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NH7 Weekender 2013

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NH7 Weekender 2013 Pune was fun. Well, I thought it was better music last year, but the festival is definitely worth visiting every year.

Micro targeting

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Recently the Obama re-election campaign employed similar population-wide behavioral analytics to micro-target voters to ensure his re-election. There is no r...

Investing in the Tamenglong-Haflong Road

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I invested a small contribution of Rs. 5000 for the Tamenglong-Haflong Road, India’s first crowd-funded road connecting Assam, Manipur and Nagaland.

Joining InfiBeam

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Update: As of 22 June, 2011, I’m no longer with Infibeam.

The magic of foss.in

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Why do I keep going back to foss.in? Because I'm the kind of person who needs extrinsic motivation. That's why having a good circle of friends with a positiv...

Mobile App market in India

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Thinking from an entrepreneurial angle, it seems to me that there is almost no mobile app market in India today i.e., it is not a startuppable market.

Vote for the Candidate

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I attended a Bangalore South Lok Sabha Candidates' debate yesterday, this time held at NMKRV Jayanagar and organized by the Rotary Clubs of South Bangalore.

Thought for the Day

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I had grown up among engineers, and I could remember the engineers of the twenties very well indeed: their open, shining intellects, their free and gentle hu...

Where to find startup jobs in India

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If you want to find out what jobs are available in startups in India, then there are myriad resources to check: VentureWoods Pluggd.in 'coffee' forum Plu...

Ideas are Cheap - Kannada Word Lists

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Continuing the "Ideas are Cheap" series, here's another simple idea that I would personally find very useful but would be difficult to execute in terms of co...

Product for the future

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My favorite session at proto.in 5th edition was by Atul Chitnis who reinforced the basics of business. He made one remark which seems obvious but something t...

Internet usage in India

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Every startup needs to do some market research while working on their next big idea. And part of this market research is looking at demographic and economic ...

Mullainagiri third time lucky as well

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This weekend, we climbed Mullainagiri and Bababudanagiri. Even though this is my third visit, it never fails to delight me on its beauty. Mullainagiri and Ta...

Common activities means better friends

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If you want to make new friends, there is no use in just saying hi to people, something of value should be exchanged or there should be a common activity. Th...

Are electric scooters viable

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I finally had to give away my old Suzuki Samurai bike. It was a 1999 model, which makes it 9 years old.

Cycling To Work at Barcamp Bangalore 7

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The weekend before last, BarCamp Bangalore 7 was held. The session that I was most looking forward to was the 'cycling to work' session initiated by Pradeep ...

Indian Innovations for the Energy Challenge

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After reading Atanu Dey on India's Energy Challenge and Vijay Anand on Why the N-Deal is important, I was wondering if there were some interesting things bei...

proto.in Edition 4 at Delhi

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I attended the proto.in 4 conference last week (held at the beautiful IIT Delhi campus) and had a very productive and thought-provoking time.

Cricket on your desktop

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I'm not a cricket buff but the IPL had got even me hooked. Well, at least during dinner. But for people who are crazy about cricket and want to follow ball-b...

Sharavathy Valley Day 2

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I thought I would get a damn good sleep in the night because I was so tired. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be. Not with the snorers around. On top of th...

Sharavathy Valley Day 1

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For a while now, I was annoyed by the fact that it has been more than a year and a half since my last trek. So when I saw a call for people who want to join ...

Smart Techie Startup City

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Yesterday, I attended The Smart Techie Startup City event. It was intended as a showcase of startups as well as for learning/sharing/mentoring.

Avenue Road

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People often say there's nothing much to see in Bangalore. But if you get to know some of the old parts of Bangalore, you'll slowly start to see something sp...

The Sunfeast 10K run

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I did the Sunfeast 10K Open Run today. I finished in 1 hr 10 min 26 sec. Finally, a timing I am happy about.

Biking to Ooty

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It all started on Monday last week when Lakshman tweeted if anybody was game for a weekend trip. Ashwin tweeted back saying yes.

Barcamp Bangalore 6 Day 2

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Day 2 of Barcamp Bangalore No. 6 (Apr 20 Sun) started off on a pleasant note because I just had to stop and admire the greenery of the IIMB campus.

Barcamp Bangalore 6 Day 1

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For the uninitiated, Barcamp is an "unconference" which means its a place where people meet, but all the usual rules of a conference do not apply (hence the ...

How about an Indian amateur music album

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My latest "power song" is the flagship song of the Colourblind band. Who are these guys? I have no idea. From what I read on their website, they were/are a c...

Two unofficial traffic rules in India

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Ignore all honking. Most of the honking is by nincompoops who want to save 30 seconds in travel but waste away their lives during the rest of the day.

