Monday, February 27, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
How is all going on? Enjoying the week? Reading anything new? Here is a review of SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of Elite Navy SEAL.
Just when the world went on a high about the death of Osama Bin Laden in a assault by SEAL Team Six, we had access to SEAL TEAM SIX Memoirs of Elite Navy SEAL by Wasdin Howard E. and Stephen Templin. Co-Incidence or not, the book gained some popularity immediately. So I too was interested, tried it couldn't complete it. But eventually after trying hard enough I completed the book recently.
DR. HOWARD E. WASDIN graduated with BUD/S Class 143. After the Battle of Mogadishu, where he was awarded the Silver Star, Wasdin medically retired from the Navy in November, 1995, after 12 years of service. He lives in Georgia.
STEPHEN TEMPLIN completed Hell Week, qualified as a pistol and rifle expert, and blew up things during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training. He is now an associate professor at Meio University in Japan.
Though the plot and narration of book are pitiful, the book captures the spirit of military-men, the bond between men-in-arms, the pain they undergo, how they need to work hard, how they have to look after their careers, their lives, their martial problems and all. There is quite some humour here and there. I guess you can read that part.
Do I recommend the book? No, not for someone who knows the SEALS, who is die-hard fan of military stuff. If you are a newbie into the military world, you may give this book a try. Though I prefer not. Better to read Lone Survivor and Black Hawk Down.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “Shadows crept across the wall”. These five words will be included in the word count.
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), do one or more of these:
- end the story with the words: "everything faded." (also included in the word count)
- write in the same genre you normally write
- make your story 200 words exactly!
Unconsciously my mind said out a prayer asking for safety and a thanks for the kid who worked hard with the alarm, though it gave so short a notice that all I could do was jump and hide below this couch. I shall run the moment they enter the room shouted my panicked heart while my mind warned there might me more of them waiting for me outside.
Thud Thud Thud
Bang Bang Bang
The door gave-in under the heavy weight of their shoulders and I was startled at the shots. Just then, I crawled out to run away before my head exploded in sharp pain, my vision blurred at sight of my blood and my brain stopped registering anymore pain as left me to die and then everything faded away.
- Mr. Harry Deshpande, tell us a little about yourself? (w.r.t. your native place, your inclinations towards writings and the inspirations you have)
- Mr. Harry, You are an Indian. Did the relationship between India and Pakistan have an impact on the HOME GROWN?
- Mr. Harry, the topic / theme of the book is about Jihad and how someone can turn from western citizen to public enemy. Can you give us your comment on it?
- Mr. Harry Deshpande tell us a little about your writing endeavours, future plans and current projects?
- What was the most difficult part? Writing Home Grown? Re-editing it? Getting a publisher? or ..?
- Your advise to writers who are trying hard to get published?
Sunday, February 19, 2012
He left India in 2001 and started programming in 2002. He and his family have moved around the globe for the next few years and are now settled down in United States since 2007. Harry is now working as a developer for a fortune 500 company.
Other than writing and programming, Harry also indulges in book reviews and day-trading stocks.
When recent college graduate Anwar, a Muslim born in Denmark, marries Nahgma, an Indian Muslim, her prosperous father is keen to celebrate the union by treating them to a honeymoon in Hawaii. However, Anwar's father has a markedly different idea in mind to launch their marriage: a visit to the family homeland of Pakistan to acquaint the new bride with Pashtun culture. Reluctantly agreeing, Anwar finds himself in the province of Quetta, and in the forbidding company of Hamid, a member of his extended family who has a palpable madness in his eyes.
Regrettably, this meeting will forever alter Anwar's worldview. When he takes up Hamid's offer to visit a site of American attack as proof that the United States is targeting innocents, Anwar lands in the middle of a skirmish between American Special Forces and the jihadist elements. From there, one traumatic event after another calls into question Anwar's accepted Danish mores, his relationship with his new bride, and his comprehension of Denmark's complicity to Pakistani atrocities at the hands of Americans.
