Sunday, April 24, 2011

ISCA Notes in Evernote

People have been writing to me about availability of notes for the updated ISCA paper of CA Finals (ICAI). Now i have started working on the new notes as per the updated syllabus. Although i havent set a deadline to finish the notes, i can guarantee that it will take some time to complete. Meanwhile, if you are an Evernote user, you can check the progress by adding this shared notebook.
--Ranjith Jayadevan

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Two new sub-domains

It has been some time since I updated my site. I was and still am busy building another site for a special occasion. However, in all the commotion i managed to find enough time to shift two of my bogs to my domain from the default address at blogspot.

'Chronicles of Lonely traveler' moves in to the new address  and my Malayalam blog 'Swa:Le' is now at As always, blogger will redirect you to the new address if you enter the old blogspot URL. However, update your bookmarks etc so that it point to the new URL to avoid any problems in future :)

So thats it for now folks. c ya soon!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Change of Address

I had always thought that the web address of chronicles is a bit too long. But that the was the only one available in blogspot and so i had to settle with the longer URL. Since then i acquired my own domain and have been using it to host my Art blog and Site blog. Now i have decided to move Chronicles from the default blogspot domain to my custom domain. You can now read the chronicles at

The old address ( will redirect you to the new one automatically.

Happy reading!!

An Afternoon Stroll to College Street

The incidents narrated here were experienced during my third trip to Kolkata in the winter of 2010 and like the second trip back in the summer; this time also I had to spend more than a day in train to reach the land of Intellectuals. But the story is not about that train journey and how I managed to survive 24 plus hours among screaming children, gossiping sisters, watchful mothers, 'bridge' playing fathers and shouting grandmothers. Instead, this story is all about Books: yes, the small ones, large ones and the obscure ones.

It has always been my desire to go to the famous 'College Street' for an evening stroll ever since I came to know about its existence. But, unfortunately, I was unable to go there during my previous two trips. So third time I was determined to push myself into visiting the Library of Eden.

It was a typical Saturday morning. I woke up at 9 and after a quick bath and breakfast reached bank by 10. It was very difficult to stay awake till 2 in the afternoon after which I went to the nearby Madras Cafe and had a Masala Dosa for Lunch (Yes, you heard right.Masala Dosa for Lunch. Am a hard core Southie!!). After that not so heavy lunch I flagged off my Quest to find the Street for books. Using Google Maps to navigate myself through the many streets and alleyways of Kolkata, I continued my errand.

It is very hard to walk on Kolkata streets: Sidewalks are taken over by poor families, numerous tea shops, hawkers and sellers of all kinds of exotic goods. Sometimes you feel like you have passed through a time-warp: Ancient looking men pulling the Great Fat Indian Middle class in their old Rickshaws against the backdrop of almost in ruins Colonial era buildings. Trams, which are worthy enough to be display pieces in Cairo Museum, have to fight for space in these narrow streets already filled with yellow Ambassador Cabs,Rickshaws, cycles, motor cycles and people. I was right in the middle of this commotion that the babus call 'Life'.

It took me more than 20 minutes to complete by trek and reach College Street, perhaps the largest open book store in the world. Heaven for a book worm like me. The Street and alleyways are all filled with numerous small book stores selling all kinds of books: Law, Medical, Engineering, Commerce, Fiction , Poetry, Pirated versions, Originals, Seconds etc. and the best thing is that you can always find a bargain if you are willing to explore the streets (Of course your knowledge of Bengali will be most useful). It was great!!

10-15 shops and 1000 bucks later, I had in my possession, City of Joy' (as souvenir of my 3rd Trip), 'The Fountain Head', 'Atlas Shrugged', 'Cosmos' and 'Learning the Law' (as Gift to someone). Unfortunately my reading has not yet progressed, for now, after the first 200 or so pages of 'City of Joy'. I continued my exploration for some more time although I didn't buy anymore books after the first stint. Bengali girls are beautiful enough to distract even the hardcore bookworm and I am still a novice in the bookworm community :). Anyways thanks to them, I had enough money left in my pockets to enjoy another Dosa and Coffee from the old Madras Cafe at Chitharanjan Avenue.