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The Bombay Seduction

Two centuries ago, Mumbai (Bombay) was a small fishing village consisting of seven islands. Its natural harbour held an opportunity for investors, who realized that it could become an important trading center. The British era saw the creation of a bustling seaport that was used as a gateway to transport natural resources to Great Britain, …

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Why are we moving back to India now?

This is the first question our friends and acquaintances ask when they learn about our India plans. The first part of the¬†answer lies in understanding why we immigrated to America¬†in the first place. The next lies in understanding the¬†Kurugantis’ position¬†on the¬†two types of Indian immigrants. Poonam and I were always in the should-we camp. Barring …

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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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16 years later…

16 years? Well – to be more precise 15 years, 9 months & 5 days since I came to America from India. Chasing the American Dream I came.. first to the University of Houston to pursue an MS in Computer Science. Two quick years later, fate played a role in whisking me off to Chicago …

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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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