How to look cool with cool Spectacles

Back in 2011, I wrote this: The World is Round. It was not only badly written obit for Steve Jobs but also very vague. Not that I have improved a great deal since then but I will go ahead and write another post about glasses.

I have been wearing Glasses or Spectacles since 2001 as I suffer from myopia. Most others also suffer from this and they don’t know it but I mean that figuratively. I will digress if I go in that direction more. Coming back, my story of how they came into my life is kind of weird.

Around that time, a Hindi Movie Kaho Na Pyaar Hai had released. That movie had Hrithik Roshan donning spectacles and probably for the first time a protagonist who could be said good looking, looked good with the glasses. Till then, rarely any Hero used to wear glasses. He somehow made wearing specs look cool and not come off as a nerd. So when I complained that I might need glasses, it was more so because of trying a new look for myself, instead of actual vision issues. Vision and Mission are to be ignored. Not the best image of course #teamKangana

So, funnily, when I got my eyes checked, I got +0.25 as the number, or whatever the terminology is, for both the eyes. That’s hyperopia actually! The ophthalmologist said that I can skip using glasses and if I eat healthy, leafy and green veggies, soon my eyes would be 6/6 again. But I had to look good. I went to the Optician and got myself a pair.

After a few months, when I got frustrated of wearing them and I had no hopes of looking like Hrithik, I went to get eyes checked again to see if I actually need them. That time, I was told that my eyesight actually requires something in the order of -0.50! <pause of comedy music>

Since then, I have to wear glasses while driving, watching TV/Computer and in general. Now the number has further increased and I have to wear them most of the times. I should have eaten those healthy, leafy and green veggies more. After wearing them for more than 15-16 years, I thought that I had become sophisticated enough to switch to contact lenses now. Also, because, somehow I still feel that my face is incompatible with wearing glasses but living with what you are most uncomfortable with is what makes the character, they say. They only make me look more sophisticated which is kind of redundant.

After trying the contact lenses for a day and putting them on and off a couple of times and failing miserably, I gave up. I have no patience to spend 1000 minutes in putting them on and taking them off every single day. People do it but they might have long-term plans about their lives. Not me!

I shifted back to good old spectacles and I am satisfied with my looks with them because I stopped caring about it early in 2001 itself.

But, the point of the post is none of the above. Sorry for wasting your precious time. Rather, I have to share 2 new kinds of glasses which are on the market watch nowadays.

Sunglasses by Snapchat

Snapchat made these sunglasses which have a camera inbuilt. You can make stories for your Snapchat, if you have an account, still. Or act like a funky futuristic but old James Bond from 1950s.


The above is an epitome of redundancy.


Now, this is something Matrix-y. This company makes glasses which are so easy to wear that you will even forget that you have them on. Since I have failed with the contact lens, the next thing I want to fail with could be these. Check out their video on the link above.

Google Glasses

Hehe, no nothing to see here. This also failed to take off like Google+.

That’s all folks. If you try the above innovations, kindly let me know your review so that I see if I look any better with them. Nobody has called me chashmish yet as I still don’t wear glasses all the time but some might have thought of saying.

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Photo by mari lezhava on Unsplash

Books I read in 2017

I am not an avid reader of books. I read a lot of articles, blogs, and ‘Terms & Conditions’ thoroughly on websites before clicking ‘I agree’. Alright, not the last one but I have not been a book reader types person in the past, even if I look like one. If you count articles and blogs maybe I do do a lot of reading and if you add all those articles up, they might constitute 2-3 books or so. But not proper books. I mostly end up reading 5-6 books a year, at max. This had been going on for a long time.

In case you are not aware, on the site, there are Reading Challenges every year. People enter a number of books they wish to read that year. When you are done reading a book, you can mark that book as read. That’s a good way to check your progress from time to time.

Sometime in late 2015, I bought a Kindle. That helped a lot in increasing my book reading ability so I read 8 books in 2016. At the start of 2017, I aimed to read one book per month i.e. 12 Books per year. For actual book nerds, this might be a number they could be reading per month. But I am a normal person (some of us work also) so I thought one per month is a good number.

I would like to apologize by saying that I failed. 2017 ended but I could read only 10 books in 2017. Yes! That’s how life is, sadly. But I am very proud to say that most books I read this year had a profound impact on me. It was about quality and not quantity. These books not only reduced my social media time but also helped me become a better person. I also found my liking to non-fiction genre which I didn’t delve into much earlier. So, long story short, I am sharing the list of the books I read in 2017. The books which are bold are the ones I recommend. You can try reading them. No harm. As far as I know.

This is not your story by Savi Sharma

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Secret of Leadership by Prakash Iyer

Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie

Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath

The Martian by Andy Weir

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris

Krishna’s Secret by Devdutt Pattanaik

Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi

Faster than Normal by Peter Shankman

Some of these have been reviewed here and obviously, those are the ones I recommend.