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I cannot quite live a blogger's life, leave alone write something
more serious. So this is a rambling account of my experiences with
India and life in general. I shall be as a rectifier in the path of
your feedback: if you like it, I will appreciate your praises; if you
are offended, watch out, I have my finger on the
- All those missing screws are driving me nuts!
- (Watch this space.)
- Indian IT "innovation", defined.
through reduced expectations.
- Of blind corners and deans, 2012/03/30
- You forgot to genuflect,
campus safety is of no concern to me.
- We had to restrain the patient... (2011/01/28)
- ...to save him from
- Bestriding the Narrow World Like a Beggar 2009/06/12
- Our fundamental right to beg
for a human existence.
- Negative Industrial Output, and other press stupidity ...
- Indian factories eat
meat and excrete live lambs!
Also, be careful what
- If life gives you lemons... 2008/04/08
- ...make lemon shampoo!
- Cheesy Banana Republic Consumerism, 2007/11/28
- Life, liberty and the
pursuit of shopping.
- Of glass houses and throwing stones, 2007/10/30
housing woes at supposedly the best technology
institute in India. Clearly we do not practise what we teach!
Update: Effect of
attempted `repairs' in 2009.
A great blog entry explaining how this works.
- Acquisition takes money, maintenance takes culture
- We build like there's no tomorrow, and we build
- GE-SBI trolls are spoiling my oxygen supply
- No point sharing a planet with
(New! Updated with tidings of other trolls.)
- Countries being sold to sticky polar bears
- Hilariously anguished
English---every line is a treat!
- Where there is smoke there is soot, updated 2006/01/11
- Is all the smoke around IIT
sootable for our PCs and servers?
- The burn-fest, updated 2006/04/20
- Like the Golgafrinchans, we burn leaves to control inflation.
- The festival of mayhem, updated 2006/04/20
- A photo-essay chronicling our process
- Buy DLink, die within three years, 2006/01/16
- In other words, Death
- Can't read but will apply, 2006/01/15
- Regular spam mail from
academia to academia
- Bloatware, 2006/01/09
cheaper than programmers that breathe.
- Roadblocks and cutting corners, 2005/12/31
- A trivial example that replicates
in graver situations all over India.
In a dying civilization, political diagnostics is best done when you
have good and strange bedside manners.
---Eric Ambler, A Coffin for Democritus.
Democracy, n.: Government of the sheep, by the shepherds,
for the wolves.
---L. A. Rollins, The Devil's Lexicon.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's
opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of
ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid
being deceived by economists.
---Joan Robinson, Economist.
Macroeconomists have successfully predicted nine of the last
---Yoram K. Bauman, UWash Economist.
One commonly hears that carping critics complain about what is wrong,
but do not present solutions. There is an accurate translation for
that charge: "They present solutions, but I don't like them."
Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people
who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.
Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer
despair for the human race.
---Herbert George Wells.
If an engineer proposed a design for an aircraft
with a constantly expanding crew, we would think him mad.
And yet, when an economist defends a theory that posits a
perpetually growing global economy, he is awarded a Nobel Prize.
- Among the most powerful songs I have heard:
- A wonderful site with Jain
in America by Alexis de Tocqueville.
- The Time Machine by Herbert George Wells and
Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley: among the finest fiction (prophecy?) ever written.
Machine Stops by Edward Morgan Forster.
- Derf City.
- This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow.
Death by Car,
ignore these sites at your own risk!
- Trade fidelity like carbon emissions,
- Sudden Debt
- Atanu Dey's blog,
chronicling his discovery of how India works (not).
A blog with
somewhat more mature analysis.
- CBS 60 minutes
fallout. Claiming that "IIT=Cornell+MIT+..." is like
demanding that Mumbai local trains are superior to the Paris subway
because it's much harder to get into a Mumbai local train.
- T. A. Abinandanan's
blog. Somewhat overdosed with reservation (affirmative action),
gender equality, and IIT JEE, but mostly nice reading.
- Other nice blogs:
- How to drive in India
and live to tell the story.
- How bad is the heat
- But no simpler.
- Dear unsolicited mailers, please eat these while I am away: