Friday, May 30, 2014

State your opinion


State.com is an opinion sharing network. It's interesting. Especially after my blog post on the difficulty of stating your opinion on facebook and facing the wrath of 500 people who may or may not have read your complete post or found a completely different angle or pulled your own comments on a different topic completely out of context and screaming at you to accept their point of view and worse, getting personal. There is a need for a network for stating your opinion and discussing it with others who are indeed willing to discuss it rather than deciding what is right. I think this forum has a good future. 

Having said that I don't think I know enough of it to write a review. I received a neat little presentation from BlogAdda on what I must do to get access to this network and review it. On second thought, I could do without it. I needed to login everyday for 5 days and review it in a week of getting access. They were flexible around my holiday but I also work about 11 hours a day and it's diffcult to spend enough time everyday on a new network. And since I did not know enough, I didn't post my incomplete review. But then I need to, right?

So here goes: The site is by far one of the cleanest interactive websites I have come across. It's easy to use and explore. Easy to state your opinion and look for other opinions. It's very interactive by itself, suggesting you more thoughts based on your activity and helping you understand the world a bit better.
I am not sure I was able to share because I wasn't really enthused by it either. Why would I state my opinion on state.com if I would share it on facebook/twitter? I would rather just state it on facebook/twitter. I would like this distinction maintained. 

There are some common features on the website with other social media platforms like trending topics which is probably the most used feature in all social media. What state.com called "tuning in" is basically your interests so the suggestions you receive are tuned into your interest. 

What I do love most is their analysis of the opinions. Basically when you state an opinion it asks you to choose with adjectives to describe it. Once you state you can immediately see what's the percentage of the opinions side with you. You can all see the top word groups to see what other people say about it. And then you have this graph that shows you the spread of people's opinions. It's got highlights and all the opinions. I think it's worth a try and does have a good future, especially among young people looking for ways to express themselves.

Here is their youtube video:

Sunday, May 04, 2014

The Child of Misfortune



The story starts off abruptly with a phone call that Amar received that propelled him to jump on a flight. It keeps you guessing as to what is happening for a long time. Often it feels like it's rather childish, the rivalry that Amar and Jonah share. Only until the story goes back in time to narrate a childhood incident, the murder of a prominent politician. Then suddenly everything becomes real.

It seems like Jonah is playing a very serious game. And mostly with himself because he keeps playing Amar's moves as well. And Amar keeps limping along trying to beat Jonah at his own game but failing miserably. Just like the story, he slowly gathers traction and along the way gathers some odd friends, a Tibetan monk, a Korean social engineer and a Kenyan pharmacist.

And then there is an extraordinary twist in the tale. The story makes sense now. To you and to Amar. So if you thought you were confused till now while the story kept running from pillar to post hovering over a childish rivalry between a rich jobless guy and a psycho kid from no where, so was Amar. And you could not have been more wrong. The story is just beginning.

The plot is incredibly woven and told to the reader in bits to keep you hooked and waiting for the next piece of information. A definite page turner, the story line shows the author draws inspiration from veteran authors like Jeferry Archer in his ability to conjure a story. Writing can be abrupt at times when some ideas need to be explained but smoothens when an action sequence is painted in your mind's eye.

Exhilarating experience it was that I'm waiting eagerly for the next book. I'm assuming it's a trilogy. Is it?
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Updated: I have some inside info that it's a two part series! Check out  www.soumitrasingh.com for more info and updates!