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June 6, 2009

Scanning old Hindi books

Filed under: My Life — Tags: — Suramya @ 10:35 PM

Was rearranging my book collection here when I found some really old Hindi books. These books belonged to my Mother’s Grandfather and had been lying unnoticed with my books for ages. Unfortunately some of the books have gotten damaged, probably in all the moves we did over the years when dad was in the Air Force.

As these books are pretty much irreplaceable, I have started scanning them and then restoring them. So far I have scanned two books and will be scanning the rest as and when I get time. The plan is that once I am done scanning all these books I will visit my grandparents place and get the rest of his books from there and scan them too. Some of these books are over a 100 years old.

Since I am pretty sure that the books are no longer under copyright I am going to post them here on the site. Feel free to distribute the books as long as you don’t charge for it. Plus would be nice if you could mention where you got them from.

The books are scanned as .jpg images with two pages per image. As I said the books were in bad condition (I am sad that I didn’t notice this earlier) and some of them have pages missing so I have scanned whatever pages were remaining and restored the books and put proper covers etc on them to prevent further damage.

The first two books I scanned are available for download here:

  • Sachee Aur Imandaar Balak (Truthful and Honest Children) Contains short stories about children who were honest and truthful.
  • Hindi Stories Unfortunately the title page of this book is missing so I don’t know the name of the book. It contains short stories in Hindi
  • Will be scanning more soon. If you have and comments/feedback please do let me know.

    [Update 12/12/2014] :

    Looks like folks are not reading the comments, so updating the post to add this note. I am not interested in promoting Piracy, if the book you want is still being published then there is no way I am going to post a copy on my site. You can and should purchase the book from the publisher. The contact details for the publisher are below (Thanks Nostalgia for sharing):

    Phone 01123523349, 01123324064

    [Update 12/12/2017] : Fixed broken links.

    – Suramya

    June 5, 2009

    Some Books I recommend reading

    Filed under: My Thoughts — Tags: — Suramya @ 9:53 PM

    As you all know I love reading and in the past few days I have read some really interesting books. The first one is “In the Beginning was the Command Line” by Neal Stephenson. It is a fun read where he compares the various operating systems and their history. Although the book was written for coders and techies it doesn’t have loads of techno babble and I find his way of comparing the OS’s unique and loads of fun. For example here is an extract from the book where he compares DOS, Windows, Mac OS and Linux:

    Imagine a crossroads where four competing auto dealerships are situated. One of them (Microsoft) is much, much bigger than the others. It started out years ago selling three-speed bicycles (MS-DOS); these were not perfect, but they worked, and when they broke you could easily fix them.

    There was a competing bicycle dealership next door (Apple) that one day began selling motorized vehicles–expensive but attractively styled cars with their innards hermetically sealed, so that how they worked was something of a mystery.

    The big dealership responded by rushing a moped upgrade kit (the original Windows) onto the market. This was a Rube Goldberg contraption that, when bolted onto a three-speed bicycle, enabled it to keep up, just barely, with Apple-cars. The users had to wear goggles and were always picking bugs out of their teeth while Apple owners sped along in hermetically sealed comfort, sneering out the windows. But the Micro-mopeds were cheap, and easy to fix compared with the Apple-cars, and their market share waxed.

    Eventually the big dealership came out with a full-fledged car: a colossal station wagon (Windows 95). It had all the aesthetic appeal of a Soviet worker housing block, it leaked oil and blew gaskets, and it was an enormous success. A little later, they also came out with a hulking off-road vehicle intended for industrial users (Windows NT) which was no more beautiful than the station wagon, and only a little more reliable.

    Since then there has been a lot of noise and shouting, but little has changed. The smaller dealership continues to sell sleek Euro-styled sedans and to spend a lot of money on advertising campaigns. They have had GOING OUT OF BUSINESS! signs taped up in their windows for so long that they have gotten all yellow and curly. The big one keeps making bigger and bigger station wagons and ORVs.

    On the other side of the road are two competitors that have come along more recently.

    One of them (Be, Inc.) is selling fully operational Batmobiles (the BeOS). They are more beautiful and stylish even than the Euro-sedans, better designed, more technologically advanced, and at least as reliable as anything else on the market–and yet cheaper than the others.

