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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) ...

“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...