On The Contrary | Dying Languages

India is home to one of the largest variety of languages. You are not, and should not, be surprised to know that. Results of a four-year survey that was released in 2013 counted over 780 languages in India. This is in stark contrast to the official figure of 122. But this disparity can be explained…

Killing Time

When I am on the road, the biggest obstacle to conquering longer distances is trying to keep my mind off thinking about how much further I have to ride. After about the 10 km mark, my mind starts to wander.

Why the Shani Temple Judgement is a Dangerous Precedent

his ruling is a dangerous step in to religious affairs by an entity who, by its very nature, must work on a canvas much larger than the constraint of a small set of believers. The ruling is a direct intervention by the state in deciding how individuals must understand their religious beliefs.

Which cycle should I buy?

The sheer variety in terms of types and brands of cycles in India mirrors the auto industry. From two brands and as many models, we now have so many brands and each have multiple models from which to choose. So it is not surprising that someone who wants to start cycling starts with the question, “Which cycle should I buy?”

Is anything neutral?

The ongoing debate on net-neutrality seems to evoke very strong sentiments from the segment of people for it rather than the people against it. Most searches on this subject returned links that pointed to articles telling me why FreeBasics would be bad for the economy and how it was tantamount to the British East India Company’s takeover of the Indian economy. For some reason I was unable to buy into the argument. None of the arguments against FreeBasics seemed to hold too much water.

Goa – Hyderabad | Via Yadgir

The roads are pretty decent almost all the way through. However, there is construction along the way, but these are short stretches. These are not major highways so they are not divided. Most of the route is just a ribbon of road with traffic coming both ways.

Reducing the Deficit

The root of most evil is greed and the root of most greed is, eventually, the inherent need to secure the happiness of one’s loved ones.

Intolerance is an individual choice

If Aamir Khan or Shah Rukh Khan can be judged as individuals then the people making the judgements should be ready to be judged as individuals too. I refuse to paint all Hindus as intolerant just because one Hindu is intolerant and insecure. Furthermore, I refuse to paint all Indians as intolerant just because one Indian is intolerant and insecure.

How the Allahabad court intends to improve public schools

ssentially, what the court is saying is that if the IAS officers, IPS officers, judges and ministers send their kids to public schools, the quality of education will improve because these officials will ensure adherence to the minimum requirements set down by the education ministry and various boards.

Scion of Ikshvaku | 1/5

I remember picking up Immortals of Meluha at the airport. The attractive cover coupled with an interesting synopsis had me hooked. Full credit to Amish, the other two books in the series lived up to the promise made in the first installment. So when Amish announced Scion of Ikshvaku, I looked forward to the book…

Highway Encounter

The trip was about 325 km long and took about 7 hours to complete. This meant that I would reach Bangalore by about 8 p.m., which would leave me the entire weekend with my girl.