Lucifer’s Lungi by Nitin Sawant [Book Review]

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[spoiler free]

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Initially, when I got the request to review this book, I was very skeptical.

I kept thinking, Lucifer’s Lungi, the name is strange, the description is confusing. It seems to be about gods and devils, I like thrillers, why am I agreeing to read and review this book?

…and the skepticism lasted till I read the first paragraph of “po-logue”, after than I was enraptured by the story.

The setting of the story is very simple, and relatable. The protoganist is somewhat similar to some of us, a cocky guy working for a nice firm in the city, South Indian, Madaras, to be more precise, and of course he doesn’t know the language.

To escape the humdrum of corporate life, our protoganist starts to explore tourist spots on weekends, that is until he ends up in the wrong place.

Lucifer’s Lungi is the story of a misadventure the protagonist (we don’t know his name) experiences in one of his weekend adventure trip.


I am thankful to the representatives of Fablery for bringing to my attention this novella. It a very entertaining and quick read at just 111 pages. I am definitely going to look up the author, Nitin Sawant for more of his work and I am going to make my sister read this tonight.

Rating – 5 stars

J.K. Rowling releases new Harry Potter short story [download]

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Sweet nostalgia.

I was introduce to the world of Harry Potter when I was in 7th grade and I missed the magical world of Harry Potter when the series ended.

And after all this time, a new book!
Okay, it’s not really a book, or a novella. It’s a news Column by Rita Skeeter.

And it’s not really a story about Harry Potter.
It is an news snippet about Quidditch which happen to talk about Harry and his friends.

It felt extremely good to go back to the magical world of Harry Potter. This news snippet gives us, the fans, a tiny peak into the lives of our heroes.

Stop whatever you are doing and spend two minutes of your time reading this Harry Potter update.

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You can download and read the story here.

I saved the best for the last – we are getting another Harry Potter story!

But let us not be severe. Harry Potter and his cohorts never claimed to be perfect! And for those who want to know exactly how imperfect they are, my new biography:¬†Dumbledore’s Army: The Dark Side of the Demob¬†will be available from Flourish and Blotts on July 31.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the new book. It’s going to be like a pensieve for me. Taking me back into the magical world.

Blurring the line between web & apps with Google Now

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Google Now everywhere along with deep linking is going to make Android platform very powerful.

For instance, I am reading an article about top movies to watch this summer and I want to add some of those movies to my watchlist in IMDb.

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Earlier, I had to go to the home screen, open IMDb app and search for the name of the movie.

With Google Now all I have to do is say – ‘OK Google’ and the name of the movie. Google displays the search results and with deep linking clicking on the result takes you directly to the movie page in IMDb app.

Deep Linking was exclusive to Google Apps and a few selected developers and Google has opened it for all the developers. Some other examples of Google Now & Deep Linking –

  1. OK Google – Define ‘word’ & not only get the definition read out to you but you also get the option to read the definition in the dictionary app installed in your device.
  2. OK Google – what are the current scores? Get the scores in the sports app that you have installed.
  3. Read about a restaurant in Facebook, say OK Google ‘name of the restaurant’ and open the restaurant page in Yelp, zomato or the restaurant’s own app, in case it’s installed.
  4. Search for a person and open his LinkedIn or Facebook profile directly in the respective app.
  5. Search for a book and add them directly to read later list in the Goodreads app.
  6. Search for a route and open them directly in maps app.
  7. Search for a place and directly book a cab to that place from the Uber app.

Voice actions are everywhere, no matter in which app you are, just say – OK Google. Example – OK Google, remind me to buy milk tomorrow at Walmart.

Google is in the search business, it gets business when people search for stuff. Google can’t let search be fragmented by apps. With Google Now everywhere Google is working towards ensuring that you are Googling it on the phone instead of going to individual apps.

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This blurs the line between the web and the apps. The transition between web and apps will be seamless with Android L’s 60 frames per second buttery smoothness. You no longer have to go into the app to get information, just Google it!