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  • So I recently read: Same as Ever
    There was always an ongoing joke when I was growing up that if the weather forecast says it would rain, it definitely won’t rain. If they say, the day will be sunny, high chance that it will rain cats and dogs. Fortunately, the accuracy of weather prediction has come a long way and it isContinue reading “So I recently read: Same as Ever”
  • So I recently read: The People of Indus
    To atone for the crime of watching the movie ‘Mohenjo Daro’, that too alone in a theatre, I will read 2000 books related to Indus Valley Civilization, I had promised. This is 1st of such. Just kidding. There are not many interesting books about Indus Valley Civilization anyway. Growing up with Comics and working asContinue reading “So I recently read: The People of Indus”
  • So I recently read: THE BEE, THE BEETLE AND THE MONEY BUG
    When I was growing up, discussions of shares and stocks, Interest Rates, Sensex, and Money in general, were as alien to me, as Machiavellianism is to Rahul Gandhi. In my family, the discussions at the dinner table were mostly related to *wait-for-it* just dinner. On the contrary, some of my close friends knew about allContinue reading “So I recently read: THE BEE, THE BEETLE AND THE MONEY BUG”
  • So I recently read: Factfulness
    I first came to know about Hans Rosling, through this TED Talk. I was searching for data visualizations and how the world perceives other nations. Naturally, once you watch this, you will realize that Hans Rosling was not only a witty speaker, but also the stats he displayed were proof that most of our knowledgeContinue reading “So I recently read: Factfulness”
  • Jai Shree Ram
    Although I was not old enough to understand what was happening back in late 1992 and why, I was old enough to remember the general mood of those days. Near my place, there’s a railway station and whichever train to Ayodhya used to pass at that time, people used to shower the people (Karsevaks) withContinue reading “Jai Shree Ram”
  • Books I read in 2023
    Sorry to disappoint everyone who expected me to read a lot but I was able to read only 5 books this year. (All links are Amazon Affiliate Links). Adding my one-line review in CAPS for help. Same as Ever – EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT Faithfulness – EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT How to Fail at AlmostContinue reading “Books I read in 2023”
  • Namaskaara 2024
    ಇಂದು ವರ್ಷದ ಮೊದಲ ದಿನವಾಗಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ನಿಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಹೊಸ ವರ್ಷದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳನ್ನು ಕೋರುತ್ತೇನೆ. We are well aware that nowadays nobody can read past 1-2 lines because of our declining attention span. Therefore, by writing the 1st paragraph 100% in Kannada and not a mere 60% like a hypocrite, I think my job is done. Continuing further in the languageContinue reading “Namaskaara 2024”
  • So I recently watched ‘Rocket Boys’ & ‘Oppenheimer’
    But first, CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE FOR CHANDRAYAAN – 3’S SUCCESS! It is just fitting that I finished watching the Sony Liv series ‘Rocket Boys’ based on the lives of Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai, along with some bits of Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam just a day after the successful landing of Chandrayaan – 3 on theContinue reading “So I recently watched ‘Rocket Boys’ & ‘Oppenheimer’”
  • 100 Days
    Of return to Bengaluru It’s been 100 days since I returned back to Bengaluru and have started to travel to work. Few observations, in no particular order: All in all, the return to Bengaluru is old news now. Things are returning to old times. Old is the new normal, I think.
  • Moved
    So move is now complete. But the unpacking might take 200 more years. The money I saved by not renting a place last year has all been spent in moving and settling down. Fortunately new place is 90% same as my old place. So it’s all nostalgia and Deja Vu but hey paint is new!Continue reading “Moved”
  • Moving
    12000 years ago, when Homo Sapiens had had enough of it, they decided to settle down. Their main motivation was to grow food themselves instead of running behind it. After finding a decent place by the river, where breeze was nice, neighbour sapiens were not too nosy, wild animals were distant, noise was minimum andContinue reading “Moving”
  • Hello 2023
    I can’t be the only one who still thinks March 2020 was just a few days ago. Many things have changed since then but some part of the mind hasn’t moved on. Maybe it would move on once someone officially says that “Pandemic is over now. Go and enjoy life like there’s no fear!”. IContinue reading “Hello 2023”
  • Staying Thethered
    A couple of days ago, I appeared for the final exam of my Masters in Data Science. So, it’s finally over, done and dusted.  Did I learn something? Yes. Could it be done better? Definitely. Do I feel happy? Of course. Do I need to study further or is it the end of education? HahContinue reading “Staying Thethered”
  • Year 2021 End Blog Post
    This might be the shortest Year-end blogpost ever on this blog although the year was one of the longest for me. Professional I am saying this every year since 2018 but I might have put together more working hours than many previous years combined. It felt so, at least. This year brought technological leaps oneContinue reading “Year 2021 End Blog Post”
  • WRSWST
    When the reading stops, writing stops too. Isn’t this the worst!
