Sagnik | The Trove

Music

I can play the tabla, an Indian classical percussion instrument.

  • My favourite genre is Indian classical music, especially instrumentals. I collect recordings whenever I come across them on the Internet, and have quite a sizeable collection by now. I particularly love Pt Kishan Maharaj’s lyrical and rhythmic tabla and Pt Nikhil Banerjee’s unique style of playing the sitar.

  • I also love fusion music from the Indian subcontinent, especially the creations of Coke Studio India and Pakistan. Among bands, listen to a lot of Strings and Indian Ocean, both of which I discovered recently and fell in love with immediately.

  • Some other bands I really like include classic rock and old metal bands like the Beatles, The Who, Metallica and Led Zeppelin, and modern ones like Coldplay, Imagine Dragons and Poets of the Fall. Adele is awesome too!

Books

I read a lot of books but they are from a specific collection of genres, like science fiction, popular science, historical fiction, thrillers and fantasy. Some of my favourites are

  • Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman for being a mind-blowingly awesome read and a rare look into the workings of a genius mind.

  • The Emperor of All Maladies for putting the reader in the forefront of the battle against cancer, and for painting a very personal portrait of all the great men and women who fought to understand and control the disease.

  • The Harry Potter series for being a great childhood friend and a beautiful world that still welcomes me back whenever I go back to it. It’s story, even though set in a fantasy world, is still about friendship and growing up, which makes me love it all the more.

  • Aparajito, which is on this list even though I never want to look at its face again after reading it once. Without spoiling anything, the main character only gives me hope that there is a way out of the darkest of places.

Other than those mentioned above, I also loved reading short stories by Ruskin Bond, O Henry and Saki, Bond for his beatifully simple but thought provoking stories about the common person, O Henry for his signature twist endings and Saki for his twist endings and unique story-telling style consisting of long and beautifully constructed sentences.

Webcomics

Since joining college I have become a fan of several webcomics. They are mostly popular ones like xkcd, SMBC, Abstruse Goose, Oatmeal, Zen Pencils, and Cyanide and Happiness.

In my random procrastination spells on the Internet, I have often discovered some cool places to hang out, and I will try and provide some non-exhaustive documentation of the same.

  • Wait But Why: I couldn’t find a better place to start. Long, insightful, extremely well researched posts that make you see the subjects from angles you might not have considered before. All accompanied by cool stick figures. I couldn’t recommend any one particular post, but do check them out.

  • Radio-Garden: Allows you to listen to radio stations from around the world. The only thing you require is a working Internet connection.

  • John Baez’s Stuff: Another really cool and awesome website maintained by Physicist-Mathematician John Baez. Some of the stuff he has written about on the linked articles is really really cool. Also worth checking out are his book recommendations for learning Physics and Mathematics.

  • The Chicago Undergraduate Mathematics Bibliography: One stop solution for finding reviews of learning material for undergraduate mathematics students.

  • The Chicago Undergraduate Physics Bibliography: Same as above, but for Physics instead of Mathematics.