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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 "delete" key!

All those missing screws are driving me nuts!
(Watch this space.)
The smartphone and Internet revolutions passed me by
It may be smart, but is it a phone? Speak not lightly of 2G, 3G, 32768G.
Indian IT "innovation", defined.
Euphoria through reduced expectations.
Of blind corners and deans, 2012/03/30
You forgot to genuflect, therefore campus safety is of no concern to me.
We had to restrain the patient... (2011/01/28)
...to save him from destroying himself.
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 ... 2008/12/16
Indian factories eat meat and excrete live lambs! Also, be careful what you want!
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
Faculty 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 what we cannot maintain.
GE-SBI trolls are spoiling my oxygen supply
No point sharing a planet with these losers. (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 of "development".
Buy DLink, die within three years, 2006/01/16
In other words, Death by DLink!
Can't read but will apply, 2006/01/15
Regular spam mail from academia to academia
Bloatware, 2006/01/09
Because RAM is 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.
---Oscar Wilde.
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 five recessions.
---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."
---Noam Chomsky.
Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.
---Mark Twain.
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.
---Paul Ehrlich.

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