Monthly Archives: January 2011

Khalil Gibran on Children

And a woman who held a baby against her bosom said, “Speak to us of Children.” And he said: “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. Continue reading

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Quality of pure metals

Blacksmiths of ancient times never had the microscopic or technical tools to analyze the micro-structure of metals. All they could do is ensure quality only at the physical level. It is no secret now, that Indians used many more types of Irons than what modern metallurgists of today. Same was the case of most other metals. Continue reading

Orkut vs. Facebook

It was only 5 years back when Orkut was the primary mode of being connected with old and new friends, at-least for us Indians. It was Orkut that introduced Indians to the idea of social networking. The terms ‘orkutting’, ‘scrapping’, ‘testimonial likh na’, ‘fan ban ja’ were a part of daily jargon for Indian youth. Then, suddenly someone else stole Orkut’s thunder. Continue reading

Lowering the minimum age for voting

I recently read that the minimum age for voting in India was 21. It was only in 1988, when we amended our constitution to lower the Voting Age from 21 to 18. Since then, I’ve been wondering. Is there a link between the minimum age of voting and its impact on political standards? Continue reading

On Sabarimala tragedy

For the second time in the past year, a stampede has killed people recklessly. On the night of January 14, the climactic day of the Sabarimala pilgrimage season, a stampede has cost over 100 lives besides leaving many injured. Continue reading

How green is the mile?

The greatest charm of the Bangalore city is the fact that it is the garden city of India. While cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata cannot survive a day without CNG, Bangalore still has gushes of fresh air to offer. The roads of Bangalore have a cool breezy feel due to the trees around the sidewalk. Unfortunately Bangalore is loosing this charm. Continue reading

No reason to be on cloud 9

“The computer industry is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion industry” -Richard Stallman (founder of the GNU project and the Free Software Foundation).

I really don’t understand the hype behind cloud computing. Isn’t cloud computing simply a trap aimed at forcing more people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that would cost them more and more over time? Continue reading