Around the recent gastroenteritis scare in Bangalore, NDTV was running a poll: Then, there was this whole one hour dedicated to hearing viewpoints from Veerappa Moily, Swathi Ramanathan and the general public regarding Bangalore's infrastructure. Okay, okay, I know most of you by now are saying "Oh, come on, don't you have anything else to … Continue reading Urban Development
My favorite memories of my Singapore trip is Day 9 (Dec 30 Sun). We went to Pulau Ubin island. What is the only activity on this island? Cycling. It was fun to see people of all ages, from families to large groups of teenagers to avid cyclists all here for the same reason. It reminded … Continue reading Pulau Ubin Island
Like a broken record, I keep coming back to What are the killer web applications for India? So, I decided to make a list. A list of websites that are useful for most people in India. But what kind of websites am I looking at? The website should be something useful enough to compel a … Continue reading Useful Websites for India
I've been provoked and I can't stop thinking about it. Incident 1. It all started on Day 2 of my Singapore trip (Dec 23 Sun) when a hotel owner was too friendly. Maybe he didn't have much work, but anyway, he got pretty chatty with us and was asking about how we like Singapore. All … Continue reading How to defend India?
On Day 7 (Dec 28, 2007) of the Singapore Trip, I visited the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. Esplanade can be compared to a jumbo-sized version of our own Rangashankara but on a much grander scale - while Rangashankara is a place where plays are produced and played (pun intended), Esplanade is a place … Continue reading Promenade in Esplanade
We need more articles like this one by Prof Dr Geetha Viswanathan (emphasis mine): Makara Sankranti, also called the harvest festival or Pongal, falls on January, 14 or 15, when the sun passes from one zodiac sign to another. This festival marks the beginning of Sun’s journey to northern hemisphere, called utharayana. Homes are cleaned, … Continue reading Sankranti Rituals
True story. On Day 7 of my Singapore trip (Dec 28, 2007), Chinmay and myself were at 'The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf' shop. The lady in front of us in the queue said this. When we heard this, both of us looked at each other, with the look that meant "Did I just hear … Continue reading How to recognize an American tourist?
On Day 5 of my Singapore trip (Dec 26 Wed), Abishek and myself visited the Greek Masterpieces from Louvre exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore. This was the largest collection ever to be allowed to be borrowed from the famous Louvre museum in Paris (which you might have heard of from 'The Da Vinci … Continue reading Ancient or Modern Society?
A while ago, I was asking myself Where are the killer applications on the web for India? Today, when I read ReadWriteWeb's article on The State of Innovation in India, a thought struck me about the relationship between innovation and universities. Everyone knows the story of about how many companies like Yahoo!, Google, Sun Microsystems … Continue reading Innovation in Indian universities?