Old photos of India

July 13, 2014 by

Here are some old photos of India, sent to me by a friend. Quite amazing to see how our country has changed, its unrecognisable.



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eBay Shrugged: Pierre Omidyar believes there should be no philanthropy without profit

June 14, 2014 by

This kind of “philanthropy” appears complicated! What do you think?

North Korean defector describes her crazy escape and adjustment to modern life

June 8, 2014 by

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North Korean defector describes her crazy escape and adjustment to modern life

Life inside a communist country with a controlling dictator for a leader is not only suffocating and dangerous; it’s also vastly different from life in developed countries elsewhere across the globe.

Joo Yang, who defected from North Korea in 2010, did an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit Wednesday and explained what it was like to leave the oppressive country and experience life in the outside world.

North Korean defectors have to escape the country covertly. Some of them were basically brainwashed by propaganda growing up — one defector who spoke to UK newspaper The Independent said she was raised to believe that Kim Jong-il was a god who could read her mind.

Yang joined her family in South Korea in 2011. An NGO helped her travel through a “modern-day underground railroad” to escape North Korea.

Here are some of the observations she made about life in North Korea versus life…

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Come India, Let’s All Hate Arvind Kejriwal

May 31, 2014 by

Puns and Roses

Funny country, ours is. We love to hate. We are so fed up of our own miserable problems and pathetic administration that we just need a media-created effigy to direct our hatred and burn. Beyond logic. Beyond rationale. Beyond the levels of tolerance and sophistication that one can expect from a country that boasts itself as the world’s largest democracy.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal humbled in the recent national elections. Just four members from his party got into parliament and Kejriwal himself lost by a mammoth 337,000 votes at Varanasi to the next PM of India, Narendra Modi. Honestly speaking, it was a stupid move by AK to challenge Modi at Varanasi. He could’ve contested from his home constituency, won his seat in parliament and actually made a difference from inside over the next 5 years. Isn’t that why he split from Anna Hazare in the first place??

The hate…

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Wake up Cid (Citizen of Indian democracy)

May 4, 2014 by


I enjoyed playing gully cricket – but when the same gully became filthy I refused to clean it up – instead I stopped going there

I enjoyed the drinking water from the nearby borewell, but when the ground water depleted, I didn’t try to take measures to renew it – instead I started buying water 

I took the colony bus to my college but when a part of a ro ad was damaged due to flooding, I didn’t care to get it fixed – instead I just chose to stop using the bus

I always loved the idea of free food served at the temple during dushera celebrations but when the kids from the slums wanted to, they were denied the food – instead of asking why, I just looked the other way

I was furious when my friends sister was being teased at a bus stop, when it was…

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Why Modi will become PM of India: Uzair Belgami

April 18, 2014 by


Guest post by  UZAIR BELGAMI

I have been reading around of late and was surprised to see that there are actually still some people who think there is still a chance that Narendra Modi will not become PM of this country in 2014. Hah! Must be those minorities, or those Secularists, or those Communists who are saying and thinking this – all are Pakistan-lovers, Leftists and anti-nationals. I felt it is necessary I deal with these people through this article, in order to deal the ‘final blow’ before the elections.

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10 Charts from 2013 That Changed the Way We Think

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Jolla’s first handset will go on sale on 27 November

November 14, 2013 by



Jolla, the Finnish mobile firm that’s trying to revive Nokia(s nok) and Intel(s intc)’s old MeeGo operating system, will release its first handset in less than two weeks’ time. Jolla said on Thursday that the first of its €399 ($537) phones will go on sale in the firm’s native country on 27 November.

Although Jolla wants developers to write natively for its Linux-based Sailfish OS operating system, the devices will also support Android(s goog) apps, and the handsets will come with the Yandex Android app store. Finnish carrier DNA was one of the first partners that signed up for Jolla, along with Chinese distributor D.Phone.

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Need to Make “Teaching” A Valuable Profession in India!

November 14, 2013 by

Great article! Thought provoking! 🙂



There has been a lot of talk lately on the use of technology replacing teachers in schools. Although all this sounds very “cool”, “hi-tech”, and revolutionary 21st century thinking, we should not lose sight of the importance of “human teachers”. Evidence has clearly shown that just blindly introducing technology in schools has no positive impact on student outcomes, and is NOT a replacement for good teaching. The biggest bottleneck for quality of education in primary and secondary schools is the sustained motivation of students. And supervision from human teachers and parents is the only way to generate that motivation. The most important influence on the child’s learning is the school teacher. Teacher motivation and performance is a key ingredient to a healthy and productive learning environment.

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