Monthly Archives: February 2010

Speak about issues, not individuals!

I was reading my teacher’s blog the other day and was overwhelmed to know that he believes in a principle to the core- “Do not talk about individuals, talk about issues”. I’ve seen him implementing this. On this context, let me address the current Indian media. Everytime when I tackle such issues, I borrow heavily from P Sainath sir, my favorite journalist. It’s long since our country’s media has taken up actual “issues” and done justice with them- price rise, farm crisis and rural injustice being the worst reported till date. Continue reading

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Analyzing the budget

Every year, during this time, when the union budget is announced, there is a lot halla over it. Is the budget good? Will it help the common man? Will it be good for the industries, and the IT sector? Many economists believe that the best way to evaluate the budget is understanding behaviour of the stock market. Continue reading

All is not well

It is preposterous to see the long queues outside schools. These fine men and women are here for their kids admission into pre-primary sections. This school will demand lakhs of donation, and these parents will readily pay it! Some schools even demand minimum qualification of parents for admitting their wards. On what basis are they authorized to do so? If parent’s qualification affects a child’s education, then what are these schools here for? And bade bhaiyyas never stops them. Continue reading

Resource, softwares and poems

I’ve always tried to write about my work in Sankalp and have failed numerous times. A recent lecture by my teacher gave me new directions and finally drove me into writing about resource management. I’ll write about three aspects of my life that fascinate me the most- Sankalp, Software Development and Poetry. A deep analysis of these made me realize that all these three are no different. They are one and the same. Continue reading

Alternative ending of Sholay

Throughout my childhood, I was fascinated with the different ways film villains died in movies, may it be the electrocution of Mogambo or the roaring end of Shakaal in Shaan. The more brutal the villain is, the more glorified the hero becomes after putting an end to his deeds. My teacher recently wrote a fascinating post on how tracing these villains can reconstruct most of the popular culture of our country. Continue reading

Deploy IT and eliminate middlemen!

In a recent lecture, my teacher rightly said- “The job of Information Technology is to eliminate the middle-man and if implemented in governance, we will have tremendous growth!” Let me elaborate. IT eliminates the middleman by supporting a process and hence automating it. May it be ATMs or eBay, or the Wikipedia- IT serves as a link between the user and the resources. Continue reading

Kavi running the oscar race

As usual this year’s Oscar nominations have come up with the usual expectations with a few pleasant surprises. An interesting entry to the best short film category is Kavi. It’s a short film made on slavery in India by Greg Helvey, a student at the University of Southern California. Continue reading