What mystery books would one recommend to someone who hasn’t read any mysteries since Sherlock Homes and Nero Wolf?

If you’re looking for screwball comedy with a sassy characters, I like Janet Evanovich, Harlan Coben and Elmore Leonard. For tightly drawn suspense, there’s Lee Child, Walter Mosley and Lisa Scottolione.  Happy reading.

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag, I think by Alan Bradley, Thus Was Adonis Murdered, by Sarah Caudwell; Margery Allingham, the Inspector Morse series by Dexter, to name a few of my favorites.

For Beginners in mysteries, these should help:
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by PD James.
The Bridesmaid by Ruth Rendell
Any books by John Dickson Carr & Agatha Christie

I fell in love with Poison for the Prince: An Italian Renaissance Mystery,and all the other novels in the Sigismondo series of novels by Elizabeth Eyre. That’s actually a pen name for 2 authors: Jill Staynes and Margaret Storey. While reading them, I sometimes envisioned Bruce Willis playing the lead character. The other book titles follow the same naming pattern: Curtains for the Cardinal, Death of a Duchess, Axe for an Abbott. I discovered them by perusing the library.

This whodunnit’s lead character is sort of a blend of Sherlock Holmes, MacGyver and James Bond.



Boys to Men — Conversion in progress

Here are some productive habits that change boys into men..

Be mature.

  1. Instead of your dad, you ask your sister how she is, how she’s been doing, whether she needs something
  2. Remind your parents that they need to walk daily, take their medicines on time, ask them to take food on time and eat fruits.
  3. When you are at home, make sure everything is working fine. You should lock the door at night.
  4. Manage your family’s expenses. Learn if you could contribute to any of the insurance policies.
  5. Make sure you teach them something which has a generation gap. Teach them how to use a smartphone, or how to make a call over Whatsapp, how they can search devotional videos over YouTube.
  6. Do things for them which they missed out on doing because they were busy raising you up. Take them for a vacation, or buy them clothes or footwear they like.

The Book of Man

Best answer @ IIM Interview

From IIM L interview,
P1: So tell me Abhishek why do you have ‘1993’ in your email-id?
A: Sir, I needed a bit more professional id as compared to my previous one.
P2: So what was your previous id?
A: Sir, it was abhishek.perfect@yahoo.com <smiling like an idiot>
<Both laughing at me>
P2: So you think you are not perfect anymore?
*Suddenly the pseudo-intellectual philosopher in me wakes up*
A: Sir, even the air around me is not ideal, how can I be perfect.
< Both look surprised, me smiling like a madman>

Verdict: Selected.

Source: Quora

Study tips for students – Really helpful

Use the POMODORO Technique!

Ha ha… Po-mo-do-ro… that sounds so funny. Did you just make it up?

Nope. ‘Pomodoro’ is an Italian word that means ‘tomato’.

So, what has a tomato got to do with studying??!!!

For that you’ll first have to understand what Pomodoro technique is all about.

In this technique, we use a timer to break down work into intervals of 25 minutes each, separated by short breaks, generally of five minutes. These intervals are called pomodoros.

So here’s what you do –

  1. Decide the study topic you want to finish.
  2. Set your pomodoro timer (25 minutes)
  3. Now, work on the task until the timer rings. If any distraction pops into your head during that time, write it down, but immediately get back on task.
  4. As soon as the timer rings, congratulate yourself. Now, take a short break of 5 minutes.
  5. Bingo! You just finished a pomodoro. Gear up for the next one.
  6. After four consecutive pomodoros, you can take a longer break of 10–15 minutes.

But what’s so special about this??!! Aren’t you just telling us to use a timer?

No. There is a fundamental difference. A Pomodoro is indivisible. In case you are interrupted during a pomodoro, you can’t get up. You have to immediately get back to work. If you choose to abandon work, then the whole Pomodoro gets nullified. It isn’t counted!

What if I have to take a bathroom break?

No. Take it before or after the pomodoro. You can’t take it during a pomodoro.

What if I get an urgent phone call?

Put your phone on silent before the pomodoro starts. Even if you forget to do so and it rings during the pomodoro, just silence it and move on. You cannot pick it up.

What if somebody dies!!!

Then forfeit that pomodoro. It won’t be counted. The point is, you are not studying for 25 minutes; you are studying for 1 pomodoro. 25 minutes might be divisible, but 1 pomodoro is not. It is one single unit of time – everything or nothing.

Oh! I see it now. Are there any apps that can help me use this technique?

Yep, there are some really good POMODORO Apps on Google Play. I use this one –

Productivity Challenge Timer – Android Apps on Google Play

Try it out. It can log your pomodoros, build graphs for you, track your progress, give you medals. It’s makes studying really fun.

What the fuck has this technique got to do with a tomato??!!

This is a tomato-shaped kitchen timer, or a traditional pomodoro timer, after which this technique is named –