Combating The Plastic Problem

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Hey there readers. It has been a long time since I wrote anything here. And I thought it is finally time to write something. This post is about plastics. And on World Environment Day, I thought I will share some of my thoughts on how to combat the plastic menace.

Happy World Environment Day!

Happy World Environment Day!

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Is Google The New Microsoft and Microsoft The New IBM?

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Oh yes, I am finally back! 11 months after my last article, and after merging the old ReflectionsPN blog with this, it is time to pen another post. This time it is on the technological power transplantation from Google to Microsoft. Enjoy the post!

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Gender Equality is Still a Big Fat Myth

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We say men and women are equal. They have equal rights, they are treated equally in the eyes of the law – this and many more such things are said to prove that we don’t discriminate between the two genders.

However, I always pondered over the question, “How much of this is true?” Have we really attained gender equality as a society? Or is it just a myth? The aftermath of the December 16 Delhi gangrape incident reaffirmed these questions in my mind.

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Welcome to a new beginning

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Hello dear reader

Some of you might know me from my old blog, ReflectionsPN which ran for the past 18 months and racked up over 35000 hits. I personally feel that I messed up the blog by bringing about too many changes, making too many complex interface changes, forcing other people to write (and me not writing) and in short messing it up.

With the new year approaching us in less than 2 days, it is time to start afresh. I have gone with a clean interface, minimal jazz in the sidebar and this will be of course written only by me. I haven’t yet thought of any snazzy name for it so for now, it is just my name. More important, of course, is the matter which gets posted to a blog. A blog expresses the opinion of the writer and this is what I will do here as well :)

I encourage you to put forth your views as well in the comments and have a healthy discussion. I hope you have a good time here. Here’s to a new year and a new blog!

Happy 2013!

Reflections On The Indian Education Sector

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September 5. Teachers’ Day. Well, at least in this part of the world, it is a day where we honour our teachers or gurus (गुरवः), bestow lavish praise on them for making us who we are, show them our love through cards, emails (snail mail anyone?) or gifts and then (sadly) promptly forget about them the next day and return to the daily rut. Moreover, we hear the screaming voices of Rajdeep Sardesai and Arnab Goswami (and a tiny, hardly heard Vikram Chandra) shouting their lungs out on how pitiable the education sector is and how teachers in the not-so-fortunate societies are laughable (and unfairly blaming the teachers). And what is the story a day after? Yes, you guessed it. 2G, 3G, Coalgate (not the toothpaste) etc. Continue reading

G. Veda Vyass and Vishnu Supreet – “I am an Engineer *sigh*”

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You all must be knowing G. Veda Vyass from the three posts he has written for us as a guest contributor. He is back again with an incisive post on higher education in the field of engineering in India. And, this time, he has written it along with his good friend, Vishnu Supreet. Vishnu too is an engineering student at Amrita University in Coimbatore. He likes computer hardware, is a die-hard Manchester United supporter and reads a lot of novels. Now, the stage is set for both of them to express their views. And, don’t forget to read their blogs too (Veda Vyass and Vishnu Supreet). And please let us know your views in the comments!

Cheers!!

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