Urban Development

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Around the recent gastroenteritis scare in Bangalore, NDTV was running a poll:

Useful Websites for India

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Like a broken record, I keep coming back to What are the killer web applications for India? So, I decided to make a list.

Sankranti Rituals

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We need more articles like this one by Prof Dr Geetha Viswanathan (emphasis mine):

First Bangalore Ultra Marathon

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Today, I caught the 4.45 am transportation to get to ONV for the first ever Bangalore Ultra Marathon where people can get to run or walk 26 or 52 or 78 or 10...

Vegetable 2.0

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Note: I no longer work with IonLab since Nov 12 of 2009.

Hack Day India

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I was at Yahoo! Open Hack Day at Bangalore on Friday and Saturday. 24 hours of hacking, meeting lots of old friends, and sarcasm unlimited. It doesn't get be...

Hats off To Chak De

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Ever since I got into running a couple of years back, I have become fascinated with sports, especially because it is so character-building. For example, one ...

OpenCoffeeClub 2

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Note: I no longer work with IonLab since Nov 12 of 2009.

Biking to Hogenakkal

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Aug 10 2007 Fri 6 pm. After missing the last night drive that Azmi and Rishi went to, I wanted to go for a night drive too, and Azmi was happy to oblige.

Big Bazaar India Central Future Dreams

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I recently read the "It Happened in India" book. It is the story of Kishore Biyani, the man who created Pantaloons, Big Bazaar, Bangalore/Hyderabad Central, ...

Mumbai Family Trip

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It was a crazy 4 day trip. Crazy because it was 8 related families going together, that's a total of 23 people. 23. It should be easy to imagine the cacophon...

Midnight Marathon

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The World's First Midnight Marathon took place right here in Bangalore on Saturday midnight. It was held in the area surrounding the iGate office near ITPL.

ionized

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Note: I no longer work with IonLab since Nov 12 of 2009.

yahoo ishtyle parikrma

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After a long wait, the Nandini Layout children sponsored by Yahoo! Bangalore Employees get their own school. And I'm so glad to see that the yahoo sense of h...

Interview of Abishek Nair

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My friend Abishek Nair and myself were recently having a conversation over email where I kept prodding him about what he's going to do next. You see, being a...

pink-e

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Looks like someone sure loves email!

Whoa to Woe

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After a month of bliss, I caved in and got a new phone. After all, there are few super() invocations that I want to override (any Indian son/daughter would k...

proto.in

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I was fortunate to attend proto.in in Chennai on Sunday. What was it all about? It's about startups in India. It was the opportunity for an Indian entreprene...

Musical Weekend

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Although it started with sports, it turned out to be a musical weekend.

foss.in 2006

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The past 3 days of foss.in/2006 have been very interesting. As Gopal said, this conference is in the hallways. I've seen/had a fair share of amazing conversa...

Bangalore Book Festival

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I managed to catch the last day of the Bangalore Book Festival 2006 - I was surprised to see the number of people thronging the fair! It was truly a family a...

Anthargange

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It seemed the long run on Saturday was not enough, so we took off early on Sunday morning as well, but this time in a car instead of on foot. We headed towar...

Trip to the Dark Side

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Wanting to do something different, yesterday I made a short dash (if you can call a 12-hour bus journey a 'dash'...) to Hyderabad to visit an ex-yahoo collea...

Keep ideating

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Yesterday night, I met St. John Goldfinger and Paul Jenkins for dinner. They are technology entrepreneurs based in the UK. They were in Bangalore for the EU-...

Parikrma kids visit Yahoo

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A couple of weeks ago (on July 7th), we had a YEFI Day at work. YEFI stands for Yahoo! Employee Foundation India. As part of the celebrations, we got the Par...

Mullainagiri and Bababudangiri

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In the first weekend of this month, my trekking gang and myself went to Mullainagiri and Bababudangiri for trekking. We've never experienced a "monsoon trek"...

mapperl india

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From the latest Perl.com newsletter* :

Just Tune In

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I'm getting addicted to RadioVerve. Keep up the good work guys!

Night Drive

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A month ago. Saturday evening. Calls at 7.30 pm. 5 friends arrive at 9 pm. We take out the Karnataka map and decide where to go.

Ex-Yahoos start up

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Himanshu Nautiyal, Ruban Phukan and Rajesh Warrier - three ex-yahoos from Bangalore, who now call themselves as RHR Networks Pvt. Ltd, seem to be dabbling in...

Mark of respect

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A legend is no more. Dr. Rajkumar was the defining person in the Kannada film industry. I remember his old black and white Kannada movies, especially the one...

Kannada Wikipedia Meet

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Today, I attended the Kannada Wikipedia Meet after reading a mention of it in today's edition of the Deccan Herald.

