Third Time Lucky (Warning! This is a Long Post)

I walk into the examination hall and the students pay no attention. They keep on shouting at the top of their voices. I somehow manage to get heard, and ask for order. They reluctantly lower their voices. I ask them to remove all the reading materials so that I can give them the question and … Read more

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More Pictures from Ladakh

Yellow Flowers- Blooming in the Cracks, Ladakh   This picture was taken near Ganda-La base, when we were trying to trek the Markha Valley. I am partial to flowers and these two caught the eye all the more because of the bleak surroundings. Sunset at Leh, Ladakh This picture was taken from a height while … Read more

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An Ode to my Departed Ladakh Pictures

I had 400 plus pictures from my recent trip (June, 2005) to Ladakh. Like a fool I saved them in ‘my pictures’ folder on C drive. Like a fool I did not write a CD and like a fool again I did not transfer them to the other system at my home from my laptop. … Read more

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Writing for Gonomad

When I started working in the higher education sector in India, it turned out to be a real eye opener for me. When I was studying, I either went to better places or our generation was a bit more tractable. When I started teaching, I found the first two places completely impossible. This period of … Read more

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Messing Up with what gets Written Even in Dilbert Comic Strips: Why Such Hurry to Change IIT-JEE Eligibility Norms?

Update: The meeting of IIT board decided to implement the new IIT-JEE rules from the next year. Sense prevails after all. ——————————————————————————————- This has turned out to be a rant from India but this time I am not apologetic. This comes straight from my troubled heart. I never planned to write anything about the Indian … Read more

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Auli: Beautiful Hillstation in Uttaranchal, India

Auli is a picture postcard kind of a place situated in Uttarakhand, India. I went there in the August of 2002, just after submitting my Ph.D. thesis and just before starting my first job that turned out to be an absolute horror. Rainy season, that is July and August are the worst time to visit … Read more

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One More Digression: Tennis Rant this Time

Update: Mahesh Bhupathi won the mixed doubles tennis title at the US Open playing with Daneila Hantuchova of Slovakia. TV news channels are reporting that Muslim Board of India has issued a fatwah against tennis player Sania Mirza for her way of dressing up on court. Poor girl, I hope she will come out of … Read more

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A Most Unusual Walk through Amsterdam’s Red Light District

I traveled to Amsterdam from New Delhi in the summer of 2002. Almost all my foreign trips have been in relation to some academic work. This particular visit was sponsored by the Department of Economics, University of Groningen, as I was appearing in an interview there. Amsterdam, actually, was less of a travel destination and … Read more

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Malls Malls Everywhere Not a Library to be Seen!

The Mall Culture is comparatively new in India. When I was in college there were no malls in most of the cities. Today, the big cities boast of one too many. On a 2 km stretch of a road in Gurgaon (quite close to New Delhi) you can count four malls. There is the Metropolitan … Read more

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Manali, Himanchal Pradesh: Beautiful but Crowd and Litter Everywhere!

Manali is a picturesque small town in the Kullu Valley, in the Indian state of Himanchal Pradesh. It attracts a lot of Indian and foreign tourists, particularly in the summer months. I visited Manali in June 2005 because it is on the way to Ladakh. When rest of the India is buckling under heat wave, … Read more

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