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)
Politically, I am socially liberal but fiscally conservative. I believe that a small government is optimal, shaped largely by the fact that over the last 30 years liberalization in India and China have brought about the largest poverty alleviation recorded in human history. This article sums it up well-
But I have changed my mind before :)
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/
Blogs I like to read- Slate Star Codex, Less Wrong, A Measure of Doubt, Overcoming bias.
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, Westworld, 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.