“Badhaai Ho” – Movie review

“Badhaai Ho” – Movie review

For the uninitiated ones “Badhaai Ho” means congratulations in Hindi and many other Indian languages mostly spoken in the northern part of the country. I don’t review movies normally and this review is actually the first one here. Generally I tend to like movies that bring out stories that are local and brings about stories that are not out of this world but one that people can relate to. There were days when such movies were called parallel cinemas which…

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The Most Intricate and Beautiful Machines

The Most Intricate and Beautiful Machines

Humans have made a huge number of machines from Space Station, Fighter Jets, Aeroplane, Cars, computers, mobile phones, medical instruments like MRI, scanners, ultrasounds, stents and countless more. The technological innovations have grown and there is an amazing story that can be traced back from hunter gatherers to current day metropolises of today. But the most intricate and beautiful machines are not the ones that are created by us. These are ones that are created by nature. At the current…

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Goqii Tracker: Teardown of 2015 Model

Goqii Tracker: Teardown of 2015 Model

I had bought a Goqii Tracker and it was lying for a while unused. I had lost the charger somewhere. So I opened it today and here is a teardown analysis with pictures. I bought it for 2000 rupees and it looks like this   GOQii Vital – Colour Display Blood Pressure Monitor with 3 Months Personal Coaching, Adult (Black) The rubber band sits the mechanical in pouch sort of thing. The mechanical casing houses the all the electronics and…

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The Strange Case of Rat Smell in my car

The Strange Case of Rat Smell in my car

I used to own a Maruti Alto and few years back while it was in the basement parking of my flat, there was a adventurous rat who got inside the my hood with something to eat. There is a hole that  rat ventured into and unfortunately it got stuck and met its end. The rat started to decompose in some time and there was strong smell in the car. I searched all over my car but couldn’t find one. I…

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Twisted world of Colors for Color Blinds

Twisted world of Colors for Color Blinds

Color blindness is widespread but the awareness around it isn’t that great. In India color blindness leads to rejection in any defence related jobs be it Army, Air Force or Navy. A color blind is disqualified in mining related jobs as well. Just until last year people with Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) were not allowed to be doctors as per MCI rules. There has been some hearing in Supreme Court to pave the way for students with CVD not to…

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Rise of the Attention Merchants

Rise of the Attention Merchants

Attention Merchants is a book written by Tin Wu, haven’t read the book but liked the idea so much that I was convinced there is something I wanted to write about it. This is my take on the ever growing debate of technology and human lives. The amount of money and time spent of today’s world to gain “Human Attention” is so huge that companies like Google, Facebook and others have become in 10-15 years the huge corporations  creating monopolies…

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How to Make Use of Time While Driving in Bangalore !!

How to Make Use of Time While Driving in Bangalore !!

I am a reluctant car driver living in Bangalore, India. Never loved driving or going on a long drive, prefer if it being driven by a friend and me enjoying the ride looking out, probably helping with directions (very bad at it though :-)). I have been driving on and off from 2009 and in these years I would not have clocked more than 15K KMs mileage. That makes it an average of under 2K/year which is not a lot….

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Bigbasket – What are you smoking?

Bigbasket – What are you smoking?

I had ordered groceries from Bigbasket sometime last week. The total bill was around 1500 INR. Unfortunately I was away during the scheduled delivery window and was not picking up call of my apartment security thinking a spam call. Bigbasket calls me in and puts the delivery guy on conference call. I requested him to ask the security person if they can leave stuff with him. The security guy agreed and maybe the delivery guy was not very happy and…

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The Nuking Orders and chain of command

The Nuking Orders and chain of command

The world has not seen a lot of nuclear attack except the one’s at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan near the end of Second World War. Harry S Truman was the President of United States of America at that point of time. After billions of dollar of investment and thousands of hours of research and development, USA had a bomb that was not merely a bomb but weapon of mass destruction which can lead to complete annihilation. The call of…

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Trolley Problem and Autonomous Vehicles

Trolley Problem and Autonomous Vehicles

Trolley Problem is a famous thought experiment in Ethics and behavioral economics and psychology have been using this for a while. There are many versions of the problem but lets take few examples. There is a trolley barreling down on the railway track and there are five workers busy working on the track. The trolley is moving towards them. You are standing near to a lever and if you pull this lever the trolley switches to different track but that…

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