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A weblog of Vivek's views, observations, book reviews and some brain fart :)


Varun Gandhi down down!

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The sad state of Indian politics is not something I like to rant about. But the recent incident of Varun Gandhi delivering a provocative, disgusting and  religiously polarizing speech has forced me to write this post. For the uninitiated, you might want to watch this video to see how politicians in India deliver speeches full of religious hatred to the masses in order to win votes and therefore the ...

The Perfect Omlette

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Ingredients: 1. Three egg whites 2. Salt 3. Chat Masala 4. Chili Flakes 5. 1.5 tablespoons of Extra Virgin, Refined Olive Oil 6. Painstakingly acquired skill :) Calories count: Roughly 140 cals An interesting video tutorial (ignore the sponsor message) on how to make a perfect omlette:

Hyderabad Metro Rail Project and the quagmire of scandalous politics

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Hi, I write this article after learning about the social costs and the dire ramifications of the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project which was awarded to the Maytas Metro Limited by the Government of Andhra Pradesh last year. After reading this article (by Mint's managing editor Niranjan Rajadhyaksha) and the link (an article by transport activist C. Ramachandriah) provided there, I have gained significant visibility about this whole project and why ...

“The Last Question” and why I am so intrigued by it

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Hi, Yesterday I wanted to read this amazing short story by Isaac Asimov that I had read long ago during my MBA course. I did not know the title of the story and only remembered that it ended with the following line: "Let there be light". So I googled "Let there be Light + Isaac Asimov" and stumbled upon this site (Recommend reading the story if you have time, ...

The Tag Heuer Aquaracer Caliber S Regatta

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My favourite purchase last year was my Tag Heuer Aquaracer Calibre S Regatta. I have been using this wonderful watch for a couple of months now and would like to cover its features in this post. While capable of complex chronograph functions, this watch is amazingly simple to use on a daily basis. The hour and chronograph functions are displayed by the central hands (hour, minute and second). With no ...

Issac Asimov’s Science Fiction Series – Suggested Reading Order

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While trying to keep alive, an effort to satiate my need for reading good science fiction, today I researched the internet to find an answer to a question: Which book should I pickup to start reading Issac Asimov's science fiction series, such that I extract the maximum benefit from the whole reading exercise? According to Asimov's note in the book Prelude to Foundation (a prequel to the original foundation trilogy), ...

Mumbai Terror Attacks – No Fate

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I write this article with a very heavy heart. The thought flow in this article might appear haphazard and the sentences might seem lengthy and verbose. My apologies to the readers, as penning emotions is not an easy task, even for seasoned bloggers (and I am just a beginner). From the last four day I have been following the incidents related to the Mumbai terrorist attacks on all kinds ...

Mumbai Terror Attacks – Necessary Info Collated

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Mumbai Terror Attack Stats (Courtesy The Indian) Total people killed: 183 Civilians (Indians): 141 Security forces: 20 Foreign tourists Killed: 22 (Three each from Israel and Germany; two from Canada and one each from US, Italy, China, Thailand, Mauritius, Singapore, Britain, Japan and Australia. Five are yet to be identified) Total Injured: 239 Indians: 216 Foreigners: 23 NSG commandos: In operation: 477 Killed: 2 Injured: 8 Policemen killed: 18 Terrorists Total: 10 Killed: 9 Arrested: 1 Important Lists List of the Deceased at NDTV.com List of Injured at ...

Celestial Questions

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Note: Through this article I do not intend to endorse or promote any religion. This post is purely an effort to present some truly thought-provoking questions which should be read and reasoned upon, by all of us. After reading this post, you might ask why did I name this post "Celestial Questions". This is because these questions were asked to Yudhistra (Son of Pandu and the true heir to ...

Contest Suggestion: Enter the Dragon!

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'lo. The other day I came across a big contest while browsing some of sites I read regularly, and simply could not resist sharing it with you. HP (in association with Buzz Corps)is promoting its latest 20.1" notebook i.e. The HP HDX Entertainment Notebook using a contest called "The 31 Days of Dragon". Before I proceed further note that this contest is open to everyone from any part of ...

Been a while

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Hi, It has been well over a year since I posted something new on my blog. However, now I shall try to be more active than 'usual'. Frankly, another article describing my experiences or rather whereabouts (during 2007) should have come after my last post on world politics which was way back in December of 2006. Writing about 2007 will take a lot of time and commitment. However, I will write ...

My piece of mind on current geo-politics, war and religious polarization with suggestions

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As stated earlier, I would like to repeat that I am not any good in international affairs, foreign policy and diplomacy etc nor am I or my country perfect but I want to write about a topic that is very sensitive. I am not writing this article after any research. This article contains my views about what I have been reading/watching in media regarding religious fundamentalism, terrorism and ...

Why the percentage of Hindus in Indian population, might decline in the coming years?

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Before I answer this question, let me explain you that I have written this article purely as a student of economics (of which demographics is an important part). I do not have any specific feeling towards any religion and this article was not meant to hurt anybody's sentiments, emotions or religious beliefs. I write this article with the sole intention of stating my analysis and airing my views ...

First impressions of CAT 2006

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For your information: CAT or Common Admission Test is one of the largest MBA entrance exams conducted in India, anually. Indian Institute of Management (IIMs), the premier business-schools of the country (and counted among the best in the world) conduct this test for selecting potential students for the next round of admission process (comprising of a personal interview and a group discussion) for their MBA and Fellow-ship programmes. ...

The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox (Book Review 009)

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ISBN: 8185984131 Tagline: A process of ongoing improvement. The Goal was not on my reading list. However, it was lying around in the house and I decided to go ahead with it. The size of this book was very uninviting and from all the text on the covers and in the intro pages, I thought that I'd be better off reading this book during or after my MBA even though ...