Quick Review: Alex Von Tunzelmann’s Indian Summer – The Secret History of the End of an Empire

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In the beginning, there were two nations. One was a vast, mighty and magnificent empire, brilliantly organized and culturally unified, which dominated a massive swathe of the earth. The other was an undeveloped, semi-feudal realm, riven by religious factionalism and barely able to feed its illiterate, diseased and stinking masses. The first nation was India. […]

Adhyatma Chintane – Issue #15: The Meaning of the Word “Janardhana”

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Today we will learn the meaning of the word “Janardhana.” “Na Jayathe Ardhayathi Cha Samsaram ithi janardhana,” meaning, one who is birthless (Na Jayathe) and who redeems the suffering of his Bhakthas (Ardhayathi Cha Samsaram). Here the sufferings refer to “Samsara.” Since he does both he is called “Janardhana.” Feel free to offer your suggestion […]

Adhyatma Chintane – Issue #14: The Meaning Of The Word “Purushottama”

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Namaskara, Today we will learn the meaning of the word “puruShottama.” This is actually another name for Lord naaraayaNa. In the Bhagavad Gita, kRishNa paramatma says “dwavimou puruShou loke, xara axara eva cha,” meaning, there are two types of people (jiivas) xara (whose bodies are destroyed during praLaya) and axara (whose bodies are not destroyed […]

Tweets on 2007-07-05

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Airtel is really nuts. No one’s told them that it’s a really good idea to test a feature before rolling it out. The latest SMS from Airtel read: “Your Airtel mobile info at ur fingertips! To know the outstanding dial *121*11# & for approx unbilled usage dial *121*12#. This info will appear on your mbl […]

Tweets on 2007-07-04

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Airtel is nuts too. Their portal http://www.airtelworld.com/ is a classic example of how not to integrate two IT systems. Enter your username and password on the main page and voila, a new page pops-up asking you, yet again, for your username and password. If you’re patient enough to go behind the scenes, you’ll probably find […]

Tweets on 2007-07-02

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A terrible way to begin the week – had an accident that involved a 3-car 1-bike sandwich on Airport Road. None of us were at fault. It’s one of those accidents that just happen. My car’s bonnet and front & rear bumpers are non-existent. Damn! A cop came along and asked a simple question: “Do […]