  • So I recently became… A Father
    As I type this, I have in close vicinity, a small human cooing and making the sound of a vehicle applying breaks. It is one of the most inexplicably weird emotions felt as a human – to have another human that is your own doing. That human was (re)produced by me and my wife andContinue reading “So I recently became… A Father”
  • Do what you can!
    I always used to wonder how would people who lived in history felt when they had to undergo some calamity. Natural disasters, Wars, Revolutions, and whatnot. Well, we got the opportunity to face a pandemic during our lifetime as well. Pretty depressing couple of weeks, aren’t they. I just hope and wish that the crisisContinue reading “Do what you can!”
  • Writer’s Block
    I haven’t blogged for 10 days straight. That’s the longest span since I started blogging daily last year. But I didn’t have any writer’s block. I had too much to do with work and the life which remained apart from work left me so tired that I slept like a baby as soon as IContinue reading “Writer’s Block”
  • Too Small to be Effective?
    “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.”– Betty Reese
  • Problems vs Solutions
    As Sunny Deol said in Border, the word Problem is synonymous with the word Life. Complaining a lot? Read this I had shared the quote in the above post just a couple of months ago. But then I got a chance to complain about certain things. Lately, I realized that harping about problems doesn’t makeContinue reading “Problems vs Solutions”
  • What’s really natural?
    Anything which hasn’t been meddled with by humans yet could be called natural. But everything gets impact by human activities. The remotest place on the planet would have had some impact of things happening elsewhere. El nino and what not! When it comes to food, normally we wouldn’t check ingredients. But there’s a reason thatContinue reading “What’s really natural?”
  • Bhrahmaand
    Ravi and Bhaskar, two teenagers who have keen interest in space, go on a school trip to a Planetarium. While they learn about space and the Solar System, we as audience learn with them. And with that we take a deep dive into the nostalgic TV program Brahmaand of late 1980s and early 1990s. ItContinue reading “Bhrahmaand”
  • Green Lights
    There are days when every traffic light you encounter turns green from red as soon you are about to stop. Then if you keep your pace optimised till the next stop, you encounter another green light, and so on. You get going, get happier, get luckier. Somedays the opposite happens. You try to go faster,Continue reading “Green Lights”
  • When the going gets tough
    The tough might be too tired to get going. Responsibilities grow when you grow older. The sooner one learns this lesson, the easier it becomes to tackle. I didn’t want to just rant on this blog and just do for the sake of it. But sustaining a daily blog can work only if the scheduleContinue reading “When the going gets tough”
  • Things change
    I have always been interested in being able to take good photographs. The process of capturing scenes, the moment, the landscape. And the process of editing, ah what fun. When I started and bought by own camera, Flickr was in vogue. Later 500px was buzzing. Then to a certain extent Instagram became the go toContinue reading “Things change”
  • Discipline
    This is often said “Confidence comes from mastery. Mastery comes from repetition. Repetition comes from discipline.” Having said that, discipline is actually the hardest thing to achieve. There are several factors at play to distract one from staying disciplined. If discipline was the peak, it’s a very pointy peak and all sides around it areContinue reading “Discipline”
  • A Layman’s Guide to The Annual Financial Budget
    It doesn’t exist. Sorry for the clickbait.
  • New Year Resolution starts now
    Every year, I tend to start working on my resolutions from Feb 1. By this time, gyms are back to the normal footfalls, people have forgotten their promises, and I am left with no choice but to start working out again. The year 2020 has been a year that took me off guard. By me,Continue reading “New Year Resolution starts now”
  • Life is hard
    “When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard“, I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?” Sydney Harris
  • Sweet Spot
    You know when the ball hits the Cricket bat at the sweet spot, it makes that crackling of sound and the ball just rushes towards the boundary. That knocking sound and the power generated from that Sweet Spot is one of the most majestic things in Cricket to a player as well as the viewerContinue reading “Sweet Spot”