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Do We Really Need a Cracker-Less Diwali?

Wish You all a Very Happy Deepavali

I see lot messages from friends asking everyone to celebrate a cracker-less Diwali. I stopped firing crackers on Diwali since 2002, not because of pollution but because of rampant child labor in cracker manufacturing industry. I now started firing crackers over the last two years after reforms in this industry. ... Read More »

Women ‘to blame’ For Being Raped and Attacked

Women Oppression

Yet another incident of acid attack happened today, a youth from Madurai threw acid on a first year college girl. Another girl who came to protect the victim also got attacked. Both of them have sustained serious injuries in face and neck. Last week an 8th standard student hired a hitman to ... Read More »

Kaushika, The Enlightened Butcher and A Spiritual Quest

Kaushika and Butcher

This story happened during the Ramayana period and was narrated several times in Mahabharata and is one of my favorite stories. Kaushika was born to a Brahmin parents, by the time he was born his parents were very old. Right from his childhood he had an inclination towards spiritual studies. ... Read More »

Aren’t We All Shoe Makers? – The Story of Ashtavakra

Ashtavakra

This is the story of sage Ashtavakra, which my grand mother narrated me several hundred times during my childhood days. This story had a lasting impression on me, and this story is also the root of several other Zen and Buddhist folk stories in China. During a time of absolute harmony ... Read More »

Kamarajar – The Man Who Shaped Tamil Nadu’s Destiny

Kamarajar

This article is a small tribute to the greatest CM of Tamil Nadu on his birthday. To some his story is synonymous to the rise of the nadar caste, to congress men it is the rise of their political clout, however for most Tamil people the story of Kamarajar is the stuff of ... Read More »

Save The Animals From The “Zoo Of Death”

Poor Condition of Animals

We cannot call ourselves civilized unless we stop exploiting animals in the name of science, zoos and entertainment. We cannot call ourselves humane if we turn our backs on those who fight for the rights of these animals. The Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia was opened in 1918 by the Dutch ... Read More »

The 1000th Coronation Year of Rajendra Chola – One of the Greatest Kings of India

Rajendra Chola's Empire

This article is a tribute to Rajendra Chola – I, the greatest Tamil king and one of the greatest emperors of the world, on the 1000th anniversary of his Coronation of the Chola king. Fortunately in our country we had many great philosophers as our kings. These kings despite being ... Read More »

Independence Day Message – Say NO to the Secular Hounds

Indian Flag

I have always maintained ‘Patriotism’ is a flawed concept. Wars in the name of patriotism is a crime, because we are from a civilization that said However celebrating independence day is important, it is important to recount and honor those freedom fighters who sacrificed everything for the greater good of ... Read More »

On Why Rafa Owns Federer

Nadal Vs Federer

This match (Austrlian Open 2014 Semis) seemed to prove with finality that the match-up so favors Nadal that Federer simply has no way out. His disadvantage is etched in granite. This statement right here proves why Fed can never be called the Greatest Ever. When he knows he has a ... Read More »

Senior Care – The Right Approach

Senior Care - The Right Approach

Like I said in several of my blog posts my Grand mother is my only hero and my idol, I learnt everything from her. At the age of 79 (few years before she died), she was handling a huge house, cows and the garden all by herself. In India where ... Read More »

FDI in Multi-Brand Retail – What it Means to Local Businesses?

FDI in Retail in India

In the current economic scenario of  India, FDI in any business other than communication and security is good. The important issue is not FDI, but the norms under which the relaxation is happening. Walmart and all other major retailers are in China, but comparing us with China is illogical, because ... Read More »

Teaching Mathematics and the Concept of Infinity

Mathematics

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. I love Mark Twain for various reasons, and this quote is one of the first few writings of Twain, which made me read most of his works. I have come across several people ... Read More »

Arctic Sea is Going to Disappear Soon. Can We Stop It?

Arctic Ocean Retreating

I fondly remember those days when I memorized the names of oceans (Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic and Antarctic). However it looks like my son will have only four names to memorize instead of five. The Arctic Ice caps (which is actually considered as the arctic sea) are melting at an ... Read More »

Quotas for SC/ST in Promotion – Do We Need Quotas Anymore?

Caste System in India

As a kid, it was hard for me to understand the concept of caste and why it was there in the first place. As I grew, I developed a strong sense of dislike for the quota system, I witnessed some poor upper caste people being denied admission as they did ... Read More »

Mangalore Moral Policing Can Kill the Beauty of Hinduism

Moral-Policing-Mangalore

Over the last few days, I came across so many comments by the right wing people who blatantly support the act of those goons who bashed up the college kids. The boys and girls partied at night (with booze). These goons who did beat up the boys and girls committed a crime, ... Read More »

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