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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What is the truth of India’s Partition?

What is the truth of India’s Partition?

There are three players on the Indian side Gandhi, Nehru and Jinnah who played deciding role in the partition of India, all of them studied law in Britain and came back to serve India. Gandhi left his suits and became Mahatma preaching his non-violent method for fighting British rule, Nehru was the charming man close to Gandhi and Jinnah a rational and intellectual man. Important actors on the British side were Churchill, Atlee, Wavell and Mountbatten. The clamor to  independent…

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Trek to Kudremukh Peak

Trek to Kudremukh Peak

Last trek that I had been to was to Nagalapuram in 2013 and it been sort of long hiatus. Back then when I was young and free I used to figure out some time and indulge in nature’s bounty. Its been more that three and half years I got married and to make matters a little complicated my wife does not share similar interests as mine. I think this feeling as mutual as she would also say the same thing….

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An Insignificant Man – Ek Chota Aadmi

An Insignificant Man – Ek Chota Aadmi

Arvind Kejriwal said that “Mein ek chota aadmi hoon” when he defeated Sheila Dikshit for the first time. The deed in itself was not small, Sheila Dikshit has been ruling Delhi for three consecutive terms for last 15 years. I have not been close to Delhi but like many others have been following the whole uprising that had broken out with Jan Lokpal Bill, Nirbhaya and culmination of Arvind Kejriwal forming a party called Aam Aadmi Party. It was nothing…

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Is the future “Electric Vehicles”

Is the future “Electric Vehicles”

Recently there has been a lot of hype with regards to Electric Vehicles and Indian government is pushing towards it. India imports 80% of the Oil requirement and import bills have been $70 Billion (2016-2017) and estimated to raise to $86 Billion (2017-2018). It seems very imperative for Indian government to reduce the dependency on Oil which will help in improving the foreign reserves as well strengthen the economy. India as a country is hugely dependent on Thermal Power and…

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Can we add revenue and improve traffic?

Can we add revenue and improve traffic?

As per website of Bangalore Traffic Police there are around 336 junctions across Bangalore City. I am assuming among these atleast 200 would have signal. Let’s also assume that each of these works only between 9 AM in the morning until 9PM in the night which is 12 hours in a day. Now in order to make calculations easier, the signals are set for 120 seconds and each of these signals are four ways. On an average during these 120…

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