie was shot in reverse. [wrt Noah’s character] First beard scenes, then shaved off & young guy beginning scenes.
  • One of the most famous scenes in the movie is the heavenly ‘birds in the lake‘ scenes. Birds were not brought from somewhere else for it would’ve been difficult to make them stay in the lake. So they were raised besides the lake itself.
  • Some of the artistic furniture shown in the movie were actually make by Ryan.
  • If Rachel Mcadams wowed you in this movie then you should know that she had less than a day to prepare for the audition.

The movie has some intense intimate scenes, so <cough>…After all the movie didn’t win ‘MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss‘ just like that.

So that’s how it gets added into the list of romantic movies I’ve seen recently besides About Time (Hands down, winner in my list so far – celebrating love of all dimensions), Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind (Brilliant concept and equally brilliant screenplay, heart falls for the Alexander Pope’s excerpt), Submarine (Words fall short. Talking about cinematography, I love these kind of movies), Begin Again (I’m still listening to the songs!) – they’re all so epic that ‘The Notebook‘ had the hard time finding its place it between, at last get appended at the bottom.

The clock ticking around 2:00 AM and the dose of ‘The Notebook’ wasn’t enough to signal my sleep, so my hunt began again. Few YouTube trailers slowly drifting to the wrong side – what kind of movies are made these days! Anyway again I was saved by my list. So the next query went like – ‘moonrise kingdom full movie online’ (who cares about uppercase in google searches anyway!)
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It would be a sin to say something about it beforehand. Ok remember the tickle that you feel when you run your imagination about something wonderful and there is a slight possibility of its coming to reality – yeah, that kind of tickling you would feel here (perceptions might vary).

Two of the best movies I’ve ever seen! Both by Wes Anderson.

The brilliancy of cinematography is unmatched in terms of simplicity and depiction of subject.

‘The rule of third should not be called a rule. It’s a preference.’ – Damn right! If you’re a cinematography enthusiast like me who has been fooled by this rule too, watch Wes Anderson movies and your whole learning would be defied. In fact, he has come up with his own technique of filming subjects which he justifies as –

“I have a way of filming things and staging them and designing sets. There were times when I thought I should change my approach, but in fact, this is what I like to do. It’s sort of like my handwriting as a movie director. And somewhere along the way, I think I’ve made the decision: I’m going to write in my own handwriting. That’s just sort of my way.” – Wes Anderson

If you need visualization, see Wes Anderson//Centered yourself –

So there goes ‘Moonrise Kingdom‘ too.

But if you just saw two movie in a row, how could you call it a marathon? It’s quite normal in college, right? Everybody does that.

If you have this question, sorry I don’t have any answer except ‘please know me better!’. You could contact me through blog, website, email or anything. I would be happy to have a conversation.

For the rest, I had booked the ticket for ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity‘ for this afternoon show on Saturday itself. So there you go – three movies in one day, two in peace of my silent room and the next one tens of kilometers away in city.

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“Great talents often comes from the most humble of backgrounds” – The true story of limitless mind.

I don’t go to theaters often. Last time I went for ‘Interstellar‘. Ya go ahead and connect the dots – I like movies based on science and romance more than action, thriller, horror or whatever genre you come up with. Sandwich ‘comedy‘ in between as the demarcation line.

What? Are you asking me how was the movie? You’re kidding, right? Go ahead and watch it. Dev Patel’s acting is brilliant and so of everybody else’s.

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A page from Ramanujan’s lost notebook – click on the image to know more.

If you collect the amount of such films made and spread it over the entire span of cinematic existence, it would come around 2 years or so (it’s my guess; I’m only counting Bollywood and Hollywood not regional movies).

Imagine this huge film industry (including all of the greatest directors, actors, production units you’ve seen) working tirelessly for 2 years just to produce a 2 hour movie – wouldn’t that worth your time?

Playing renowned Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan in “The Man Who Knew Infinity” was a bit of an irony for Dev Patel as the subject of mathematics was an Achilles heel of the actor in school. – Report

So there you go. A blog post with few spoiler (if you sensed them) and some crappy analysis that just fuels your eagerness to watch all of these movies now. And if you’re stuck in crappier situation which doesn’t allow to do that – like stuck in office hours and preparing for exams – then best of luck!

Bonus –

If you’ve read so far, I want you to know that there was one more thing I wanted to write about but didn’t because the post have already gone huge. Anyway I would give a hint – there is something remarkably common among biography movies like ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity‘, ‘A Beautiful Mind‘, ‘The Theory Of Everything‘ and ‘Man’s Search For Meaning‘ (it’s a book) by Viktor Frankl. Try to find out and write in the comments.

Disclaimer (I know it should be written in the beginning but why spoil the fun before it even start!)  – I don’t support watching movies but some films leave a mark of indispensable learning. A huge amount of work goes behind making something meaningful and appreciating the effort is the greatest driver of improvement.

Writer’s Note  This post is a part of newsletter series ‘Swapping The Bits‘.

My Cryptic Love – Part I

Tangled was I, pondering over phi (φ) & psi (ψ);

Lost I was, in looming & mirage;

Wandering in turmoil in search of my fate,

Scratching my head over transient & steady state;

Then you walked into the equation,

Added a variable and changed the whole solution;

Trickier it became, the expression thereafter,

Seemed so gentle yet I couldn’t solve faster;

Lengthier it was too, equally difficult to be solved,

Whenever I attempted, mysteriously it evolved,

Into a giant tangled string like E8,

Then I understood It wasn’t that straight

For this variable acted differently

Of all the ones I had currently;

So I decided to give it a proper thought,

Reclining from the battle, meaninglessly I fought…

 

Writer’s Note:  (just a formal way, you know who I am!)

Why is it difficult to describe something succinctly in words?

Probably they’re not meant to be. But its concealed intensity is strongly felt & thus vented out in disguised gestures.

Not all things could be written poetically or probably they could be. May be I am not quite matured yet to mould them that way. ‘My Cryptic Love‘ justifies my attempt on this laid philosophy. It’s a series of written pieces which celebrates the amusement of love with the spicing of cryptography – just for the fun of it.

Stay tuned for scientifically coated but humorously expressed token of tribute to the beloved companion. Do leave your comment below in case you want to share your two cents 🙂