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If you have a Netflix subscription, stop reading this blog and watch this Oscar winner, the best documentary short of the year – Period. End of Sentence (2018). It is about female menstruation and the taboo associated with it, even among girls it is a subject that’s often shunned at.  Set in Hapur village outside Delhi, the 26-minute film was about making people talk about it –  both the men and the women, the young…

TEDxChennai is one of those independently organised TED events that happen around the world. This is the event’s sixth year in running in Chennai, and my second year of attending a TED event. Read here for TEDxChennai 2018. The event organization was better than last year. For every talk, each speaker’s name slide had personalised clipart made in the traditional Tamil style of Kolam, by talented artist Udhaya Sankar. The organizers have done an appreciable…

Dr Upinder Singh,  Professor of History, Ashoka University, Sonepat is known for her scholarly works on Ancient India, including her recent book “Political Violence in Ancient India” (video) in which she talks of the myth of a nonviolent India created in the last century. She is the daughter of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, a fact she hardly publicises about. Today, there was a talk of her organised at the Museum Theatre, Egmore by…

This is getting tiresome! Time and again, the two largest political parties in India, the Congress and the BJP (along with the numerous regional parties) have accused the winners of Electronic Voting Machines (#EVM) frauds. As an Electronics Engineer and a practising Software Engineer, I haven’t seen till now any convincing proof of a mass-scale hacking or technology holes in the EVMs made in #India. A truly transparent and fraud-proof method of electing leaders will…

I am not able to believe myself. While in Indore this week, I undertook an adventure ride – my first on a zip-line. A FOAF’s (Friend of a friend) farmhouse which I was lucky to get invited had two zip lines, a shorter distance one for beginners’ to practise and get rid of their fear, and the second was over a longer distance and on top of a running canal below. Normally, I am terrified by…