    With one exception, that is: Linux, which is right next door, and which is not a business at all. It’s a bunch of RVs, yurts, tepees, and geodesic domes set up in a field and organized by consensus. The people who live there are making tanks. These are not old-fashioned, cast-iron Soviet tanks; these are more like the M1 tanks of the U.S. Army, made of space-age materials and jammed with sophisticated technology from one end to the other. But they are better than Army tanks. They’ve been modified in such a way that they never, ever break down, are light and maneuverable enough to use on ordinary streets, and use no more fuel than a subcompact car. These tanks are being cranked out, on the spot, at a terrific pace, and a vast number of them are lined up along the edge of the road with keys in the ignition. Anyone who wants can simply climb into one and drive it away for free.

    Customers come to this crossroads in throngs, day and night. Ninety percent of them go straight to the biggest dealership and buy station wagons or off-road vehicles. They do not even look at the other dealerships.

    Of the remaining ten percent, most go and buy a sleek Euro-sedan, pausing only to turn up their noses at the philistines going to buy the station wagons and ORVs. If they even notice the people on the opposite side of the road, selling the cheaper, technically superior vehicles, these customers deride them cranks and half-wits.

    The Batmobile outlet sells a few vehicles to the occasional car nut who wants a second vehicle to go with his station wagon, but seems to accept, at least for now, that it’s a fringe player.

    The group giving away the free tanks only stays alive because it is staffed by volunteers, who are lined up at the edge of the street with bullhorns, trying to draw customers’ attention to this incredible situation. A typical conversation goes something like this:

    Hacker with bullhorn: “Save your money! Accept one of our free tanks! It is invulnerable, and can drive across rocks and swamps at ninety miles an hour while getting a hundred miles to the gallon!”

    Prospective station wagon buyer: “I know what you say is true…but…er…I don’t know how to maintain a tank!”

    Bullhorn: “You don’t know how to maintain a station wagon either!”

    Buyer: “But this dealership has mechanics on staff. If something goes wrong with my station wagon, I can take a day off work, bring it here, and pay them to work on it while I sit in the waiting room for hours, listening to elevator music.”

    Bullhorn: “But if you accept one of our free tanks we will send volunteers to your house to fix it for free while you sleep!”

    Buyer: “Stay away from my house, you freak!”

    Bullhorn: “But…”

    Buyer: “Can’t you see that everyone is buying station wagons?”

    How can you not love this book?

    The second book I have recently finished is “MythOS” by Kelly McCullough. This is the fourth book in the series and I really recommend this book to anyone who likes computers and fantasy. In the book magic has advanced with the times and gone digital so all spells are actually programs and the Universe is run on/by a Computer/Goddess called “Necessity”. The Fates (Think Greek Fates) are the systems administrators of this computer. A really fun read. Though I recommend that you read the other three books in the series before you read this one otherwise some-parts won’t make sense.

    Currently reading “The Blood King” by Gail Z. Martin. It is the second book in the Chronicles of the Necromancer series and I like it so far. The plot is pretty straight forward and standard; Younger son is happy with his life and enjoying himself then suddenly the elder brother kills the king and everyone else in the family. He escapes, finds out that he has super magic powers and has to learn them before they kill him. Then has to go back to fight the evil king and his magician and save the kingdom.

    But still its a good read.

    Well this is all for now. My books are waiting.

    – Suramya

    June 3, 2009

    Status Update: Life, Site etc

    Filed under: My Life,Website Updates — Suramya @ 9:26 AM

    So what have I been upto recently? As I posted earlier I am in the process of updating the site with a new layout and new content. Portions of the site have not been updated since I initially created the site and I think its about time that this was rectified. For example the main portion of the About me section contained 8 year old information.

    At present the following pages have been updated:
    1. Home
    2. About Me (Except the Friends section)

    Currently working on the About India section. The information in this section is too short and doesn’t have that much detail so I am expanding it. Just to give you an idea of amount on new information I am adding here is an example; In the History of India section the portion the expanded section on Indus Valley Civilization is longer than the entire history page of the current site.

    This is why I think the update will take a while. I am considering making the changes live as and when I am done with a section. Still haven’t decided yet. Lets see.

    Other than this I am now learning Python so that I can program stuff on my phone. Have managed to write basic scripts so far. Python for Nokia is amazing. I got the phone to read an incoming SMS in a 7 line program. Working towards a program that will allow me to send commands/text to my system from my phone. Have loads of program idea’s that I want to try on the phone so this should be a lot of fun.

    Well this is all for now. Will post more later.

    – Suramya

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