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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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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A definition for pleasure and pain

I found the following gem in Pandit Usharbudh Arya’s Mantra & Meditation: The Lawbook of Manu (IV.60) states: All dependency on other than one’s self is pain, Whatever is controlled by one’s self is pleasure; Know this to be, briefly, the definition of pain and pleasure.

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Shoshee Chunder Dutt on Patriotism

The mountain torrent rushing down Can ne’er its course retrace, And souls that speed on glory’s path Must ever onward press: Aye, onward press — to bleed and die, Triumphant still in death: Imposter, hence! in other lands Go draw thy coward breath.

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Swami Vivekananda on entrepreneurship and focus

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. Ok. So Swami Vivekananda wasn’t thinking …

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My experiments with calligraphy

This is the first blog post I wrote (I mean hand wrote) with my new Lamy fountain pen. Considering that the paper and pen are a dying breed (a question of when, not if), what made me go to the William Penn (The World Pen store) in Koramangala and walk out with a charcoal black Lamy fountain …

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Natural Remedy for Late Stage Dengue – Raw Papaya Juice?

For the last 3-4 months, I’ve been reading about the many cases of dengue-related deaths in Bangalore. A colleague’s (S) daughter was also diagnosed with dengue – fortunately it turned out not to be critical and she survived. S was lamenting that dengue is a much more serious disease than Swine flu yet it receives …

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