Radio City Live

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I voted for Swarathma and Phenom today evening, and these two were the most-voted bands today :-)

MCC FOSS Day

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Yesterday, I talked about Python at the FOSS Day at Mount Carmel College For Women.

Sunrise at Devarayanadurga

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Tourism Fair

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I visited the Travel and Tourism Fair yesterday at Kanteerava Stadium. It turned out to be a damp squib.

Lalbagh Flower Show

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The Lalbagh Flower Show turned out to be great. The flower arrangements were a feast for the eyes, especially for those with a photographic eye, although mos...

The Dalhousie Trip

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I'm writing this a few days after coming back to Bangalore, because I had to get over my holiday hangover. It seems unfair to gain so much, make so many new ...

Rajdeep Sardesai and CNN-IBN

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He's back! I want to watch this new CNN-IBN channel soon. Rajdeep was is one of my favorite journalists, it's good to see him back in action.

Dakshina Kannada Police

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I would've never expected to see the Dakshana Kannada Police blogging. They have updates on the ZP/TP election results. Also, they have entries in Kannada.

code4bill or code2share

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If you have read the article in today's Times of India on "The Battle for Bangalore" (page 16, bottom left corner), please do read the full article in the UK...

Geek Squad

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An uncle had come down from US yesterday, and we were having a long discussion over breakfast. One of the things that he raved about was GeekSquad.

BollyRadio

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I was pleasantly surprised to find a Bollywood Music channel ranked 60th in the Shoutcast charts. There were 384 listeners when I last saw the page.

Hebbe Falls Trek

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Criccer

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Criccer ... I don't know what else to call it. This was a game that is a cross between cricket and soccer, being played in the stadium/grounds near my home. ...

foss.in day 4

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Yesterday was such a long and awesome day.

foss.in day 3

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Today, the keynote address was by Andrew Cowie on Inside|Outside, and it was a brilliant talk. Cowie is a very animated and fun person. The talk was about ho...

foss.in day 2

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Today morning, the first session was a Linux Kernel roadmap by Jonathan Corbet. Although I've never been a kernel-level guy, the talk was interesting and he ...

Sify trouble

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I have been happily using Sify Broadband for many months now. Today, they made some changes to their setup, and boom! no more Sify access for me. All that th...

PESIT FOSS Day

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Last Thursday (24th November, 2005), there was a FOSS Day at PESIT, my alma mater.

LinCDs

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Continuing the nostalgia, here are pictures of the LinCDs.com shirts that Yashwanth (it was his idea) and myself wore at LB/2003.

foss.in day 1

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Today's the first day of foss.in/2005 and I actually managed to wake up early.

Its a small utility

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When Atul commented about open source being "seen as some kind of 'hobbyist' thing" in India, I was reminded of another incident in college.

It doesnt pay to be honest

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Manjunath Shanmugham, an IIM Lucknow graduate, was recently murdered in Uttar Pradesh for trying to expose corrupt petrol pump owners.

REBIEX

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Parshu (a colleague in Y! Bangalore) is presenting a session on REBIEX: Record Boundary Identification and Extraction Through Pattern Mining at the 6th Inter...

Memories of Linux Bangalore 2003

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The VTU letter exhorting principals to motivate students to attend foss.in is a far cry from my college days, and perhaps even farther from Kalyan's days.

Potholed

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Have you been potholed in Bangalore lately? Yes, the question is supposed to be ironic.

Thrissur again

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I was invited back to Thrissur to present a talk to engineering students. Since I didn't want to give the same ol' introductory Python talk at the same place...

Speaking of foss.in

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Looks like the first shortlist of talks for foss.in was not enough, we now have the first list of special speakers: Jeremy Zawodny, Harald Welte, Brian Behle...

Agriculture in India

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Inspite of the "IT is India's Tomorrow" slogans, Purnima explains why agriculture is still the future of India.

The Vortal

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Ashok Banker has started a new novel called The Vortal that'll be released online in episodes format. The blurbs remind me of Jumanji, but knowing Banker's w...

A R Rahman Concert

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The A R Rahman New Dimensional Tour came to Bangalore yesterday.

Getting off the chair

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Over 300 close family and friends in your home on one day + followed by Ramanagaram trek on Saturday + Savandurga trek on Sunday => me happy

Sampada

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Nadig and others have started Sampada - a site for all things Kannada. It has taken off really well in a short period.

Broadband

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I heard that Reliance InfoComm is offering broadband connections of 128 K speed, 10 GB limit for Rs 750 per month. Has anybody else heard/tried this?

The other parking problem

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Well, if you thought the ycantpark photo pool was funny, this one's even funnier:

Street Harassment

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This is one of those things that nobody is willing to talk about, but something has to be done about it.

