Sunday, 31 December 2017

[BOOK 19] Getting Started with Ubuntu 16.04

Serial No.- 19
Getting Started with Ubuntu 16.04

Category:- Non-Fiction (9. Computer & Technology)

Book:- Getting Started with Ubuntu 16.04

Authors:- The Ubuntu Manual Team

Language:- English

Publisher:- CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Published on:- April 28, 2016

No. of Pages:- 141

My after reading opinion ( December 31, 2017):- I have been a Windows user since I am using computers. But recently I have decided to start using Linux OS. Because I was unaware of the power of an open source software like Linux.
But right now I came it touch of it, gather knowledge about Linux, learn a little bit and decided to switch to Linux user. Because if you have a little bit more technical knowledge and you are not using Linux as your PCs operating system that means you are just limiting yourself. You are limiting your true potential to command and to control your own computer.

It's okey if you are a beginner computer user and you are using Windows or Mac OS X instead of Linux OS. Or probably your purpose to use a computer is just your work specific and not computing oriented. May be you are using your computer to get your work done or just for fun, entertainment, gaming and some Internet browsing etc. Then it's okey to use Windows or Mac etc. 
But if you want your full control over your PC, than I recommend using Linux operating system. You are limiting yourself if you are not using Linux. Because other OS gives you a very limited and restricted options to control your one machines. And of course you need some technical knowledge and interest to play around with computing.

That's why I decided to become a Linux user. But which distro should I start?  
Few popular Linux deistros
There are lots of Linux distributors out there right now. It's easy to get confused for the first time. Linux distributors or distros are just like different flavours of Linux. Some popular Linux distros are Debian, Red hat, fedora, Ubuntu, LinuxMint, Arch, OpenSusi etc. Ubuntu is one of the user friendly distros which gets popularity in a very short period of time. It comes with both easy to use GUI and CLI interfaces. Great choice both for newbies and advanced Linux users. And most importantly Ubuntu has large software center and great technical support community.

So, I decided to download and install latest Ubuntu version 16.04 LTS according to the compatibility of my PC hardware (32bit). But hey, I am new here. So get the user manual of the exact versions "Getting Started with Ubuntu 16.04" and start reading.

After finishing this user guide, get confident to use Linux. This manual is very easy to understand, practical oriented and informative. Mostly GUI interfaces, which is good for beginners has been described and also covered the basic of CLI interfaces. Also I came to know about lots of keyboard shortcuts and other useful technical stuffs. The knowledge I get from this Ubuntu user manual, is going to help me in future.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

[Book 18] Mathematics Today 1

Serial No.- 18
Mathematics Today 1

Category:- Academic Study ( 0. Mathematics )

Book:- Mathematics Today 1

Authors:- O.P. Malhotra, S.K.Gupta, Anubhuti Gangal

Language:- English

Publisher:- S.Chand & Company Ltd.

Published on:- First Edition 1979, This copy is the revised edition 2014

No. of Pages:- 156

My after reading opinion ( December 30, 2017):- Previously I have reviewed preschool mathematics books for children. But this time I am going to review all primary school math books of the same school board (ICSE), same authors and same publishers. 
And I have started with this book named "Mathematics Today 1", which is written for ICSE class 1 school kids. Again the authors write generally great math book series for school education. They focus to make their books more interactive, easy and fun way to learn for school kids.
This standard 1 math book contains following topics -
  1. Arithmetic:-
    • Numbers 20 to 100 (With Place value concept 'ones' and 'tens')
    • Addition and Subtraction of 2 digit numbers (with the concepts of carry and borrow)
    • Skip counting as pre-multiplication concept
    • Multiplication as repeated addition concept
  2. Applications of Arithmetic:-
    • Money
    • Time
  3. Mensuration:-
    • Measurement
  4. Geometry:-
    • Shapes
  5. Statistics:-
    • Data Handling
  6. Patterns
Again not to mention, this book is full of colourful pictures, interactive diagrams, fun works, playing with numbers what children will find interesting during their academic sessions.
Overall this is a great and effective Primary school book.
Thank you.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

[Book 17] Jahangirer Swarnamudra - Comics Version

Serial No.- 17 
Jahangirer Swarnamudra - Comics Version

Category:- Fiction (Bengali Literature)

Book :- Jahangirer Swarnamudra (means "The Gold Coins of Jahangir") - Comics Version

Author:- Satyajit Ray (2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992)

Drawing:- Avijit Chattopadhyay

Language:- Bengali

Publisher:- Ananda Publishers, 45, Beniatola Ln, Kolkata - 700009

Published:- 1st published in January,2013. This book is a 3rd printed in May,2015.

No. of Pages:- 44

My after reading opinion (December 23, 2017):- Another book of this series for my nieces as a gift. Before that I have bought four other books for them. They have enjoyed them and love to read more of this Feluda comics series. So I have bought this one for them. Great book with great illustration. And I hope my nieces want more comics books like that in future.

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

[Book 16] Curriculum Primary Level (Classes I – V)

Serial No.- 16
Curriculum Primary Level

Category:- Non-Fiction (10. Education & Reference)

Book :- Curriculum Primary Level (Classes I – V), CISCE

Author:- Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations

Language:- English

Publisher:- Research, Development and Consultancy Division (RDCD), Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations

Published:- First Edition, November, 2016

No. of Pages:- 346

My after reading opinion (December 19, 2017):- This curriculum I have read before going farther to review primary school math books.
So, I shall get helpful ideas of learning those elementary level mathematics from those school kids point of view. This type of curriculum are also useful for teachers, parents of primary school kids and authors also.
Students, who are in the primary classes (I to V), are not with complete developed brain, unlike an adult person. So, their learning system also will be different from us. That's why we the authors, the teachers, the parents must understand children's school curriculum, syllabus, study materials from a kids point of view.
That is how we can improve the way we educate our kids, we can improve the teaching and learning methods. To do that we need to read this types of curriculum first.
My intention to read this curriculum was to understand the curriculum of Mathematics only. But along with mathematics, I learned other subject's curriculum too. So, I get a broad idea of primary school curriculum, such as, what we should include, what we shouldn't in their academic schedule etc.
It's an CISCE curriculum and they have included following subjects in their curriculum -
!st Language (Englist), 2nd Language (i.e. Hindi), Mathematics, Enviromental Studies (Class - I,II), Science (Class - III,IV,V), Social Studies (Class - III,IV,V), Computer Studies and Arts Education.
Here I am going to discuss only about the Mathematics section (Because this is what I was looking for). So, in primary school level CISCE curriculum Mathematics contents these following major themes -
1, Arithmetic (Numbers, Number Operations, Playing with Numbers, Negative Numbers)
2. Geometry
3. Mensuration (Measurement)
4. Statistics (Data Handling)
5. Patterns
And this is what I have got from the above geometry section, which is the most valuable contents in the entire curriculum for me -

"Dutch Mathematicians Dina van Heile- Geldof and Pierre Marie Heile clubbed the learning of geometry for a child in five stages:
Stage 0: Visualisation includes recognition and naming of shapes.
Stage 1: Analysis, includes describing the attributes of shapes.
Stage 2: Informal Deduction i.e. classifying and generalizing by attributes.
Stage 3: Deduction to develop proofs using axioms and definitions.
Stage 4: Rigor, generate proofs using various methods."

This is a very effective methods and this is how any children learn geometry in their early stages. I didn't know about this facts before. This is totally new information to me.

And not to mention but this situation is proving once again that no books, no contents are useless. Every books in the world have something worthy, valuable knowledge to give.


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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

[Book 15] Creative Writing: How to unlock your imagination, develop your writing skills - and get published

Serial No.- 15 
Creative Writing by Adele Ramet

Category:- Non-Fiction ( 1. Arts & Entertainment)

Book:- Creative Writing: How to unlock your imagination, develop your writing skills - and get published

Author:- Adele Ramet

Language:- English

Publisher:- How To Books Ltd; 7th edition (December 15, 2007)

Published:- First Published in 1997. This is the 7th edition (December 15, 2007).

No. of Pages:- 194

My after reading opinion (November 19, 2017):- This book is mainly designed for any kind of authors, fiction writer, professional writer to develop their writing ability. It will help any writer to improve their writing career.
In this book the author describes everything a fiction writer needs, to write down their imagination. Each chapters describes different useful topics separately such as case study before starting a story, how to create your characters of your story. Then setting the atmosphere of every plots to get the right scenes. How to throw dialogues to get a realistic feelings. And of course some useful steps such as use of showing what is happening in your novel, instead of telling everything word by word.

The author also has dedicated some chapters for a few popular genre - love story, hunting and thrilling novels, writing for children etc. And of course a chapter for non fiction. Lastly she gives some very useful and must for professional writers informations - how to prepare your final work and sent to the publishers to get your creation published.

Overall it's a must read book for authors.

