Don’t let your friends fly with Afrin

[Jan 7, 2015 update: seven years after I wrote this post, a helpful commenter informs us that the technique described below is called the Valsalva Maneuver. Bwana impressed!] Disclaimer: Even though I no longer live in the litigious jurisdiction of America, I feel it necessary to mention that I have nothing against Afrin (the nasal drops product) …

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Why I’m proud to be a Hindu

Someday (way in the future) I wanted to write this post. The thoughts were clear in the head but there were several more interesting posts queued ahead in my WordPress Drafts folder. During my last business trip, I finally started reading Shashi Tharoor’s India – From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond. When I read …

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A blogger’s lament

One of the challenges I face at the beginning of many new posts is the realization that a prequel needs to be written first. I would argue with and convince myself “but there’s this background I need to provide..” The background becomes the first paragraph and before I know it, it becomes chunky enough to …

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And I thought I knew Koramangala Roads…

For someone who’s done a lot of running (and walking) on Koramangala roads in the past 2 years, I was surprised to discover these patterns on the stretch of road right opposite Raheja Residency. The ‘what is it’ mystery was solved quickly enough — Koramangala’s tall majestic trees shed seed shells that are similar in appearance …

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Ode to Humpty Dumpty

My 13-year old niece in Cupertino, California wrote this ode for an English assignment. As you can see, it is heavily influenced by King Arthur era English (which I absolutely love). She sadly doesn’t have a Facebook account yet (despite lobbying from her uncle) so I promised to post this on my blog (after getting …

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Why the urge to blog *now* ?

The itch to blog has been there for several years. But I’m more of a generalist than a specialist. I believe it’s much easier for specialists to blog regularly than generalists. Audiences are interested in  reading and subscribing to blogs that have a certain theme, focus, and some level of predictability. The operative word is …

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Etymology of ulaar

Back in my undergraduate alma mater (Birla Institute of Technology Ranchi, India), the ulaar moniker referred to students who were gentlemen of leisure, or in other words, displayed very little interest in scholarly pursuits. So how did these characters spend their time (you may ask)? A great majority of them indulged in inebriation, smoking and …

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A Time to Qik

I’ve always been an early adopter of technologies. Shortly after I moved to the Bay Area in ’98, I bought the 1st generation Palm Pilot 5000 – absolutely loved it & evangelized the hell out of it (not that many of my Bay Area friends & acquaintances needed persuasion). When I joined Online Anywhere in …

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