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“To India – My native Land” by Derozio

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I am not a poet and cannot write poetry but I am capable of appreciating good poems. I had started taking English poetry reading seriously during my class (grade) nine and ten, when we were to study a whole collection of poems as a part of our English syllabus (in I.C.S.E). Poetry had a profound influence on me and to this date I remember quite a few poems ...

India: Agenda 2020 for economic development

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India: Agenda 2020 is one of the best research projects I have undertaken till date. I had done this project in 2004 as a part of my assignment for the qualifying round of a management festival called Vistas organized every year by PES BBM (People's Education Society, Bangalore). The event I had participated in was called The clerk of the course or simply put the best manager of ...

Wings of Fire by Arun Tiwari and APJ Abdul Kalam (Book Review 001)

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ISBN: 8173711461 Tagline: An autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam with Arun Tiwari Wings of fire was perhaps the first book which I had read completely and which was not a part of my school or college syllabus :-). I had read this book in 2003 i.e. after Dr. Kalam was appointed the President of India. As I was not into the habit of reading then, I wondered if I would ...

Fantastic ancients

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Just yesterday I was watching this serial "Prithvi Raj Chauhan" on TV. In the programme, Prithvi raj (a young student) enters the forbidden portion of his teacher's library and picks up a book on "shabd-bheydi band kala" (i.e. voice-piercing arrow craft). The moment he read out the name of the book, I experienced goose-flesh and a storm of previously learnt facts, lessons from history and a few portions ...

Dance Bars Reopened

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It is good to know that the dance bars have been reopened. I think this was a quality and realistic decision by our judicial system which otherwise resorts to utterly failed attempts at moral policing and cultural conditioning of the masses (not to forget the role of the polity in pushing the judiciary). With reference to prostitution, whether the dance bars are open or closed, the prostitution business ...

Legalizing Live-in relationships: My Views

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Update: Keeping in mind the wide variety of people from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds viewing my blog, I would like to re-iterate that live-in relationships are no less than a taboo in India and hence this topic. Also note that the opinions mentioned here are my own and should not be used to develop a generic view about a place or thing. Persons who involve in live-in relationships ...

Reservation Issue

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I was browsing through CL's website (www.careerlauncher.co.in/prepzone) and found that they have a discussion board for various topics under the sun. I found a topic on the recent announcement by the government to hike the reservation quota and I jumped in and posted this: ----------------------------- I infer from the Ancient Hindu Texts that Ekalavya was denied the claim to fame by biased Dhrona because he was from a backward caste. ...