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Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen (Book Review 012)

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Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen is a good effort in collating the various pieces of history regarding the ranch (most of which is still classified). Note that I had read this book via the kindle app on my ipad. I had learnt about Area 51 from a couple of Discovery Channel shows that create a lot of viewer interest and awe regarding the activities that are believed to be ...

The Gods Themselves by Issac Asimov (Book Review 011)

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The Gods Themselves is a very popular novel by the great science fiction writer Issac Asimov. If you are an Asimov fan, chances are that you might have already read it. This novel was regarded by Asimov as one of his favourite works. It is one of the very few works of Asimov that contain vivid description of an intelligent alien life. I managed to read the book on ...

Karna’s Curse -The one I didn’t know about

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Well I didn't know about this one. A very impressive story. (source: Wikipedia) Andhra folklore states that once Karna while riding his chariot in his kingdom of Anga, encountered a child who was crying over her pot of spilt ghee. On asking her the reason for her dismay, she stated that she feared her step mother who would be angry over her carelessness. Being generous enough Karna told her that ...

yada yada

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Yea I want to put down these great lines from a great epic here in my diary today. Without these lines this diary would have remained incomplete because there exists no parallel to these lines. No one in this mortal world can say these lines for sure. BTW am I turning religious or something? Consequent posts related to mythology put me in doubt as well. But on a careful ...

Thirst for knowing our past

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Since class 8th when I first learnt about our ancient history in our ICSE text books, I have always wanted to learn about the complete history of India. We (with reference to the Hindu religious scriptures) have a very long and elaborately recorded "history" here in India, which, though broken (seems to have lost) at many vital places, provides a great story (in journalistic sense of the word) ...

Interesting Quotations from Media

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I had a couple of notes in my phone that I noted while reading newspapers over the last few months. There isn't any context to them and I have noted them out of random articles that I have been reading. Thought I shall put them here: - "But all over the factory there developed a myth of the Japanese manager. The one who is groomed in the fires of ...

The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill – A Raw Deal for Indians

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Those of you who follow the political news keenly must have read about the tabling of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill (will call it the Nuclear Liability Bill or NLB from now on). For the uninitiated, here are some key points from the NLB which are the crux of the issue: Indian government indirectly takes the onus of compensation in case of a mishap and this compensation will ...

“A Ballad of Sir Pertab Singh” by Sir Henry Newbolt

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This particular posy is a lengthy one. And it has been pretty difficult for me to take time out of my busy schedule to make this post. However, I have done so only because this piece of poetry also happens to be one of my favourites from the school days. About the Poet (Source) Henry John Newbolt was born in Bilston, Wolverhampton (then located in Staffordshire, but now in the ...

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (Book Review 010)

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ISBN: 9780316010665 Tagline: The Power of Thinking without Thinking Malcolm Gladwell covered business, science and medicine for the Washington Post before becoming the New York City bureau chief. Currently he is a staff writer for the New Yorker Blink is an unconventional book on an unconventional topic and is extremely engrossing. The writing style of the author and the choice of the stories/examples used by the author ensures that the reader ...

Knowing the Indian Maoist Rebels

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We all have seen scenes of kids using guns and rocket launchers in Afghanistan during extensive media coverage of America's war on terrorism. But we actually do not need to go so far to learn about how the youth is being maligned by indoctrination as well as poverty and neglect. For 42 year maoist rebels have fought the Indian Government using guerrilla warfare. This fight has been waged for ...

Fighting the Naxal Problem using Guerrilla Warfare: Article Recommendation

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India as a country faces tremendous challenge in maintaining its integrity due to widespread naxalite/militant problem within the country. This issue threatens to rip through the fabric of its democracy and could potentially lead to disintegration of the country if not handled properly. This problem is allegedly being exploited by certain foreign powers to create havoc and destruction in the country such that it finally fractures. This should ...

Sino-India Relations: Article Recommendation

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Hi all. Its been a while sice I posted some thing on my blog. Hvae been very busy and will update you all about it. Just wanted to share this link of an article I managed to read while going to office today. Its one of the better articles I have read in recent times about the current geo-political situation and the position of India with reference to ...

Nouriel Roubini and his suggestions for handling the global financial crisis

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Many of your might have started following the news in US and European countries keenly after the sub-prime mortgage crisis evolved into a credit crunch and later into a global financial crisis. For those who didn't know Nouriel Roubini, I strongly recommend that you read up about him and what has shot him to fame during these troubled times. He is amongst the few economists who had foreseen this ...

Cherry Blossom

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A perfect blossom is a rare thing Sakura in Tokyo from James T. Kirk on Vimeo.

Another Random Thought

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Some thing that came into my mind for the first time after the terrorists attacks in Bangalore IISC in 2005. It came to my mind again and again after every terrorist attack. And after the Mumbai terror attacks I think I was able to complete this picture. I don't know if this is right or wrong? I was too busy completing the picture in my mind. May be you ...