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Friend List Name Statistics

Back in 2015, I did some basic analysis on the names of the people in my FB friend list. With the help of some app that lets you export Facebook contacts, I got a hold of all the names and then most common names, last names and so on. I was reminded of it recently, and felt […]

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Republic Day Parade, Live: My Experience

Republic Day Air Show

It is a bit like the craze people have about watching a cricket match from the stadium. There are no action replays, no wide-angle shots, no bird’s eye views, no on-screen statistics, and most even don’t get to see, from close, the players they revere. But there is that feeling of being there, right at the […]

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Why your college-going kids don’t open up to you

This answer was originally posted on Quora. The question was: I think my college-going son is being very selective in what he chooses to share with me. What should I do? I only come to know of certain things AFTER they happen, and that too if they are happy news – news I can only […]

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A parent’s guide to understanding their kids’ salaries

Click here to access a PDF version of the Hindi text. Hindi Version (English version follows) पिछले कुछ दिनों से आप अख़बारों में और टीवी पर IIT के छात्र-छात्राओं को मिली नौकरियाँ और उनकी तनख्वाह  के बारे में काफी पढ़-सुन रहे होंगे. 1 करोड़, 1.5 करोड़ जैसे आंकड़े सुन कर आपके ज़हन में भी यही […]

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How is it respect anyway?

Another Bollywood family has come in the media for wrong reasons (or right ones, if you are the blinkered, chest-thumpingly patriotic kind). Puneet Issar’s wife Deepali Issar whacked a guy in the theater for allegedly disrespecting the national anthem. In the dialogue, as reported by the ToI, I was particularly amused by the line “Don’t lie. […]

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Let’s get rid of the misogyny, shall we?

It’s introspection time on both sides of the globe. While America’s talking (once again) about gun control laws in light of the recent massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, India has turned its dial of outrage to the Women’s Safety setting since the last 3 days. In the last few months, I have had quite a […]

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To Freshies

Originally, this post was supposed to be a retrospective post about college. I took those elements and condensed them into a few things that I’d want to say to the new batch at IIT. Of course, there’s nothing batch-specific about this post, so I invite everyone to read and comment. These points are not necessarily the most […]

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The critical mass of goodness

The country was galvanized last year by the whole Jan Lokpal Movement, and a lot was said for and against the movement, its leaders and cheerleaders, and the thousands of Indians who poured into the streets in the largest display of public outrage in recent times. While we are all fashionably outraged at the way […]

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If you think it’s disgusting, too bad for you.

Harish showed me an interesting article. It talks about 10 food items from around the world which are considered delicacies in their respective areas, but which would be perceived as highly disgusting by people from almost everywhere else, even the most battle-hardened non-vegetarians. In that list are things like maggot-infested cheese and bat-paste, enough to […]

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Stupid analogies are like stupid analogies

I have always had a love-hate relation with analogies, though it has mostly veered towards hate. I agree that they can occasionally be illuminating and can make difficult concepts more palatable, but I have often considered them evil and felt that they do more harm than good. Usually, they over-simplify a concept to “dumb it down”, so to […]

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