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Archives for May, 2010

Small Finger of a Lady Singer

A little poem I wrote for the little ones (5 year old niece Nethra and 2 1/2 year old daughter Nidhi). Small Finger of a Lady Singer I am the small finger Of a lovely lady singer. When her voice goes south She puts me in her mouth Or strikes up a pose And puts…

Traveller’s manual

Behold this book title: Traveller’s Manual for French Persons in Germany and German Persons in France. Such clarity of purpose! This was a French-German phrase book Published in 1799 in France by one Caroline-Stephanie-Felicite Du Crest de Saint-Aubin. Learnt about this remarkable manual from another more contemporary book I have been reading, The Discovery of…

Actually, to be honest …

I hear this phrase often from people and immediately start wondering if their normal mode of speech is dishonesty and in this instance they are favoring me with honesty. The phrase itself is usually just a verbal tick–a watered down conspirational tone–to draw others to one’s side. To be honest, it is best avoided.

Updates on blogging, SF book

I feel obliged to inform you of the reason for the paucity of posts on this blog. I have been busy for the past six months on a startup (software) which has swallowed all my spare time like a blackhole eating light. The gravitational well I have fallen seems to be too deep to send…

Middle-ground

When we are young, we have it easy. Unfounded confidence and untested convictions informed much of my muddling through as I tried growing up. Whether I have grown up or have just aged is open to interpretation. In any case, I am not young anymore. As I near middle-age, inevitably, I keep looking out for…

I am out of Facebook

The name Facebook comes from college yearbooks where photos of classmates are stuck and things are scribbled on. The scribblings are some(many?)times deeply regretted later in life. As most of you who read this may already know, Zuckerberg who started Facebook is young and reckless (not unusual in itself, but his success with Facebook is).…

Teeth

Bare bones to grind food inside our head.

Science and Literature

Trying to place science and literature in their proper places in my head. The story so far… If Science is an undertaking to find Absolute Truths, then what is Literature with a dominant scientific theme (like Ian McEwan’s Solar or E. O. Wilson’s Anthill)? Literature can’t take the place of science in leading us to…