I am writing this as I mourn the loss of my cousin, Ajay Oak. He was trekking in the mountainous Ladakh region of India. He tragically passed away at Leh on 26 Jan 2018, due to medical complications. He was just 44 years old. Read more
I have always admired how Indians seemed to have accepted and understood evolution better than most developed nations. I used to attribute it to Indian belief systems being more flexible and not as bound by scriptures.
But then the country’s education minister said this yesterday… “Nobody, including our ancestors, have said or written that they ever saw an ape turning into a human being.” and later called for removal of evolution theory from textbooks! #FacePalm
So thought of penning this quick note. Hope to soon enhance this piece or write a new detailed piece based on my understanding of evolution. Read more
On Gandhi’s birth anniversary (2nd October), thought of writing this quick post about one of Gandhi’s favourite hymns. A hymn that also often helps me form an opinion and decide on the course of action.
Almost every Gandhi feature includes a rendition of “Vaishnava Jana To …” and many even think that it was Gandhi’s creation.
However “Vaishnava Jana To …” was actually written by the poet Narsinh Mehta, in the Gujarati language, way back in the 15th century.
While the entire poem is beautiful and profound, I have always been most drawn to the first two lines Read more
“Getting Onboard Oracle Java Cloud Service” . My article about the Oracle Java Cloud Service in the latest Java Magazine issue (June 2016) .
My earlier Java Cloud articles in Java Magazine talked of what’s now known as the Oracle Java Cloud SaaS Extension. The newer ‘full’ Java Cloud Service has a lot more to offer.
Curiously, my bio in this article has missed out on mentioning my book on the Oracle Java Cloud 🙂
There’s a saying that the information that we think is most private to us and of little use to others, is in fact most useful to others!
So although it seems like our personal experiences and failures as regards family, relationships, career, business, aging, sex, health… are of little value to the rest of the world, in reality those very experiences could provide valuable insights to others in similar situations. Read more
Get Started With The Oracle Developer Cloud Service. My article about the Oracle Developer Cloud Service from the Jan-Feb 2015 issue of Java Magazine. Read more
I have been frequenting multiple Pune sports clubs over the past two decades. So I have kind of been a witness to how sports establishments seem to have moved from being open, sports centers to elitist recreation clubs. It seems like it will only be a matter of time before a “Dogs & Indians Not Allowed*” kind of board gets put up at these clubs. Through this blog, I hope to highlight what I think has gone wrong and some possible solutions.
This blog is primarily based on Deccan Gymkhana and PYC Gymkhana in Pune, as those are the clubs where I have spent most time over the past 20 years. However I believe most of the points below would apply to many such clubs across India. Read more
Just finished reading “The Sceptical Patriot”, a book that examines the veracity of popular “India Facts” like Invented the zero, Sanskrit is the best language for computers, India never invaded another country, India was once the most prosperous nation, Plastic surgery was developed in India … The author deals with several such “facts” that gets bandied over email, facebook, dinner conversations and more. He deals with them in a layman-friendly and mildly-funny text of 200 odd pages.
The aim of the book and also this post is not to mock, belittle or ignore India’s past achievements but to take a realistic view based on the evidence available. Read more