• Bhagavad Gita,  Philosophy

    Nature takes the path of least resistance

    Nature takes the path of least resistance. If you look at a rivulet or a stream of water flowing through mountains, it will find its way through earth by taking the path of least resistance. It will change its course if it finds a huge boulder in its way. But it will eventually reach the sea by flowing. Similarly, air & fire too act in nature. Even animals are bound by their nature and act.  Humans are born on this earth so that they can excel in life and reach the Supreme through the path of least resistance. But many times we think that life is difficult and we are…

  • India

    Why India should change its fiscal year

    When I was in school, I heard that India’s fiscal year start’s on 1 April because India is a agrarian economy and the harvesting season happens in April. But now I think it could be 1 April because UK has it’s fiscal year on 1 April, and after Independence, we might have preferred to simply keep it that way. But I think we should change the fiscal year to either 1 January or 1 October. Or we could keep start our fiscal year on Diwali, the way Stock market begins it’s new year. But why should we change it? Because majority of development work at center, state and municipality level…

  • Book Reviews

    Book Review of Being Hindu

    Being Hindu is a book written by Hindol Sengupta. The author has put forward his ideas properly with a solid research. He also expresses his personal life honestly which engages the reader from time to time. On a personal note, I agree to most or all of the views expressed by the author in the book. In fact, I had similar observations that Hindol has mentioned in one of his chapters. Example: I never understood why there would ever be a conflict between Hinduism and Science. I know that the Church did not like Galileo for his views but I don’t think that our temples would ever deny the statements…

  • India

    Why writers are returning their awards

    What will you do when your job is threatened and you can no longer do your work freely that you have been enjoying for your whole life? What if you are threatened of dire consequences just because you were doing your work the way you want to do it? What if you cannot roam freely because of your vocation? Do you sit at home or change your vocation? What if your views are disagreeable to others and that prevents you from doing your job properly, and sometimes even threaten your existence? I am sure many of us can’t even imagine these situations because of the mediocre boring jobs that we…

  • Technology

    Uber awesomeness!

    I am using Uber for this whole week and not using my personal car at all. I want to see the benefits of using Uber vs. driving your own car. It has been fairly established that  Uber is more cost effective than  buying a new car. But this blog is intended for those who already own a car and are driving it just because they own the car. I will do a cost comparison for that later. But I wanted to first highlight advantages of using UberX. Note: These observations are from India and some of these might not work elsewhere. Also, these views are based on current rates of Uber. Not…

  • Mobile,  Technology

    Connect Mobile Phone headphones to mac mini for using microphone

    Mac mini has only two ports – one for headphones and other for Line In. If we connect the generic headphone to Line In port, Mac does not detect it as a headphone. Hence lot of people have suggested online to use a battery powered headphone or a usb mic or a connection from preamp to use a mic. Another alternative is to use the headphones that come with your mobile phone handset. You use these headphones to listen songs and also to answer voice calls. Connect this headphone to the headphone port of Mac mini and your headphone and microphone, both will work on mac.

  • Technology

    Predictions for hardware devices for 2016-2017

    When I wanted to buy my first laptop in 2010, two screen sizes were popular during that time – 11″ and 14″. I really wanted to buy a Dell 13″ Vostro laptop as it was the perfect size for portability and office use though I felt it was bit small for software development. But 13″ laptops were very very expensive in 2010 and I bought  a 15.6″ for more screen space than 14″. But today, 13.3″ laptops have become mainstream, thanks to Apple Macbook Air, and lot of companies are launching laptops with 13.3″ size. When I bought my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in December 2012, almost everyone went aghast…

  • Technology

    How Internet teaches us to be more responsible

     Man has always wanted to be part of group since the beginning of time. That is how civilizations grew. But to be part of a group you have to adhere to some rules and regulations. Only then you could be admitted in the group. The group could be a society, town, village, city or country. But if you had to be part of the group you need to adhere to the rules, whether you like it or not. Man also has responsibility not to do wrong actions towards others. There are different type of people in the world and some people want to help others and some people want to…

  • Music

    Vaishnava Jana To

    This bhajan by Narsinh Mehta was the favourite bhajan by Mahatma Gandhi. It is in Gujarati and describes the qualities of an ideal Vaishnava (Vishnu bhakta). The translation of the bhajan in Hindi and English is given very well at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaishnava_Jana_To#Lyrics The Original Hymn Vaishnav Jan to taynay kahyeeye,Jay peerh paraayee janney rayPar dukkhey upkar karey,Toyey man abhiman na anney ray.Sakal lokma sahuney vandey,Ninda na karey kainee rayVaach kaach, man nischal raakhey,Dhan-dhan jananee tainee ray.Samdristhi nay trishna tyagee,Par-stree jaynay mat rayJivaah thaki asatya na bolay,Par-dhan nav jhaley haath ray.Moh maya vyaapey nahin jeyney,Drud vairagya jeyna manma rayRam-naam-shoon taalee laagee,Sakal teerth teyna tanma ray.Vanalobhee ney kapatrahith chey,Kaam, krodh nivarya…

  • Book Reviews

    Review of Book – Talks on The Gita by Acharya Vinoba Bhave

    Link for the book (HTML online): http://www.mkgandhi.org/talksongita/talk_gita.htmE-Book (PDF): http://www.mkgandhi.org/ebks/talks_on_the_gita.pdf ‘Talks on The Gita’ or ‘Gita Pravachane’ are a series of talks delivered by Acharya Vinoba Bhave in 1932 in Dhule jail where Vinoba had been incarcerated by the British for his participation in the freedom movement. In the note from the publisher of this book: Vinoba agreed to give a talk every Sunday and delivered 18 talks on the 18 Chapters. P.S. Sane alias Sane Guruji, a great writer and freedom-fighter, wrote them down in long hand. There was no question of their being taped and their publication was also not thought of. In fact, Vinoba had given talks on the Gita many…