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Malnad Musings III - Manjarabad Fort

Here're PartsIandII btw.

Life at Chipzilla is fun and challenging and all that, but all the more challenging is to adapt to a whole new lifestyle. My routine after I joined work is simply that of moving from one seat to another – starting from the toilet seat in the morning to the chair in my cube and then the chair at home in front of the TV or the PC. I wear shorts to meet relatives and friends, my idea of a good meal has changed from Pallkhi to Barbeque Nation, I prefer Vajra buses to regular blue-coloured BMTC buses and I’ve developed a slight paunch thanks to this sedentary lifestyle and my default mail client is MS Outlook! I’m slowly becoming The Bangalore techie...

The weekdays were getting hectic and the weekends equally boring. I was itching to get out of the city and the Skandagiri night trek was just what the doctor ordered to kick me from my slumber. A weekend visit to Hassan after the Skandagiri weekend proved to be another weekend well-spent…

Sakaleshpur in Hassan dist…

Desktop Calendar - November 2010

Photo taken at Skandagiri(or KaLawarabeTTa) near ChikkabaLLapur. 

Feels good to fill this space after a long time.

May God Help Me - Farewell NITK

The NITK Chapter is officially closed. As Bangaloreans, we have had plenty of rants against college. But after the exodus dawns the epiphany that things weren't so miserable at NITK after all. Now that I'm back home, I've been able to see the very thin silver lining beneath those very, very dark clouds that made these past four years pretty rough.

The Department:

After a fairly successful series of exams(barring the JEE of course!), I landed up in a class of 73 other souls, who, like me, had screwed up just the one exam but had fared pretty well in the AIEEE and landed in the most sought-after branch in the most sought-after NIT, only behind the IITs and BITS Pilani. Although I felt from the curriculum book when I first looked at it that our courses were very well-structured, I must admit that quite a few of them were mostly rote-mugging courses sugar-coated to sound cool. The Department and Its Presiding Diety always kept us on our toes. Assignments, projects or those excru…

The Muted Moderate

All the hype surrounding MNIK and the SRK-Kajol factor got me to watch the movie (and later rue the 2h40m spent), especially irritating was the central idea which the viewer is reminded of, every five minutes as the movie unfolded, rather painfully at that, and that is, of course - His name is Khan(from the
epiglottis :P) and that he’s not a terrorist. What got me thinking was why the same line was being repeated, reinforced and re-stated, over and over again!

Maybe there was something else to it apart from just bad dialogue. Maybe it was just an overtly dramatic way of saying that every Muslim on the street isn’t a terrorist or encourages terrorism.

Where is the voice of the moderate Muslim? Why is it that people draw a picture of a bearded fanatic when we hear the word ’Muslim’ ? Why can’t we instead picture the neighbouring Ali Uncle, who takes the bus to work at a regular office? Why do some fanatic Maulvis who decry almost anything(a fatwa on trading in the stock market?! You got…

Detachment Theory

A psychological and evolutionary theory that attempts at explaining human behaviour is the Attachment Theory, mainly propounded by a John Bowlby, whose basic tenet is that infants need to develop a relationship with atleast one parent or a caretaker for its natural development to occur smoothly. This relationship, that Bowlby talks of, exists mainly between the 'caregivers' and infants aged 6 months to 2 years old. Bowlby published the full theory in his trilogy Attachment and Loss, and his Attachment theory has since become "the dominant approach to understanding early social development, and has given rise to a great surge of empirical research into the formation of children's close relationships". 

While this theory does supposedly explain attachment of infants with their 'caregivers', what still eludes my mind is the nature of the myriad other attachments we have, all of which affect our behaviour, and psychological state equally, or maybe even more th…

How trains in India came to have toilets

We and our bowels should all be grateful to this Okhil Chandra Sen for this wonderfully written letter, the aftermath of which saw our train compartments have toilets. :)

The letter has been preserved for posterity in the Railway Museum in New Delhi.