What is Bookcrossing?

Friday, January 21, 2005


n. the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.

(added to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary in August 2004)

Exactly! And it's a concept that's catching fancy of people very fast. Bookcrossing.com has 323,448 members and 1,685,887 registered books.

The concept is no. 1 on Lovemarks (a book too) which tracks most popular brands across the world. Shahrukh Khan is on no. 10, right above Superman!

posted by rahul

Free beer (as in free speech)

Thursday, January 13, 2005

A Danish beer is released under Creative Commons License that covers the recipe and the bottle art:

The recipe and the whole brand of Our Beer is published under a Creative Commons license, which basically means that anyone can use our recipe to brew the beer or to create a derivative of our recipe. You are free to earn money from Our Beer, but you have to publish the recipe under the same license (e.g. on your website or on our forum) and credit our work. You can use all our design and branding elements, and are free to change them at will provided you publish your changes under the same license ("Attribution & Share Alike").

[via BoingBoing]

posted by rahul

Why's everyone going to Bhutan?

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Bhutan is the new hot must-see destination in south asia. People are visiting Bhutan for the untouched beauty and of course, spirituality! Somebody should write on this Business of Spirituality.

"Bhutan has bubbled up in the collective consciousness," said Ms. George. "I just felt like I had to go."

But why? How did a place with one main road, and only five months of prime travel weather, catapult to the cutting edge of high-end tourism? And how, indeed, does any destination suddenly appear on the radar screen? Bhutan - a Brigadoon of astonishing beauty - has done what it takes to become a travel hot spot...

Read on NYTimes (reg. req.)

posted by rahul

Gladwell's new book

People who liked the concept of The Tipping point might also enjoy Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcom Gladwell.

[via Scoble]

posted by rahul

Photos, Credits et al

Friday, January 07, 2005

One man

2 0 d a y s

4 7 7 1 k m s

(click on the pic to go to my flickr collection)

Ankur Shrivastav: Digicam
Sari/Bkgupta: Sleeping Bag
Ritesh/Nakul: Rucksack
Kartikay: Chennai Acco
Aditya Garg: Thekkady Acco
Anshuk Gandhi: B'lore Acco
Saurabh Garg and IIMA Gang: 31st Dec


posted by rahul

For Book Loving Bloggers

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Russell Beattie, being a big book lover, has this experiment going on, where you can get a page of a book every day via your favourite RSS aggregator. The books are mostly classics, and available for online reading. To subscribe you will have to follow the instructions and generate the RSS url. Maybe this time I will finish The Time Machine!

And maybe we can start an experiment ourselves, "books we are reading", for this blog, elect some 4-5 books, create shared RSS feeds for them and link them here and subscribe to them, we all will be reading same pages, that will put some TV like of shared experience aspect to book reading.

posted by amit upadhyay


..I long to be home
but I long to be home.

See you guys tommorrow.

posted by rahul

Perfect days

Monday, January 03, 2005

Just a perfect day,
Drink Sangria in the park,
And then later,
when it gets dark,
We go home.
Just a perfect day...

- Lou Reed

Not exactly the same, but you get the picture...right? :)

Ok, let me describe it to you. :D I wake up to the gentle roar of sea waves. I have my breakfast and newspaper while looking at the beach. After sometime I take a dip in the sea and spread myself on the sand, in the sun. I shuffle between sleep, The Glass Palace and sea water. I have my lunch. I visit this cybercafe, read news and post a devastating (to people on the other side) blog entry. :)) I again shuffle between sleep, The Glass Palace and sea water. Then there is time for a fresh water bath. After which I take a walk on the beach, visit the market and just enjoy the scenery. Then I sit at the bar for sometime and have my dinner thereafter. Then some regular banter and I sleep to the lulling whispers of the sea waves.

posted by rahul

In Goa

Sunday, January 02, 2005

How do I describe this!

  • Beer
  • Beach
  • Blondes
  • Bolleyvoll
  • Bahahahahhahah

Happy new year guys!

posted by rahul


Days at Bangalore were spent like this:
  • Wake up at around 8:00 am, have tea in 'smaller than bottle caps' cups, play guitar
  • Get ready, go to Namdhari for a sexy salad breakfast with orange juice (if you go to b'lore check this place out)
  • Go to MG Road, hop around between Reliance Webworld, Barista and Crossword
  • Go to Peco's and have lunch!
  • Hop around between Reliance webworld, Barista and Crossword
  • Meet people coming back from job at Barista/Java city
  • Discuss about how there's nothing to do other than movies or pubs
  • Have dinner (check out 100 ft boutique restaurant on 100 ft road for Italian stuff)
  • Go home and sleep

Acco/bike rides sponsored by Anshuk

PS: About Kanyakumari sometime later...

posted by rahul