Books

I enjoy reading and discussing books. If you want to talk/suggest books please send me an email at sush AT iiti DOT ac DOT in. If you want to gift me a book, you are more than welcome :)

My favorite authors


(In an arbitrary order)
Lewis Carroll
Ian Stewart
Douglas Hofstadter
Rabindranath Tagore. The Complete Works of Tagore
Richard Feynman
Douglas Adams
Issac Asimov
Ian McEwan
Oscar Wilde
Ayn Rand

Some Recent Good Reads

"The Annotated Alice", with notes by Martin Gardner
"The Annotated Flatland: A romance of many dimensions" by Edwin A. Abott, with notes by Ian Stewart
"Godel, Escher, Bach: The eternal Golden Braid", by Douglas Hofstadter (Unfinished)
"Letters to a Young Mathematician" by Ian Stewart
"Logicomix : an epic search for truth" by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H Papadimitriou
"The Calculus of Friendship: What a Teacher and a Student Learned about Life while Corresponding about Math" by Steven Strogatz
"The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics" by Marcus Du Sautoy
"Stumbling on happiness" by Daniel Gilbert
"Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science" by James D. Watson
"The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales" by Oliver Sacks
"What the Best College Teachers Do" by Ken Bain. This was part of book chat at University of Ottawa, Center for University Teaching.
"An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness", by Kay Redfield Jamison
"Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament" by Kay Redfield Jamison
"Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell
"The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind" by Gustave Le Bon
"The Picture Of Dorian Gray", by Oscar Wilde. Dont know why I hadn't read it earlier!
"The year of Magical Thinking", by Joan Didion
"Summertime" by J.M.Coetzee
"The book of Laughter and Forgetting" by Milan Kundera.
"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" by Milan Kundera.
"If on a Winter's Night a Traveller" by Italo Calvino
More on my Goodreads Page

To-read list

"Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order" by Steven Strogatz
"The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century" by David Salsburg
"Flatterland" by Ian Stewart
"Phantoms in the brain" by V.S. Ramachandran
"Annotated Wizard of Oz", with notes by Martin Gardner
"Where Mathematics Comes From: How the Embodied Mind Brings Mathematics" into Being by George Lakoff and Rafael Núñez (reading)
"I am a strange loop" by Douglas Hofstadter (reading)
"Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain" by Antonio Damasio
"The Philosopher's Handbook" by Stanley Rosen. Book chat for philosophy club.

All time favorites

"Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll
"Hitch hikers guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
"Abol Tabol" by Sukumar Ray

Travel

Interesting trips


Myanmar, October 2012.
Alaska, May 2011
Eight days trip to Swedish and Finnish Lapland beyond Arctic circle during Christmas 2009
Hiking in Kulleberg, Sweden, April 2010. The only time I hiked for 10 hours at a stretch.
Backpacking in Japan: Kyushu and Mt. Fuji, July 2009

More fun stuff

Puzzles: I am interested in number puzzles and recreational mathematics
Aerobics
Book clubs
Biking
Walking
Running!
I dont play any musical instruments, but I used volunteer for Ottawa Chamber Music Society.

Places I used to frequently visit in Ottawa

National Arts Center
Canadian Film Institute
Ken's Sushi Japanese Restaurant closest to my office.
I am yet to explore Indore.

Interesting Links

Stanford Encyclopedia Of Philosophy
MIT Open Courseware
TEDTalks
Lewis Carroll Society of North America
All about Alice in Wonderland
Links on Recreational Mathematics
Fascinating Escher's works
Web Sudoku
SETI