From there, rigorous Jihadist brainwashing quickly transforms a benign Western accountant into an avowed Muslim with a new wife, for whom he has a passion that even surprises him. With that love rendered asunder, Anwar now has the fire to enact the unimaginable, right in his once-beloved Denmark.
With each turn, The Homegrown charts the grave and all-too-common trajectory from world citizen to public enemy, casting crucial light on why terrorists succeed with their message of hatred, and why the United States may be losing in the war of propaganda.
Three kindle versions of the book are up for grabs. To grab the same, kindly comment on this post. Visit Mr. Harry Deshpande and let him know your opinions on the book. I shall contact the winners in the end of Feb.
When camp is complete and filled with 160 odd enrolees, Moss is promoted into Junior Leader due to various traits of leadership he has shown. Mr. Compton (Junior leader at conditioning camp) joined the new camp. When Captain Hakes takes over as CO, the woes of Moss increase ten-fold. Captain Hakes and Compton make the enrolees work extra hard intending to create a great show for their own reasons *read military careers*.
- Hitch received a Christopher Award
- Hitch was on the Society of School Librarians' International Best Book Shelf
- Hitch was on the We the People Bookshelf for the year 2009-2010
- National Endowment for the Humanities project done in conjunction with the American Library Association.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Hope all goes well and I enjoy the campaign.
Here is a simple, stupid but humorous (I guess) idea. My first attempt with Troll pictures using a few online tools like Google Picasa and the Rage comic builder.
Hope everyone likes it. Let me try creating a few more.
here and here.
with warm regards
How is life going on? Enjoying? Finding time to surf, chat, talk, laugh and party hard? Hope life goes well for you, me and all by the grace of god.
About a week back, SocialSpark introduced me to Clipix.com via a casting call though I didn't get qualified back then. I just wanted to give out a casual try and to my surprise I really love the service now. What is so special about it? Check this video out:
In simple words, I sign-up for a free account with clipix and a CLIP button to my bookmarks toolbar. What next? Whenever I find something awesome on the web, I can ask the CLIP button to create a specialized book-mark for me, categorize it as per my preferences, organize my life.
There arises the first question. When a book-mark tool does all these tasks why to go for Clipix? It is because the average book-marking toolbar / software doesn't have simple interface, can't organize the book-marks properly, can't synchronize the book-marks across your various systems (if you are using different systems for work and home then??), can't share your book-marks with your friends, can't afford to have many book-marks about the shoes you want to shop, about the vacations you dream about and ofcourse the book-mark toolbar can't export your book-marks to twitter / facebook to be shared with your buddies.
So, I just urge you to sing-up, check the service and see the difference yourself. I am posting a few ScreenGrabs / PrintScrens of my clip-boards (boards on which my clips are organized). Do let me know what categories will both of us have in common? Vacations / Shoes / Books to Read / Interesting Articles found on blog / blog hops I signed up for / Party Ideas / ...??
Here is some other information from Clipix:
- There is an iPhone App (take all your clipboards with you on the go and add new clips by taking photos of things you see)
• You can create customized clipboards - create as many as you like for any purpose and rearrange them however you want
• Clipix lets you choose whether you want your clips to be private or if you want to share them with your friends or the whole clipix community.
• Reclip clips, comment on clips, share them on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
• Create a clipboard at any time from within the "Clip" panel (Often you’ll see something you want to save that makes you think of a whole new category of things to save.)
• You will always find new uses for it all the time
Now Now, Get going and check out the site without any further delay here on clipix
with warm regards
Thursday, February 9, 2012
- The book is filmed by the name A Rumor of War *as a television miniseries* casting Brad Davis, Brain Dennehy, Keith Carradine, Micheal O' Keffe and Christopher Mitchum.
- Don't read the book, if you can't take gore. It will surely give you nightmares.
- Yeah, I do recommend this book for all.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012