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[Book 14] Sheyal Debota Rahasya - Comics Version

Serial No.- 14 
Sheyal Debota Rahasya - Comics Version

Category:- Fiction (Bengali Literature)

Book :- Sheyal Debota Rahasya (means "The Anubis Mystery") - Comics Version

Author:- Satyajit Ray (2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992)

Drawing:- Avijit Chattopadhyay

Language:- Bengali

Publisher:- Ananda Publishers, 45, Beniatola Ln, Kolkata - 700009

Published:- 2015

No. of Pages:- 39

My after reading opinion (November 04, 2017):- Another book of Feluda comics series I have bought for my nieces. I am buying these series for them frequently to introduce them with the fiction character Feluda, this astonishing creation of Satyajit Ray. Because, I believe without Feluda our Bengali teenagers are incomplete.
Alongside, it helping me to get back my childhood memories.
And this time again I bought two copy of this comics for my two nieces.

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Friday, 22 September 2017

[Book 13] Stretching Anatomy by Arnold G. Nelson, Jouko Kokkonen

Serial No.- 13 
Stretching Anatomy

Category:- Non-Fiction ( 4. Health & Fitness/ 11. Sports & Games )

Book:- Stretching Anatomy

Author:- Arnold G. Nelson (PhD), Jouko Kokkonen (PhD)

Written in:- English

Publisher:- Human Kinetics

Published:- First Edition November 16, 2006

No. of Pages:- 160

My after reading opinion (September 22, 2017):- Body flexibility is must for any athletes. It is essential for any fitness trainer, any ordinary person who want to fit. But unfortunately now a days people are focusing more on other exercises such as cardio exercise, weight training etc. and giving less importance to flexibility training. Though flexibility training like yoga, stretching, pilates etc. are as important as other exercises.

I am doing yoga since I was in middle school. And right now I am deciding to include another one (Stretching) into my workout schedule. Though I think yoga is the best way to increase body flexibility, but that doesn't mean others (Stretching, Pilates etc.) are not so effective. Instead those are very effective way to get great flexibility in a short period of time. Also it is good to do some varieties, instead of doing the same thing.

That's why I have read this awesome book on "Stretching". This book is great for anyone from beginners to advance trainer. And the best part is it gives in depth explanation of anatomy, physiology of our different body parts. It's clearly showing which body muscles will be effected for doing which exercise.

And last but not least the book is full of great colourful illustrations of anatomical body parts with major muscles names.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

[Book 12] Royal Bengal Rahashya - Comics Version

Serial No.- 12 
Royal Bengal Rahashya - Comics Version

Category:- Fiction (Bengali Literature)

Book :- Royal Bengal Rahashya (means "The Royal Bengal Mystery") - Comics Version

Author:- Satyajit Ray (2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992)

Drawing:- Avijit Chattopadhyay

Written in:- Bengali

Publisher:- Ananda Publishers, 45, Beniatola Ln, Kolkata - 700009

Published:- 1st published in January, 2012. This version is the 2nd edition and it was printed in July, 2016.

No. of Pages:- 80

My after reading opinion (September 19, 2017):- I have just bought another book of Feluda series (Comics Version) from Ananda Publisher's College Street Store. This time also bought two copy of the same book for my two nieces. They enjoyed the comics version of Feluda series very much. When I was kid there was no comics version of this series. I have read the original stories (text version) that time. Whatever comics version is great for children. They enjoy it very much. Also I enjoyed this story second time, same story different test (comics). It help me to recall my teenage memories once again.

Great book, nice pictures, good quality printing. Thanks to the publisher for publishing this series. Hope they will publish other stories of this detective series soon.

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

[Book 11] Mathematics Today 0

Serial No.- 11 
Mathematics Today 0

Category:- Academic Study ( 0. Mathematics )

Book:- Mathematics Today 0

Authors:- O.P. Malhotra, S.K.Gupta, Anubhuti Gangal

Written in:- English

Publisher:- S.Chand & Company Ltd.

Published on:- First Edition 2012

No. of Pages:- 122

My after reading opinion ( September 09, 2017):- I have already posted reviews about two preschool books Mathematics Today Book 0A and Mathematics Today Book 0B on my previous blog posts. This book is nothing new, but the combination of those two book. This book is mentioned as the book for all preschool classes.
Whatever, here what the book has been contained.
  • Pre Number Concepts
  • Numbers (0 and 1 to 100)
    • Read and Recognise
    • Write
    • Count and Back Counting
    • Order
    • Comparison (=,>,<)
    • Concepts of "Tens"
    • Number Making
    • Operations (+,-)
    • Ordinals
  • Pre Space Concepts
  • Shapes
  • Applications (Money, Time)
This book is full of useful diagrams, colourful illustrations, cartoons, rhymes, tables and chart which makes learning more fun, interesting and effective to any children.

