The da Vinci code : book review

Ok, I know I am the last one on planet earth to read this one. Wait, I know another soul who is still to read this – my dear hubby. So, when I started reading the book – he told me to explain the story after I was finished. Clearly, he had no intentions of reading the book. So, today when I started explaining to him – he looked tired and confused. His simple question – can you explain the story in 10 points and your review in 3 points. I failed miserably, being a very verbose person. However, that was enough to keep my monkey brain busy through the day.

Here is the story of the book in 10 points:

1.the bloodline of Jesus Christ is alive.
2. The documents depicting human nature of Jesus Christ, and the identities of the Jesus Christ bloodline are protected by a group of people , called as priory of Sion.
3. A historian thinks that, priory is black mailed by church, and hence never reveals the truth to the world.
4. The historian’s wish is to reveal the Jesus Christ secret to the world.
5. He uses top most officials of opus dei(a Christian missionary) to get the keystone that contains the secret.
6. Another historian, with the help of priory member’sgrand daughter unlocks all the puzzles involved in opening the keystone.
7. The two historians are friends, and the selfish historian helps the other one and grand daughter for solving all the puzzles.
8. The selfish historian is sent to jail, and he never finds out where the documents are.
9. The priory’s grand daughter is jesus christ’s bloodline, along with her brother.
10. The historian finally discovers the location of the grail documents, and let’s it remain a secret as per the died priory member’s wishes.

Review :
1. The concept of faith mentioned in the book is excellent.
2. For a non Christian like me, I felt like a kindergarten student with graduation textbooks. But, concepts well explained.
3. Some characters stole the whole stage, while others just looked on. Can be better at police and other’s characteristics.

So, that’s it for now.good night and sweet dreams.


Advice for experts

When I was a fresher, everything I did was a challenge, and every single task I completed made me so proud. Now, nearing 9 years in IT industry, I can say that the excitement is there, but not certainly for every task I take up.

I had the opportunity of working with more senior people in the team. Anything you tell them, they know already. And you get that looook.
I think, it’s really important to see the things from the other person’s perspective as well.

So, my advise to the experts out there:
1. Please do not think people with lesser experience than you are dumb.
2. If you think the other person has done something he’s proud of – may be you can pat their back too. Doesn’t make you look any smaller.
3. Stop making references to your grandeur achievement in your career, really all people are interested are in themselves.

Usually, as people get more experience in the IT industry, they are more narrow minded and bitchy. Keep an eye, and you will notice the signs, if there are any.

Good day.

Soups : Pumpkin soup Indian style


Pumpkin 250 GM
Coconut milk 150 GM
1 onion
4 garlic clove
5 green chili
1 tbsp cumin pwd
1 pinch asafetida
1 bunch coriander leaves
Salt to taste
Black pepper powder to taste

1. Peel outer skin of pumpkin. Cut into medium size pieces. Boil in water until cooked, around 20 minutes.
2. Cut onion, garlic. Let them sit for 5 minutes, so that their medicinal benefits show up. take green chilli, cut into half.
3. Take a pan. Put 2 tbs oil. Add garlic, green chilli. Once cooked, add onion and cook for 2 mts. Turn off the stove. 4. Purée boiled pumpkin , cooked onion-mirchi-garlic, with salt, cumin powder and little hing.
5. Turn on the stove. Add about 100 – 150 GM of coconut milk. Add the purée. Simmer for 5-7 minutes.
6. Chop some coriander leaves.

Soup is now ready. Serve in soup bowls, sprinkle with coriander and if you still crave some spice – add some black pepper powder n enjoy!:)

Review of Fitness Behavior Podcast

Today, while going through the usual list of podcasts on itunes after very long, I was looking at something peppy, interesting and nice to listen to. And then, I found this podcast. The one listened was :-

Fitness Behavior 17 : What you say to yourself.

Boy, I’m so impressed with this guy!!! Yes, he is a fast speaker to me – but only because he slows down his pace – I can actually follow him through out the podcast. And when I put the earphones on, I feel as if he is sitting right in front of me and talking. That’s one of the toughest impacts to make on the audience. The content, presentation and the personal touch of adding his own stories to the podcast makes it more appealing to the listener.

I’ve subscribed to the podcast, and so sad that this guy isn’t in Sydney with his running groups.

And for his website:  – Go, pay a visit. You’d be happy you did.



You feel like a stupid,

You feel like an idiot,

Everyone else is able to make their life,

But you suck, suck and suck.

When such a  period comes,

Let it flow in your life,

As good and bad balance each other,

Simply wait for the good to come.

Relax your jaw,

Shrug your shoulders,

Wear a careless smile,

And go off with your routine.

When things are well,

But it’s only you and you,

Keep your mind blank

And ask the devils to fly away.

The day will come,

When you’ll beam with joy,

The pain will be long forgotten,

By you, and you will go on…