For all things to be said of no larger consequence, there’s facebook. For everything else, here are my notes.


ಸೋಲಿಗ ಸಿರಿ/Soliga Siri

Posted by on May 30, 2020 in Notes | 0 comments

I have been wanting to upload this book written by Somasundaram and Jade Gowda about various aspects of the day-to-day life of the Soliga people (ಜನಜೀವನ), their folk-songs (ಜಾನಪದ), some extracts of their cultural heritage (ಪರಂಪರೆ) and reflections on the theme of world peace based on the Adivasi culture. The first author has literally built (along with Dr. Sudarshan and various other people) the Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra in BR Hills, an organisation that has been working with the Soliga people in the...

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Bird Brains Open Quiz @ Bangalore Bird Day 2019

Posted by on Jan 5, 2020 in Notes | 0 comments

Bird Brain: The Open Bird Quiz announced on the Bangalore Bird Day 2019 site Since 2016, Bangalore has had the distinction of hosting the Bangalore Bird Day every year. This year, they introduced a Bird Quiz which was put together by L Shyamal & me. The quiz had an enthusiastic participation with over 50 teams of two who took up the written prelims, followed by a very engaging finals. With Shyamal’s help. we hopefully achieved the important aim of making the quiz as much fun as it was competitive and engaging. ...

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An anthem for the times: Madara’s Tukde Tukde gang

Posted by on Dec 30, 2019 in Campaigns, Notes, Poetry | 2 comments

Nothing like music to communicate the anger and passion which sparks within. As the year winds down and the anger runs high, hip-hop artist Rahul Negi, who raps under the name Madara has released what I think will find a huge following among the political churning ongoing among several young people in the country. The rap communicates what has been said in many ways in the last months to year: that a manipulative, divisive and malicious narrative of pitting people against one another will eventually be exposed for what it is. The...

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The puddle in the mind

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 in Notes | 2 comments

A lotus bloomed over a puddle Glistening in the morning sun. A cheer to the shepard and to the maiden alike, While the fisherman pondered on.   A lesser plant, never seen, A strangled seed never green, Another lotus born together But never deserving any cheer.   What makes one a lotus What strangles the seed unborn What of the broken weed Which shall only get a scorn.   Is it the puddle’s devious design Or the perseverance of the lotus fine Or the divisive eye of the human That a lotus blooms While the weed is...

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Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Notes | 1 comment

What’s wrong with death sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor. Death is not the enemy gentlemen. If we’re going to fight a disease, let’s fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, indifference. – Patch Adams (in the movie) played by Robin Williams Robin Williams, a brilliant actor who pulled off comic roles so naturally in Hollywood movies committed suicide earlier today. One of his better known movies,...

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Health system regulation in India

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Notes | 3 comments

 The medical establishment has become a threat to health – Ivan Illich begins his book “Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis” (1975) with these lines Going by recent events, Illich’s trenchant criticism of Western medical establishments is also pertinent to healthcare in India. First, there was Aamir Khan’s Satyameva Jayate TV episode on corruption in India’s healthcare sector, which provoked anger at the system and discomfort at (what some felt was) his sanctimonious treatment of the issue. Then, the entry,...

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Yali’s ponder and the “new” world

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 in Notes | 0 comments

The appellation New world says it all about the Americas; that this landmass was a world that was not known to have existed before the old world. What made Americas new? And for whom was it new? And why were they discovered so late? Sea-faring across oceans was after all older than the 15th century (see Thor Heyrdahl’s amazing reproduction of possible Polynesian expeditions, the Kon tiki expedtion) when Columbus discovered America, no? Indeed, the unravelling of this appellation New World helps us understand the causes and...

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Remembering Hitchens

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Notes | 0 comments

  Today would have been Christopher Hitchens’ 63rd birthday. He died young. A few more years would have certainly produced more than a fair share of good debates and provocatively enlightening reactions that were characteristic of Hitchens; youtube is full of many such.  There are somewhat short remembrances by the usual suspects. Vanity fair, where he was a contributing editor has a very short introduction to him with a link to an “extensive archive of his works”.  The  richard dawkins foundation may have forgotten...

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Pat’s at it again

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 in Notes | 0 comments

Pat Robertson’s at it again! In this super-funny post on whyevolutionistrue which linked to a talk show with Pat Robertson, that famous televangelist and now a chancellor of his own university, he answers a question on “Why are there miracles for Africans but not Americans?” hinting at possible links to Ivy League education and teaching of Evolution. I immediately recalled Bill Maher’s reference to Pat Robertson’s “Diploma mill” which apparently produced  all those brilliant people in the Bush...

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Posted by on Mar 17, 2013 in Notes | 2 comments

A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbour – such is my idea of happiness.” – Leo Tolstoy from Family Happiness It is mid-March and the Belgian spring has no inclination towards emerging from the clutches of the winter. Yes, the days are getting longer and skies are getting bluer, but the...

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