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Eats, shoots and leaves

I recently re-heard this joke about the panda during a presentation on the importance of punctuation in my company.

Just in case you are not familiar, it is about this panda, who can talk, who goes to the restaurant, has food, fires a few shots in the air and leaves without paying. On being questioned, it throws a WWF manual at him. It has this section about the panda - among other things, "eats, shoots and leaves".

Imagine my surprise when I found a book by the same title in our company library! I decided to take a chance with this book, especially since my colleague, Srini endorsed it.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves is an interesting book by Lynne Truss, a British writer, who is popular for her BBC programs . The author laments the incorrect, if not abuse of punctuations. The book traces the origin of various punctuations and talks about the ways to use them. It also highlights the nuances of use in American English vs British English. I, for one, learnt the difference …

Angels and Demons

I usually read the book before seeing movies based on the book. Angels and Demons was different. I happened to see this movie with my brother-in-law a few weeks back. The movie is based on the novel by Dan Brown. I had read Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, as well as seen the movie. The movie was a pale imitation of the book.

The movie was quite confusing, especially since the print was not great. It was more interesting than the movie "The Da Vinci Code" though. This meant, the book must be even better.

It has been ages since I last read a book - it was "The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga. Though I have been reading, "The Pragmatic Programmer - from Journeyman to Master", since it is an e-book, I have not completed it yet.

When a cousin of mine, dropped in last Sunday, we hit Crossword, Indira Nagar 12th Main. Though the shop advertised, sale and discount, I was kind of disappointed with their choices. Imagine my surprise when I saw no visible c…