LB2005

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Preparations for this year's FLOSS meet in Bangalore is well under way. The working title is still LB2005 (Linux/Bangalore 2005) but the name will be change...

What about software patents in India

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The open source community is rejoicing ever since Europe rejected software patents ... which leads me to the question, what's the situation in India?

Sleuth

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Today evening, I watched the 'Sleuth' drama by ACTor theatre and directed by Pawan Kumar.

Language matters

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Mulayam Singh Yadav says that English is the "the language of destruction, which has had a telling impact on the economy of India".

Python Jobs

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This is a sort of a deja vu thought but I'm going to write it anyway.

Do you want to Yahoo

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I have completed nearly one year and one month as a Yahoo i.e. including my internship. I even have a blog post on that on the day I joined.

Faith and Life

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Last weekend, I had been on a pilgrimage with my family to Rameswaram. I have heard that Rameswaram is supposedly the biggest temple in India, although I hav...

Mysore Moments

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Two weeks ago (Apr 9-10), I had been to Mysore with family.. I was going through the pictures and many of them have come out really well.

Need a Loan

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I've been bedridden since the past two days due to bad health. I've been struggling and swallowing lots of tablets. Then, I get a call on my mobile and I say...

A Heap of Broken Images

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On a tip-off from Anita, I had come to know about Girish Karnad's play 'A Heap of Broken Images' at the Ranga Shankara theatre.

Ruby-India First Meetup

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Today was the first meetup of the Ruby-India group (I wanted to announce this on my blog yesterday but the net connection was down at home :|, <sarcasm&g...

Indian Music Online

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Most music sites will work only on Windows and that too specifically IE - so I was glad to see that MusicIndiaOnline now works on Linux using the RealOne Pla...

Politics anyone

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Rashmi Bansal asks why the so-called 'NextGen' youth Indian politicians haven't made any impact so far. Let me hazard a guess: Because the oldies haven't giv...

BangPypers meet on Saturday

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If you live in Bangalore (or happen to be in Bangalore the day after tomorrow) and want to learn about the Python programming language, join us at the BangPy...

Prince of Ayodhya

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I just finished reading the book 'Prince of Ayodhya', the first volume of a series of books which are a modern re-telling of the great Ramayana by Ashok Bank...

Bangalore Pythonistas list is high traffic

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The BangPypers group was created just 10 days ago. There has already been 202 messages by 44 members! Just goes to show that Python is alive and kicking in B...

Trek at Thusharagiri

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After Saturday's long Python talk, we returned to the guest house in the evening and I simply crashed on the bed and had a great sleep.

Talk at FLOSS Meet tomorrow

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There is a FLOSS Meet tomorrow at NIT Calicut, Kerala and I will be giving talk on Python along with Pradeep.

First Bangalore Python meetup

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As I had announced yesterday, we had a Python meetup at Ebony Restaurant today evening -- Ten Pythonistas arrived and we had a rockin' time :)

SLYNUX

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Do you consider yourself a geek who loves to use GNU/Linux? Do you think you are one of the true geeks around who knows how to hack at it ?

The IndiBloggies

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The 2004 IndiBloggies are here! - these awards are publicly-chosen awards conferred upon bloggers who showcase excellence in the Indian blogosphere. My atten...

Python workshop at NIT Calicut

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I've been invited to conduct a workshop on Python at NIT (formerly REC), Calicut, Kerala. It'll be most probably on 29th of this month (date to be yet confir...

Tsunami Relief Efforts

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The Tsunami Relief efforts taken up by so many agencies and volunteers are heartening.

Joke Falls

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I saw Joke Falls a few days ago and I was surprised to see a well made Kannada movie after sooooooooooo long (no exaggeration that).

Tsunami hits South and South East Asia

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Nearly 9000 people have died in India, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives and Sri Lanka due to a massive tsunami triggered by the largest earthquake the Earth has...

Reelity

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When you have cousins flying over from Canada and Australia and everybody catches up, you tend to do stuff together. We went bowling and watched Musafir on S...

Talking Python

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I tried to get some work done yesterday but after a long day and me being the lazy guy that I am, I just went to sleep after getting back... I woke up today ...

LB2004 Day 1

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Day 1 started with the inauguration of Linux Bangalore/2004 . LB doesn't have the concept of chief guests, but the chief guest is the audience and so the rep...

Gloomy Weather

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It's such a gloomy weather here in Bangalore... sigh. It's been raining cats and dogs and as a result I got cold, cough and fever... and I'm just recovering...

Simputer

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The Simputer is a brilliant concept from the professors at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. It is a low cost alternative to PCs - a small handheld co...

The Surfin Penguin

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I finally got a decent 2nd line internet connection from BSNL - it's great! It is an ordinary telephone line connection but I have never seen 4-5 kbps aver...