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To You

STRANGER! if you, passing, meet me, and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you? Walt Whitman (1819–1892).  Leaves of Grass.  1900.

23andMe RAW DNA Data

Today Hindu fundamentalists are redefining terms such as "Hindu", "Hinduism", and legitimizing violence in the name of ancestry, DNA tests can come to our aid and help us understand how are all linked to one another.  These tests also helps us understand the inbreeding that has taken place in our community in the name of caste. As

The Intersection

I am a podcast addict. I cannot do any house chores unless I am listening to an audio book or a podcast. A couple of months ago I came across The Intersection. As their website puts it, Every fortnight, The Intersection narrates stories that meld culture, science and history in India. Through

Why do people honk so much in India?

Yes, this is a question many people ask, including Indians. Over the last decade I have deeply thought about this confounding question and I think I have an answer. India a country where the society vehemently controls and sometimes even rejects the strongest of the human instincts - sex. The society

Is routine the killer?

Please watch the video before you read further. The journey is inspiring. The video communicates the charm of the experience quite well. The take away message of the video is emphasized in multiple times - routine is the enemy of time and it has to be disrupted. For the life to

What can we learn from Pitcher plants?

Pitcher plants stay in one place but hunt moving creatures by their art of lethal attraction. Some of the pitcher plants consume small rodents, snakes, and insects in whole. But not all of the plants nitrogen needs are met by the food it consumes. Hence it has evolved to attract

The memory game

Many of my friends brag about their children's capability to identify cars from a distance. Some are such experts that they can name a car just by its engine sound. I am impressed. I am glad that children have developed such memory. Even I was fascinated by, if not obsessed with,  cars during

Open Defecation – Government is the culprit

Delhi Metro is an ambitious project costing thousands of crores. Yesterday I walked out of IIT-Delhi hostel gate and saw a group of workers working behind the barricade of Delhi Metro, near the flyover. It was about 6:15pm. I walked to the group of workers who were getting out of a huge pit. A brief

Difference between UC-E17 and UC-E6 USB cables

My Fujifilm x100s, my earlier Nikon D7100, and my new Nikon D750 don't have a micro or mini USB connectors on them. Hence one needs to use a special cable. While Fuji just calls it as an USB cable, Nikon has fancy names for these cables. The names of the USB cables

Clock Reset Icon Mystery – Nikon D750

On day 1 of getting my new Nikon D750, I made several changes to the default factory settings. Several icons lit up on the back LCD screen when I pressed "Info" button.  But the presence of "Clock Reset" icon worried me. Even after 10 days, it just stayed there. According to the user manual,