After heroically serving his country for four difficult years of war, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia. He ends up as a lighthouse keeper and after several assignments in different lighthouses, he gets a permanent assignment as the keeper of the lighthouse at Janus Rock, an island nearly half a day’s journey from the mainland.
The rigors of war, where he has seen a lot and done a lot of things he did not want but had to do, have taken its toll on Tom. But he finds peace and comfort in the isolated island where he adheres to the never changing routine of maintaining the light and manning the lighthouse. His only contact with the outside world is by telegraph and through the supply boat that comes once a season. He gets to set foot on the mainland only during the shore leave which is granted once in two years.
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When Austin Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. After giving the speech, he posted the text and slides to his popular blog where it quickly went viral. In this title, he has expanded his original manifesto. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining and filled with new truths about creativity.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative is a very interesting and inspiring book that presents ten principles that will help you change your ideas about creativity and will help you become more productive, creative, and passionate about what you do. The ten principles are:-
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I have seen many people struggle with arithmetic while I was in school, college, and also when I was working. Most people—both children and adults—have not developed the capability to do calculations in their head; they need a calculator or pen and paper to do even simple calculations.
When I was in studying in school, I used to watch the sales personnel at grocery shops and markets, and waiters at the not so fancy restaurants performing arithmetic calculations with ease and speed. I was amazed by their memory and the speed at which they could calculate. They knew the rate of the items, the quantity of each item ordered (in a list of 25 or more items) and would call out loud so that the shop owner could write the bill and collect the money. “Sugar 2 Kg, 10 rupees; Wheat flour 1Kg, 6 rupees; mustard 250gm, 1.50 rupees; Colgate paste large 1, 6 rupees; Pears Soap 3, 12 rupees…” and so on they will call out and finally give a summary: “19 items, total 84.50 rupees.” The shop owner would check it with the calculator and every time the salesman would be right. I often wondered how a person, who must have studied may be up to the fourth standard, could do calculations with such speed and accuracy.
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The Sense of an Ending is a beautifully crafted novel (or more aptly, novella) by Julian Barnes. This book, Barnes’s 11th novel, won the Man Booker prize in 2011. This short work, less than 160 pages long, is an excellent example of economic, precise, and polished writing. A exceptional book from an author who is a master of his craft.
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