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Reviews of various things which are near and dear to all hobbyist around us.

Book Review -The Three Mistakes of My Life

– BY Phani Kumar P.S. : CSE III Year

The hatrick book fails to play the trick!”

The 3 Mistakeers

“The three mistakes of my Life” the third book from one of India’s bestselling English author Chetan Bagath is a bit disappointing attempt to continue his golden run. The first two books were big hits and even went on to form the basis for two major bollywood movies which are in the making.

Unlike his previous books, the author chose to build the plot in a small city rather than the big metros. His idea was to bring in more Indian-ness to the story which was not achieved to the fullest extent. The story mainly revolves around three friends Govind(the narrator), Ishaan and Omi who have varied interests of Business, Cricket, Religion.

The story starts off with the author receiving a “final mail” from Govind, a native of Ahmedabad, whom he traces and pays a visit at the hospital and Govind starts narrating his story. From there its all about how Govind starts a business
and faces the challenges of life with his friends, viz. calamities, communal riot’s and of course a tragic love affair. Talking about the language and the style of narration, its simple and catchy. Well then, if you are a cricket fan, you’ve got some fond memories in store.

The three aspects he is dealing with are the most typical interests of many common Indians, but they fail to set the tone of the story, as the impressive moments are few, and the drag at couple of occasions cuts down the pace of the story.

But then again, there are fairly enough frames which are worth appraisal, particularly when dealing with cricket and few involving the female lead. The main drawback was the climax, which is full of riot’s issues, that mainly disinterests the youth, which constitutes the larger pool of readers for Chetan.

So my final say would be, it’s worth a read but be prepared to be bored a
bit and end up with something less than you’d expect from Chetan.

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Review – Fiat 500

– BY Ananth Choalla : IT III Year

The FIAT CINQUECENTO or better known as the FIAT 500 is back on the road. This coupe was first manufactured in 1957 by the Italian car manufacturer FIAT. It launched as the NUOVA 500 as a cheap and

A very fast mouse
A very fast mouse

practical town car just 2.07 meters long with a small 479 cc, 2 cylinder air cooled engine. It was designed to meet the past war markets which needed economical cars and 500 redefined the term “economical car”. It is one of the first cars among the city car segment. 500’s were in production till 1975 and discontinued due to changes in the market. After 32 years the car is re-launched with new engine and styling.

FIAT previewed the new 500 in March 2007, exactly 50 years after the first fiat 500 was launched. It was launched in India in July 2008. The car comes in two models, sport and lounge. Designed FIAT Centro Stile the car was designed not to look like a FIAT 500 but the one that could be a FIAT 500. The design while respecting the original concept is aimed to improve and increase the functionality, reliability and economy. With very minimal front, a short bonnet and rear overhangs the 500 has an exceptionally compact body shell. The combination of circular headlights, separate lower full beam lamp housings and the trademark chrome whisker and logo, gives it the name” The Little Mouse”. The rear of the car holds a large chrome plated tail gate, large tail lamps, an integrated roof spoiler and an additional stop light. Safety plays an important role in the design and the rounded front bumper increases pedestrian protection. The company provides a feature where the customer can design his own style of 500 before it is bought.

The interior of the FIAT 500 is quirky, bucking the trend of modern-day conservative cabin. The leather upholstery is available in two tone shades. The overall space available is less due to its small size. The dash is neatly organized with round dials and buttons. The steering is modern version of the classic 500 steering. The gauges are put in concentric circles which might be a bit confusing to look at. The chrome plated gear rod is into the dash of the car saving space. Everything inside the 500 is shaped round representing the completeness of the vehicle.

Moving to the performance of the car, it no more has the low powered 479 cc engine but a powerful 1248 cc engine that outputs 75bhp@4000 rpm. The 4 cylinder with in-line arrangement are placed in the front. The car has added performance with the electronically controlled Common Rail Multi-jet Direct Injection fuel feed that extracts more power from every drop of fuel. A supercharger and an intercooler are also provided which are not present in many big cars in our country. This small car can hit a top speed of 165 km/h and accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 12.5 seconds. The car is provided with good independent suspension in the front and interconnected shocks in the rear. The braking is good as ABS with EBD is provided.

With a classic compact design, luxurious interiors, impeccable performance, the 500 is off the hook!! The mouse that you are using to scroll the article may cost you just about Rs500 but this little mouse form FIAT costs you a whole Rs15 lacs.

Verdict :

It may look like a little mouse but has the power to beat the cat off its competitors.

Tech Review: The Sony S610

– By Ananth Choalla : IT III Year

Sony is back with its latest portable media player “THE NWZ-S610”.The S610 come under the Walkmanbrand of

The Sony S610
The Sony S610

Sony. This looks like Sony’s serious attempt to challenge Apple’s iPod and the efforts don’t seem good enough.

At the first look it seems small compared to iPod classic but larger than the iPod nano and has a 2-GB memory. It has a 1.8 inch LCD and below it is the navigation pad. The navigation pad is simple and easy to use and has two shortcut buttons one for Home/Back and the other for Power On/Off. The volume and the hold switch are present on the opposite sides. File transfer is simple as Sony has chose to go with the drag and drop or it can also be done through Windows media player. It seems that Sony has finally discarded its SonicStage and opted to go with PlayForSure.

It plays audio (MP3, WMA, non-protected AAC), video (MPEG-4 and JPEG pictures. Video support is limited to MPEG-4 and H.264/AVC. It has FM Radio and plenty of audio enhancements, like 5 preset-equalizers and 2 customizable options, DSEE, Clear Bass, Clear Stereo and Surround sound effects.

The earplugs do not do a good job as they sound average and the bass isn’t effective. It sounds better with different pair and the Sony MDR-EX700LP is recommended. The bass sounded good and so did the mids. The highs are not as sweet as expected which probably is clear while listening to light music. But it does a good job while listening to Rock/Metal/Hip-hop and the Clear Bass enhances the experience by providing clear, tight and deep bass. Video on the small screen is crisp and clear. There is no blur or fade effect that is seen in other LCD screens. But the limited memory restricts one from watching video as it requires a lot of space which is a scarcity. The FM reception is fair enough. The claimed playback time of the battery is 33hrs but it could only stay up to 28hrs.

All this makes the S610 Walkman a good media player form the house of Sony except for the price. Putting a 6 grand tag on this player for its small screen and insufficient memory has to be justified.

Books worth getting.

To Kill a Mocking Bird
To Kill a Mocking Bird

To Kill A Mocking Bird, a Pulitzer prize winning novel by Harper Lee is one of the classics of modern fiction. Set in the period of The great depression, the novel truely presents the racial and social inequalities prevalent in America during that period. Though, the book deals with serious issues, it is a very warm and at times humourous. Due to the excellent blend of humour, warmth and a serious plot, To Kill a Mocking Bird, is still among the most widely read novels. A must-read for all book lovers!!!!!

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 309
Price: Rs.255.00

The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner

“For you, a thousand times over….” The Kite Runner by Khalid Hossieni is a novel about human emotions. Set in the backdrop of pre-Taliban Afghanisthan and America, The Kite Runner is a very well written, almost poetic book which might even prove thought -provking for some of us. Definitely worth reading!!!

Publisher : 2003, Paperback, Bloomsbury ( Penguin Books)
Author : Khaled Hosseini
Pages : 324
MRP:Rs. 320