Mumbai Submerged!

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Mumbai was hit with almost 995 mm of rainfall over a period of 24 hours. The airport, the railway station, and the roads were innundated. The Western Express Highway was jammed for kilometers. School children and office goers had to spend the night onsite. Amazingly some minister blamed the rain and not Mumbai’s infrastructure for […]

Extremities

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Warning: The following post may not be suitable to viewers of all ages. I received this picture today in an e-mail. Doubting it’s truth I did a quick search on the web. Looks like it’s real. http://www.pulitzer.org/cyear/1994w.html FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY Kevin Carter, a free-lance photographer, for a picture first published in The New York Times of […]

Tour De Lance!

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Overall classification: Lance Armstrong (US/Discovery) 82h 34min 05sec Ivan Basso (Ita/CSC) at 4:40 Jan Ullrich (Ger/T-Mobile) at 6:21 Francisco Mancebo (Spa/Balears) at 9:59 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz/T-Mobile) at 11:01 Levi Leipheimer (US/Gerolsteiner) at 11:21 Mickael Rasmussen (Den/Rabobank) at 11:33 Cadel Evans (Aus/Lotto) at 11:55 Floyd Landis (US/Phonak) at 12:44 Oscar Pereiro (Spa/Phonak) at 16:04 Source: BBC […]

Scientific American India

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Scientific American has recently launched the Indian edition of their popular magazine. Subscribe for a free trial issue at the website. Newstand price: INR 100/- per issue 1-year subscription: 12 issues at INR 80/- per issue 2-year subscription: 24 issues at INR 75/- per issue 3-year subscription: 36 issues at INR 65/- per issue + […]

On Hotel Chalukya

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Goutham, having worked right through the weekend, was someone who you could not reason with on Monday. At 12:00 he forced me to drink coffee at Hotel Arasu (off Cunningham Road). At 13:30 he once again wanted to have South Indian meals (the Karnataka variety) at a decent place. Left with no choice I accompanied […]

Personal Loans & Indians

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“Experience the Joy of Living your Dreams! with Personal Loans from ABN-AMRO Bank” screams a pamphlet being handed out in front of my office. It goes on to say: “Personal Loans from ABN AMRO bank. A personalized touch for your every need. A top-of-the-line home theatre system, A personal computer for your family, A vacation […]

On Hotel Athithya

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There we were, myself and Goutham, trying to figure out where to head for lunch. Goutham said he had this sudden urge to eat South Indian meals. This only meant one place: Bheema’s on Church Street. It was not to be our day since the air-conditioned room was fully occupied. The only remaining table (in […]

Yakeen

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Hindi movie, gripping plot, decent songs, a fully-clothed actress, an actress whose role is meaningful and does not involve shedding clothes/exposing cleavage every second are phrases one would normally not use to describe a Bollywood made movie. Yakeen, featuring the yummy Priyanka Chopra, is an exception to the above rule. A great plot that keeps […]

Software Maintenance

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Software maintenance is a tedious task. This is particularly true when the maintenance job has passed through a steady stream of hands; each pair of hands adding new features as the product evolves. When the time comes for you to fix a bug related to an old enhancement, you could end up discovering (after painful […]

The Vehicular Signs Project

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In India, vehicle owners have a weird habit of painting weirder messages on the back of the vehicle. The “Vehicular Signs Project” is dedicated to bringing these out-of-the-world messages into this world and where possible with photographic evidence. Thanks to Goutham S. Mohan, my colleague, the brains behind this project and spotter for the first […]