The Argumentative Indian

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Publisher: Penguin Books Price: INR 650 Perusing Amartya Sen’s “The Argumentative Indian – Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity,” is a thoroughly enjoyable and enriching experience. It’s a collection of essays written by Amartya Sen over time. I bought this book purely out of curiosity. Prior to buying this book, I had never read […]

On Coffee

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“If you want to improve your understanding, drink coffee; it’s the intelligent beverage,” says a sign in Barista’s new outlet on Cunningham Road. Amen! There is nothing like a deep flavored cup of coffee to kick start your day. I have my first cup of this delicious liquid at 5 am. How about you?

Is there no hope?

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The mobile networks in Bangalore have indeed been busy from the past couple of days. The Bangalore City Traffic Police have turned to the cellular networks – as a desperate measure – mass SMSing people to stay away from Hosur Road. The messages received so far: On October 24, 2005: “Please avoid Hosur Road due […]

On The Monk Book

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I did it. I finally became one among the zillions out there, who has purchased Robin Sharma’s “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.” Read it from cover to cover in one sitting. Here is what I think: If you bought the book hoping to read about a monk who patronises Ferrari’s, then you are in […]

Today’s Free Time Reading

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The survival of Saddam How has Saddam Hussein survived so long and what explains his hold on the Iraqi people? Simple thoughts The blog of a HR Consultant. TODAY’s engineer IEEE-USA Today’s Engineer is a monthly webzine devoted to the issues affecting U.S. IEEE members’ careers, such as professionalism, management skills, engineering performance, engineering skills […]

Ground Pepper

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Today’s choice for lunch was a toss between Hotel Ramanas (on Cunningham Road) and Ground Pepper (on Infantry Road). At the junction of Ali Askar Road and Cunningham Road, Shruthi headed towards Ramanas and Goutham towards Ground Pepper, leaving me stranded. We ended up following Goutham, who happens to be a no nonsense guy, especially […]

An affair to remember

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From The Economist’s DUBAI briefing for October 2005: “A camel has been condemned to death after a worker was caught having sex with it in the remote emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. The man, a Bangladeshi driver, was sentenced to three months in jail for his dangerous liaisons. His employer reported him to the authorities […]

Mantraalaya: Parts II & III

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In and around Mantraalaya: Because of an early start, we managed to have a stress-free darshan at the temple. Members of the male gender are required to remove their shirts and vests before entering the inner portion of the temple – a practice that I have never been able to comprehend. Defies logic! How does […]

Mantraalaya: Part I

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From Bangalore to Mantraalaya: Mantraalaya is geographically located in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, about 425 km North-East of Bangalore. The route we (or rather the KSRTC bus) followed was: Bangalore –> Chickballapur –> Anantapura –> Gooty –> Adoni –> Mantraalaya. We had booked tickets on a KSRTC super-deluxe Mayura bus. The bus departed from the […]

Tech Tip

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Creating a self-extracting installation with IExpress: Windows 2000 and XP include a useful little tool that is almost unknown to most – it’s called “IExpress” and is easily accessible at Start -> Run -> “IExpress.” IExpress allows you to create a self-extracting Windows-style installation wizard. First, you will need to answer IExpress’s questions about the […]