Are you really Free? Determinism in a Free World

“Why do events—the record of which we call history—occur as they do? Is all chaos and accident? Or is there some single, central vision, some unifying principle, which can explain the immense variety of human actions on a battlefield, or in the history of a nation?” – Isaiah Berlin Determinism Van Inwagen defines determinism very… Read more »

Steve Jobs: the one who saw things differently.

The world looks at Steve Jobs and sees an innovator, leader, legend. I see the man who built his career around challenging the status quo. Jonathan Moss had once said, Steve Jobs was born out of wedlock, put up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college, then changed the world. What’s your excuse? He… Read more »

How taxation works: Barstool Economics

Taxes are not much of a debated topic in India and understandably they are not much understood. I found a piece that explains the concept accurately and puts the economic jargon in terms that we understand. PS: If you don’t want to read the whole post, just scroll down and watch the video. Here is the… Read more »

The Great Indian Bulshit: Lokpal, Aarakshan and more

This post is about the idea of India and how people just keep fighting about stuff doesn’t even matter. Or more about the insignificant perspective. Lets take the recent JanLokpal Movement as an example. The whole movement and its support base was rational in the start but become more around the symbolism associated with it… Read more »

Esya 2011: IIITD’s first TechFest

New things are always good and especially when you are a part of it. The past month has been so much fun and hard work both for me personally and for everyone else involved with the TechFest. And why is that? Well, coz my college, IIIT Delhi is organizing it’s first ever technical fest from… Read more »

Let’s Free ourselves from Hate this Independence day

 In psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud defined hate as an ego state that wishes to destroy the source of its unhappiness. More recently, the Penguin Dictionary of Psychology defines hate as a “deep, enduring, intense emotion expressing animosity, anger, and hostility towards a person, group, or object.” Because hatred is believed to be long-lasting, many psychologists consider it to be more of an… Read more »

5 Reasons why JanLokpal Bill is not the solution

I just want to clarify right from the start, I am against corruption as much as anyone else is. So, stop calling me a traitor and open your mind to accept that other sides to a problem can also exist. So, lets start with What will the Janlok Pal Bill do? The idea is to… Read more »

Ushahidi: Social media tool that helped Mumbai fight Terror

Some of you had asked me the reason for my silence on the Mumbai blasts. Well I have’t said anything coz frankly, I am sick of abusing the netas, the babus and the idiots who vote them to power. No, not this time. This time we are going to try and make a difference. Today,… Read more »

NextDrop.org: Innovative solution to India’s water supply problem

What is NextGen Drops? NextGen Drops is an initiative by UC Berkeley School of Information, Goldman School of Public Policy and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. It solves a very basic problem related to the water supply to our homes. Problem NextDrop aims to address India’s piped water problem. The main issue with our towns… Read more »

Govt wants to Civilize the Jarawa: Don’t impose Choices!

Jarawa of the Andaman’s are one of the most primitive tribes of India. They have been untouched by most of humanity and still continue to live their nomadic life. Infact when the first ‘civilized’ people set foot in the Andamans (i.e. the British to construct the Cellular Jail aka Kala Pani) most of the Andaman… Read more »