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Green Mathematics


Going green is a becoming mantra among individuals and the corporate. This has given rise to initiatives such as minimalist living and in the extreme living off the grid. In of those moments where there are many things to do and yet feel bored, I hit upon this ideas of defining a recyclability index for … Continue reading

Toothbrushes


Finally, he was going to stay in the hostel. He was looking forward to staying alone. Freedom at last. A room for him and with no one to share. Summer solstice! The twitter of the birds woke him up. The day had come. “Hostel life – here I come”, he thought. A nice room. Simple … Continue reading

A winning streak at losing arguments


I crack poor jokes. At least that is what many of my friends and near and dear think. Like all people about whom their friends and near and dear think, I also believe that is because of pure unadulterated jealousy.  Jealousy stemming out of being unable to crack such jokes. Poor is a word designed … Continue reading

The puzzling moment


My erstwhile broadband provider was very agile and well-behaved when he promptly replied to my account closure request with a thank you note and a sentimental paragraph after that on my leaving the services. I was happy that at least there was this element of emotion for a customer. So imagine my surprise when a … Continue reading

On taking the plunge


Before I take the plunge a Calvin and Hobbes strip caught my eye on writing assignments. With the thought of the ink bottle not far behind, I thought it would be interesting to share the same. Now on to the agenda. A plumber with an uneventful life would probably remark “I never took the plunge, … Continue reading

Fall back projects


Some time back I had written about what can one do when there is nothing to be done. I had suggested a whole lot of things which may be quite unpalatable for many – not that I had any suggestion relating to eating something. I believe everyone should have a fall back project. Some would term this … Continue reading

The Apple of Discord


The Apple of Discord was meant for the “fairest”. It was thrown in a wedding party and then all hell broke loose. The jury has decided the “fairest” in the mobile world and given its verdict. One man’s food is another man’s poison a saying I had come across quite some time back.  After the … Continue reading

How to spoil a good weekend outing


Like all professionals I take pride in planning for a weekend outing. For me a weekend trip, be it over a Saturday and Sunday with an additional Friday/Monday thrown in, should be planned. I am not the type to get up on Saturday and nudge my spouse and ask “so what are we gonna do?” … Continue reading

What is a good design?


If you were posed this question, the most probable answer would depend on the receiver of the question. “What do you mean by good?” – a process person “What do you mean by design” – a designer “Depends” – a management person A compelling attribute of a good design is perhaps simplicity. In that context … Continue reading

FIFA World Cup 2034


It came as a surprise to me that work was underway in Qatar for hoisting the FIFA world cup in the year 2022. That is 10 years later. What was even more interesting was that they knew it much earlier. Bids have already been received for the FIFA world cup 2034! Nepal has bid for … Continue reading

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