Monthly Archives: March 2011

Perfection

A Chinese proverb says ‘Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect’ but does this mean that we should not aim for perfection. Definitely not. The intent of these numerous quotations on perfection is to prevent a person from … Continue reading

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People management

I mentioned somewhere on this blog that moving to the quinary professions or leadership positions has a lot of advantages. What I did not mention is that power comes with commensurate responsibility. The captain of the cricket team, Chief Executive … Continue reading

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Being famous

The other day I was trying to imagine the life of a celebrity and had mixed feelings about being famous which I thought of sharing here. First of all, it really needs some talent and favorable conditions to shoot to … Continue reading

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Siyasi jung (Political battle)

The recent spate of excitement over the India Pakistan cricket world cup semi final inspired me to write about the root of territorial disputes. The disputes over land are not common to India and Pakistan alone. They are a common … Continue reading

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De-subsidising India

It is an irony that the liquid petroleum gas (LPG) burning in the kitchens of millionaires and billionaires of this country is being heavily subsidised by the Government of India. The LPG cylinders are sold at a loss of Rs700/- … Continue reading

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The art of obscuring details

Most of the fields seem to hate simplicity a lot. A paper in which you make most of the concepts easy to understand has a greater probability of being rejected 🙂 A lot of cozy equations adds value to whatever … Continue reading

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The unholy nexus

There exist many unconstitutional, unethical and ‘unholy’ relations between different elements in the society whose sole purpose is exploitation. What is disturbing is that this cartel has become so strong that new entrants into any system have no choice but … Continue reading

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Should we discard the ticking time bombs?

Homi Jehangir Bhabha envisioned a three stage nuclear programme for India to make our country self sufficient in energy. Following up on this vision, as part of the first phase of the program, we have 20 operating nuclear reactors some … Continue reading

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Finite resources and infinite demand

When I see some of the crumpled shelters, beggars, some of the so called ‘middle class’ living in narrow alleys as in Delhi, people urinating anywhere and everywhere, the slums of Mumbai, the fact that many of the villages still … Continue reading

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Indian Railways – A critique

Indian railways which started with the first steam engine chugging from Mumbai to Thane ( a distance of 34 km) in 1853 has grown to become one of the largest rail networks in the world. The unique feature of the … Continue reading

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