I grew up in the Middle East. Qatar to be precise. Been living in India for the last 9 years. Currently working as a techie for a large multinational in Bangalore.
According to Myers-Briggs I am an INTJ ( I am not sure how seriously to take a test based categorisation of personality, but if it serves as a data-point to someone reading this then so be it)
I have been told that I'm pretty good at chess and poker. I know i enjoy them.
Song of Ice And Fire Series-George R R Martin
The Mahabharata- Ramesh Menon
The Reader- Bernhard Schlink
Zen and the Art of motorcycle maintenance-Robert Pirsig
Saturday- Ian McEwan
A case of exploding mangoes- Mohammed Hanif
To kill a mockingbird- Harper Lee
Maus- Art Spiegelman
INFLUENCE: The Psychology of Persuasion- Robert Cialdini
City of Djinns- William Dalrymple
SEX AT DAWN:The prehistoric origins of modern sexuality- Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha
Stumbling on Happiness- Dan Gilbert
The Argumentative Indian- Amartya Sen
A Citizen's guide to the world economy-Thomas Sowell
The Code Book-Simon Singh
The Big bang-Simon Singh
Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman- Richard Feynman
The Red Plenty- Francis Spufford
And I'm going to throw in a fan-fiction here, namely Harry Potter and The Methods of Rationality, the characters are way cooler than those Rowling created (And Ron doesn't exist :D); Tell me if you think otherwise after reading it : http://hpmor.com/
Movies in English-
Shawshank, Schindler's List, Scent Of A Woman, As Good As It Gets, American History X, Pulp fiction, Inglorious Basterds, Eternal sunshine of a spotless mind, Lincoln, Requiem for a dream, Annie Hall
Oslo August 31, Mephisto, Der Untergang, Das Leben Der Anderen , Pan's Labyrinth, Auf der anderen Seite, Life is beautiful
Gangs of Wasseypur 2, Aligarh, Ship of Theseus, The Lunchbox, Dedh Ishqiya2 (This last one I like as a mindless fun movie with some beautiful urdu poetry and the fact that it pays tribute to a homo-erotic novel called 'lihaaf' written in the 1940s which was then deemed obscene by the courts)
But I really do wish as a country we made better movies, especially given the rich Indian literary heritage.
Shows- Black Mirror, Boston Legal, The Wire, first three seasons of HOUSE, Yes Prime Minister, Coupling . Saw a lot of promise in true detective and breaking bad but did not like how the former ended and the latter i thought was a tad disappointing after the first season.
I think Elementary is a decent show.
Music, too many and too varied.
Food- Indian, Arab, Italian
You like going to the movies and plays.
You think openness and honesty are the most important things in a relationship.