What a laptop outage can teach us about life

When I turned my back on a corporate career and embarked upon a protracted stint as a full-time blogger, I knew I had to make some adjustments. I was mentally prepared for the 12-18 months of cash flow impact but that was only the first adjustment. I reached into my inner ‘Indian middle class’ roots …

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What progress, oh human being?

I found another gem from Pandit Usharbudh Arya’s Mantra & Meditation: When you create a spaceship, the metal and machinery converted into the spaceship has made progress through the touch of human intelligence. When you can flash a light on or off, the light has made progress through the touch of your ingenuity. But what …

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Attracting diaspora to address India’s higher education faculty gap

[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on my other blog (TechSangam) – republishing here since it’s clearly relevant to the Return to India meme. Earlier this year, academic collaborators from Rutgers University, Penn State University and Tata Institute of Social Sciences published an insightful study that quantified the severe gap in higher education faculty …

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Bangalore’s Population Trends – 1871 to 2001

As I browsed through the 107-page Invisible City-Makers research report, came across this gem from JNNURM BSUP CDP (key for these acronyms below the table). If you were wondering about the Bangalore population in the 2011 census, provisional results released by Directorate of Census Operations in Karnataka peg it at a whopping 9,588,910! JNNURM -> …

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Verghese Kurien On a Roll

I’m reading Verghese Kurian’s autobiography I too had a dream – an authentic account of his life’s work, as told to Gauri Salvi. The following excerpt from the chapter On a Roll might persuade you to go buy the book. There is nothing wrong in building flyovers in Delhi. What is not fair is when …

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Who is Corrupt? Essay by Sourabh Thakur

[Editor’s Note: This post was making the rounds on Facebook during the frenzied days of the Anna Hazare movement. Other folks had made this point but nobody had nailed it as well as Sourabh did. Reproduced here with his permission. A very interesting comment thread also ensued after I shared this post on Facebook – …

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