A Gift of Passion: Wrapped in Run is a book by Hemanta Pati. Mr. Pati is an insurance professional with a long and successful career with public and private sector firms in the insurance industry. Writing had been a childhood passion of Pati’s which got sidelined for many years; first in the quest for better academic performance, then by the search for a job and later by the need to build a successful career. At this late stage in his career Mr. Pati rediscovers two of his passions – one for sports and the other for writing. This book is him telling us through his second passion how he is living his first passion; and so titled ‘A Gift of Passion: Wrapped in Run’.Continue reading “‘A Gift of Passion: Wrapped in Run’ – A Book Review”
This article is not a review of the book ‘Brave New World’, but is my reaction to the ideas presented in the book. While the book is said to be dystopian, presenting a worst case scenario society could go to, I found the world described in ‘Brave New World’ a far cry from dystopia and even a happy one to be in. Here, I describe this brave new world, explain why it didnt strike me as dystopian and lastly, whether we would ever go towards such a society. In the last section, I think about how the rise of Information Technology, unknown to the world when the novel was written, has abetted or hindered the world toward a society imagined in the novel.Continue reading “Factory produced Humans ? A reaction to ‘Brave new world’”
Caste based reservation in higher education and employment in India has always been a hotly contested topic in the country. We hear passionate accounts from people who believe they have been wronged by an unjust system. I have heard many arguments against reservation on social media and from my friends but reserved judgement for I knew that there was an alternative narrative that I wasn’t exposed to. As Prof. Satish Deshpande, Professor of Sociology at Delhi School of Economics puts it, “Everyone in India has an opinion on the caste based reservation system and their own reasons for it”. In this article, I argue why caste based reservation is not a mistake as made out by many and why in fact, the current system is inadequate to remove inequity.
It was 10:30 PM on June 30th 2017. The city of Delhi stretched its weary legs and welcomed the cold night after a long summer day with temperatures well above 40oC. But, unlike its not-so-upmarket neighbours, Lutyens Delhi was unusually abuzz with activity. White Hindustan Motors’ Ambassadors, the ubiquitous symbol around corridors of power in India, zoomed by roads lined with security personnel. The circular Central hall of Parliament was lit just as beautifully as it was on a midnight seventy years ago when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru announced from a podium in the hall the awakening of a nation to life and freedom.Beneath the intricately designed dome of the hall sat a galaxy of India’s most prominent men and women.
The Padma Awards, instituted in the year 1954, is announced every year on the occasion of Republic Day. It is one of the two civilian awards instituted by the Government of India, the other being the Bharat Ratna. The Padma award is given in three categories: Continue reading “Padma Awards 2017 – All you need to know”
I like putting out statements during my lectures and elicit reactions from the students. The other day I declared, “Nationalism has been the cause for all wars”.Continue reading “Nationalism – An idea whose time has come…….to go”
The coming of the internet was seen as the end of informational asymmetry as information would now be freely accessible to all without bias. It was to be the independence from the hegemony of media channels which used to (and still) selectively air or not air news. Internet broke open these gates, giving us access to the information we wanted. Or, did it?