Thanks :)

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

[Book 10] Mathematics Today Book 0-B

Serial No.- 10  
Mathematics Today Book 0-B

Category:- Academic Study ( 0. Mathematics )
Book :- Mathematics Today Book 0-B

Author:- O.P.Malhotra and S.K.Gupta

Written in:- English

Publisher:- S.Chand

Published:- First Edition 1979. This version is reprinted in 2017
No. of Pages:- 84

My after reading opinion (September 05, 2017):- I have already discussed about the first part of this book series on my previous blog post “Mathematics Today Book 0A”, which was for L.K.G students. This book named “Mathematics Today Book 0B” is little bit advanced as it is for Pre School Upper Kindergarten (U.K.G) students.
Here, what is covered in this book.
  • Pre-Number Concepts
    • Long and Short
    • More than, Less than 
  • Numbers (1 to 100)
    • Comparison (=,>,<)
    • Concept of Tens
    • Number Making
    • Order
    • Read and Write numbers
    • Counting and back counting
    • Filling the missing numbers
    • Increasing and decreasing
  • Before, After & Between
  • Operations (Between 0 to 10)
    • Addition (with 'Addition Table' up to 10)
    • Subtraction
  • Number Stories (on Addition and Subtraction)
  • Ordinals ( up to 5th)
  • Applications

    • Money
    • Time
  • Pre-Space Concepts

    • Inside-Outside
    • Right and left
  • Shapes

Saturday, 2 September 2017

[Book 9] High-Intensity Interval Training by Sean Bartram

Serial No.- 9 
High-Intensity Interval Training

Category:-Non-Fiction (4. Health & Fitness / 11. Sports & Games)

Book :- High-Intensity Interval Training

Author:- Sean Bartram

Written in:- English

Published by:- Penguin Random House LLC

Published on:- 2015

No. of Pages:- 243

My after reading opinion (September 02, 2017):- HIIT training is the key of all cardio exercise. I have done lots of steady state cardio exercise before such as - jogging, skipping, swimming, cycling etc. But I was unaware about this amazing cardio called HIIT or High-intensity interval training. This was totally new word to me. Anyhow, now I came in touch with this and I wanted to know more about HIIT exercise. So, I pick up this wonderful book named "High-Intensity Interval Training" by Sean Bartram and start reading.

So, What is HIIT or High-Intensity Interval Training?
According to Sean Bartram "High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, has exploded in recent years due to its promise of an efficient and effective way to meet fitness goals. Different trainers and instructors approach HIIT in different ways, but at its core, HIIT should always involve alternating short intervals of high intensity, all-out exercise with short intervals of rest or active recovery."
  1. HIIT is great both for quick fat loss and cardiovascular endurance as it burn fat fast also it makes your heart and lungs very strong.
  2. It's good both for professional athletes and also any person who wants to be fit, loose fat, look shaped and wants strong cardiovascular health.
  3. The most beautiful part of this exercise is you don't need to spend hours at the gym to achieve your desire goals. It takes relevantly less time than traditional steady state cardio exercise.
  4. You can start HIIT anywhere such as home or garden or any playground.
  5. You don't have to spend lots of money to purchase expensive gym equipments to do workout as HIIT requires almost no equipments.

Not only will you burn calories and fat during your HIIT workout, you will also burn calories and fat following your workout through the “after burn” effect, or EPOC (excess postexercise oxygen consumption). EPOC is the measurable increased rate of oxygen intake following strenuous activity intended to erase the body’s oxygen debt.
In order to erase the oxygen debt, fatty acids are released and used as fuel for recovery. You cannot take advantage of this after burn by doing low-intensity exercise. Only by working anaerobically at maximal heart rate will you see this added fat loss effect. EPOC has been shown to last over 48 hours.

And, this book describes everything very clearly with lot's of colourful pictures. The author included Dynamic Stretching as warm up, which is great. He divided HIIT routines into three different levels according to the difficulty level. Also, he categorized so many unique exercises into four groups, such as - cardio, upper body, core and lower body. After reading the book I came to know so many useful HIIT exercises, what I didn't know before and I wish to include HIIT in my workout schedule soon.

Thank you.