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Paul Krugman wrote (link) about the “stubborn persistence of bad food in England.” Paraphrasing the article, the quality of food in London dropped significantly due to rapid urbanisation that preceded good transportation system that brought fresh food from the farms. This created a big demand for canned food-based diet, and soon the demand for quality [...]

Sunday, February 13th, 2011 at 19:18 | 0 comments
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A month back, my friends and I were talking about funding for different departments and graduate research assistant stipend during summer. I learnt that some student get twice as much during summer than during regular semester. I hadn’t asked my prof about my pay-check then. I did concede that it was partly because I find [...]

Saturday, May 31st, 2008 at 00:32 | 13 comments
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Update: This post has been edited for clarity and typos. What prompted me to write this is another post shared by my friend on Google Reader. It talks about Sarabjit Singh, a woman who did not want her husband released in exchange for terrorist. Kudos to her! I really admire her because she put her [...]

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008 at 02:04 | 18 comments
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Imagine a situation where there is a wealthy businessman, and he has an excellent B-Plan to make more money. He opens a mall in few villages, and offers low prices for an extended period of time enough to drive the mom-and-pop stores out of business. He makes loss over the period but, as he is [...]

Monday, December 31st, 2007 at 19:08 | 7 comments
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Being in India, you are never more than just couple of hundred meters away from a tradition that is followed simply because it has always been followed. Mythology is used to explain most of the weird superstition. A good work (shuba kaarya) is never started the day after a new moon day as the Mahabharata [...]

Sunday, November 11th, 2007 at 20:13 | 4 comments
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I did want to post DC and NYC pics, but I will do that later. There are a lot more things I want to say about the place. Roads “There are some people out there in our nation who don’t have maps” (link)… that’s so not true. They may not have world map, but many [...]

Saturday, October 6th, 2007 at 17:34 | 4 comments
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Update: I removed a few lines that I did not think were ok here. I thought I will wait for a month before I pen my first impressions on America rather than writing a post immediately. Here are a few things I noted down about the place. Friendliness: About a year ago, there was survey [...]

Saturday, September 29th, 2007 at 18:50 | 10 comments
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I am not a voracious reader or anything, but I do read book once in a while. Off late I have been visiting a few book stores in Bangalore, now that I have a lot of time at my hand. While I don’t read much, I do want to score brownie points in my friends’ [...]

Sunday, June 17th, 2007 at 21:38 | 4 comments
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Four years of hostel life changes a lot of things. Though I see myself as the same person as I was when entered IIT Madras, I kind of know that I have changes a lot in these four years. This post will reflect what I have learned from the four years of my undergraduate life. [...]

Friday, May 25th, 2007 at 11:15 | 20 comments
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Sunday, November 12th, 2006 at 03:01 | 9 comments
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