Jack-o’-Lanterns started with Stingy Jack

Happy Halloween, Everyone! 🎃

Every year at this time, houses in the US and globally are decorated with orange gourds with scary faces carved in them. Jack-o’-Lanterns as they are called are actually an Irish Myth which was adopted in the US. Originally the lanterns were made from turnips and potatoes. Since pumpkins are native to America, they were adopted over the years to make the lanterns.

Read on if you want to know the story of how this tradition came about 🎃 –

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The Catcher in the Rye

One of the books which has been on my to-read list for a very long time. After having read it now, I understand why it’s a classic. Described usually as a coming of age book recommended to teenagers, I think it can mean something to everyone who reads it at any age. It’s a beautifully written book exploring the mind of a person who rejects the world for what it is.

First, let me tell you this, Holden Caulfield is not everyone’s cup of tea. Sixteen years old, Holden at different parts in the book seems like a wise soul stuck in the body of a teenager. Everybody, Holden says, accuses him of acting like a twelve year old. Read More »

So, Magic has rules?

On one of my trips to the library a few months ago, I saw The Rules of Magic in the new books section. It caught my eye because of a bright yellow cover and also because of “magic” in the title. After I got home, I googled the book and read that it was a prequel to another popular book by Alice Hoffman called Practical Magic. Practical Magic was written in 1995 and was made into a movie starring Sandra Bullock Read More »

Re-evaluating Women in Tech

Recently, a friend of mine sent me a link to a Women in Tech event and asked me if I wanted to attend it. A look at the agenda and the speakers lined up got me thinking of what we consider women in tech to be . As a resident of the Silicon Valley where there’s a tech company every few blocks, I know that the perception an outsider has is that everyone who works here is “technical”.  But for someone who works in this industry I know that isn’t the case. Read More »