Return to Chennai
Chennai to Palaniyarpalayam

๐Ÿ“… to

๐Ÿš— Self (Swift Dzire): 555km in 9h 3m with ๐Ÿš— with ๐Ÿ›‘ at Jude’s House @ Pollachi โ˜•, A2B @ Ariyanur ๐Ÿšป, @ Salem Bypass ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ, and Manoj Bhavan @ Madhurantagam โ˜•.

Started later than the usual time and had to take a detour to Pollachi to drop a relative. Petrol was cheaper in Kerala and topped up the tank ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. It was almost noon when we finally reached the Nilambur bypass outside Coimbatore. Since we had packed lunch, we did not have to stop at a restaurant for lunch. The decision to take the Thirupour route for the final stretch was a good one since there wasn’t much traffic on that route.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that โ€œresistanceโ€ is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

Book 11 of
Started Reading ๐Ÿ“– โ€“ February 10, 2021
Finished Reading ๐Ÿ“˜ โ€“ February 10, 2021
My rating: โญโญโญโญ

I listened to this in a post-prandial stupor. It was a short book.

Steven Pressfield tackles the problem that people face when they are struggling to create something. He calls it Resistance with a capital R. Itโ€™s a combination of self-doubt, deception, fear of change and success. Resistance is a negative force that opposes any creativity and keeps us from fulfilling our dreams.

The stars are out tonight… Time to identify ๐ŸŒŒ

Feb 01 – 07, 2021

Monday
– Ordered food delivery for dinner after a long long while.
Tuesday
– As bedtime procrastination, I caught up on the latest ๐Ÿ“บ episodes of Batwoman and The Expanse.
Wednesday
– Missed score 9 against Southampton.
– Completed listening to ๐Ÿ“š The Organised Writer by Antony Johnston
– At a quiz held during the organization’s All Hands Meet, I managed to come in 5th. Questions about Hindi movies in quizzes always trip me up. ๐Ÿ˜ข
Thursday
– I finally managed to show my team a demo of a chatbot for
– With Season 5 of the Expanse concluding with Nemesis Games, I think I’ll wait for the final season before I start book 6, Babylon’s Ashes.
– I started ๐Ÿ“– reading Economics of Small Things by Sudipta Sarangi.
Friday
– It was the last day to submit the yearly self-appraisal stuff at . Luckily, my Obsidian-based worklog helped me fill it up quickly.
– We went out shopping for silver and sarees before the weekend trip.
Saturday
– A rather lazy Saturday spent watching ๐Ÿ“บ and reading Dark One. Max’s tab is great for reading comics. ๐Ÿ˜€
Sunday
Travelled to Palaniyarpalayam.

February Trip
Chennai to Palaniyarpalayam

๐Ÿ“… to

๐Ÿš— Self (Swift Dzire): 523km in 8h 21m.

We started off early to attend Mahizko’s first birthday instead of travelling on Wednesday. This was an uneventful drive with lunch and coffee packed from home.

Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures by Stephen Fry

There are heroes - and then there are Greek heroes.

Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes.

In this companion to his bestselling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales. Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece. See Atalanta - who was raised by bears - outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples. Witness wily Oedipus solve the riddle of the Sphinx and discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera.

Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of - at our worst and our very best.

Book 10 of

Started Reading ๐Ÿ“– โ€“ January 18, 2021
Finished Reading ๐Ÿ“˜ โ€“ February 7, 2021
My rating: โญโญโญโญ

As always Stephen Fry is a joy to hear. Though I have come across all of these heroes and stories, hearing them again brought back memories of reading them as comics or books. I would have liked to hear a bit more about other heroes also in addition to the famous ones that we all know about.

Dark One Vol.1 by Brandon Sanderson
Some worlds are made to be broken. Paul is a young man who sees visions of strange and fantastic worldsโ€•visions he initially believes are hallucinations. But these visions turn out to be prophecies, dark projections of a world in which Paul is a tyrant who destroys the world and the creatures that reside there. Dark One examines the dual roles we often take on in life - the ability to be a savior as well as a destroyer. Created by & Story by: Brandon Sanderson Written by: Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly Drawn by: Nathan Gooden Colors by: Kurt Michael Russell Letters by: Andworld Design

Book 9 of

Started Reading ๐Ÿ“– โ€“ February 6, 2021
Finished Reading ๐Ÿ“˜ โ€“ February 6, 2021
My rating: โญโญโญ

What if you are the person destined to be the villain, the destroyer of the world?

The Organised Writer by Antony Johnston
The Organised Writer is a practical, no-nonsense system that allows you to write without worrying about administration, business affairs, or scheduling. This straight-talking guide will help you become more productive, cope with multiple projects and make time within your life to write - while also dealing with non-writing tasks more efficiently.
Cover of The Organised Writer

Book 8 of

Started Reading ๐Ÿ“– โ€“ January 25, 2021
Finished Reading ๐Ÿ“˜ โ€“ February 3, 2021
My rating: โญโญโญ

This is an interesting take on being organised as a writer. It is more like for writers. Nothing new to me but others might find this interesting…