PV Narasimha Rao – The Half Lion

We live in a time where every aspect of our lives is blown out of proportion. For example, take the word “Epic”. Dictionary for this word stands for something that is majestic, grand and heroic. Like the Mahabharata or the Ramayana. But the same “Epic” has become a slang these days. At my workplace, any…

India’s free digital learning platform for higher studies – NPTEL

In their own words The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) was initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003. Five core disciplines were identified, namely, civil engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and communication…

Autism and the school admissions

Originally posted on Atypically Yours:
It’s that phase in life when, after spending six, long, stable, well-supported years in one place, the time has come to relocate to different lands. This is one of those free-flowing posts -written because I want to just make sense of the situation. We all know change is inevitable and…

Countering Big Tech

2020 has been a dramatic year. And 2021 is turning out to be no less dramatic. I am not even referring to the China originated COVID-19 virus. Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Amazon have established an iron grip over a lot of aspects of our daily lives. There is an interesting…

Beyond the 5 senses

Originally posted on Atypically Yours:
One of the first lessons in kindergarten – the five senses- the sense of vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch. But did we ever go past that lesson, to see if there is more than just these five? Yes, I hear you- The sixth sense. If someone were to compliment…

Swarajya – Battles we should never forget

Battles of the Maratha Empire is book that covers the life and time of Maratha empire and the various states that fought against foreign powers like the Mughals, British and Portuguese. Interestingly, the author Aneesh Gokhale, gives a multi faceted view of those times, where the partnerships between the great powers varied with time. Maratha…

Celebrations and longevity of our culture

Deepavali / Diwali. It is that time of the year again. A time when citizens, politicians, State governments and Central government suddenly realize that the air pollution they failed to control throughout the year, is an imminent problem which needs a solution. But how can we take any steps at the last minute when we…

Why do we care so little about national security?

In the past 1 year, I have read some very interesting and well written books on how India is defended by its soldiers. Watershed 1967 – India’s Forgotten Victory Over China : by Probal Dasgupta 1962 The War That Wasn’t : by Shiv Kunal Verma Kargil – From Surprise to Victory : by General VP…