A non-techie’s journey towards 21st century literacy

A non-techie’s journey towards 21st century literacy

I love the technology space. In the last few years, my passion for the technology space has become all consuming – I read and read, learn & even build a little. The reasons why I have fallen for technology so much are a quite a few – it’s a fascinating field both because the pace at which it evolves but also the sheer impact it has made on the lives of human beings. It has continuously disrupted age old businesses while creating…

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Moving back to Mumbai after a decade: First impressions

Moving back to Mumbai after a decade: First impressions

We left Mumbai in August 2004 and my work has carried us back here after almost a decade. Life has changed a lot in these 10 years – first, ofcourse we have contributed our fair share to the India growth story; me and my wife have gone from being a couple to having a couple of kids. As we settle down, I cant help but notice the small things that are different about our life in this city: both compared to…

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How Mooc will change the world of education?

How Mooc will change the world of education?

I have been experimenting with MOOC courses for some time and felt will share what I feel about them. For the uninitiated (and there may not be many left), MOOC or massive open online courses, are online distance courses meant for unlimited students, using a mix of reading materials, videos, exercises, assignments and characterized by student discussion forums with high interactivity. I am on my third course now and my verdict is simple and short. MOOC’s are the future of…

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Fossil fuels – global proven reserves: Basic facts & figures

Fossil fuels – global proven reserves: Basic facts & figures

Lets look at a few critical aspects about the proven reserves (those that be can extracted with reasonable certainty from an economic and technological feasibility perspective). Bulk of the energy across the world is still generated using the fossil fuels – oil, gas and coal. How much of proven reserves do we have of each type of fossil fuels? Lets first take a look at how much proven reserves do we have of each type in terms of share of total….

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Non-fossil energy resources: basic facts and figures

Non-fossil energy resources: basic facts and figures

For all the attention they receive, it is clear that non fossil sources of energy still are a long way off from overtaking the fossil fuels across the globe. Contribution of non fossil energy resources to total global annual energy consumption   As you can see from the chart below, non fossil fuels still contribute below 15% of total energy consumption across the globe. Hydro-power with a 7% leads the family of non fossils. The projections as per BP for…

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Fossil fuels – global consumption patterns: Basic facts & figures

Fossil fuels – global consumption patterns: Basic facts & figures

Some useful and simple facts about global energy consumption patterns. Split of energy consumption by fuel type Fossil fuels still make up upwards of 85% of total energy consumed across the world. Hydro-power currently has the biggest share of non fossil fuels with a 7% share.                 The worrying fact to me however is that when you look at BP’s projections for 2035, the non fossil fuels contribution is only expected to go…

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Are these Hollywood reel life cliches reflective of the real life?

Are these Hollywood reel life cliches reflective of the real life?

Have you actively noticed cliches used in movies? Sample this: Male Character: “I’m going in”. Female Character: “I’m coming with you”. Male Character: “No, it’s too dangerous”. Or have you noticed that in scenes of death, a cough is usually sufficient to indicate terminal illness. The list is endless but here I want to talk about some particular ones that I see in American movies and wonder if they are an example of real life feeding reel life or the vice versa.

A short and simple summary of the Bhagwad Gita

A short and simple summary of the Bhagwad Gita

Have you ever looked for a short and simple summary of the Bhagwad Gita because you found reading the Gita itself pretty overwhelming? I have been interested in reading the Bhagwad Gita for many years, always wondering about the precious life truths hidden inside that has made it the most venerable and respected guide-to-true-living as far as the Hindus go.

Help your kids visualize the awesome vastness of the solar system and the universe

Help your kids visualize the awesome vastness of the solar system and the universe

Have you tried explaining to your kids how vast the solar system and the universe beyond is? Chances are you have felt challenged to do so. You need special tools to be able to comprehend how big the universe is. This is because it is very (very^infinite) huge. There are two issues involved. The numbers are always very big and we don’t see those sizes / distances in the immediate world we live in. Compared to the size of the heavenly bodies,…

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Solar system and beyond: Compare sizes, distances and masses of astronomical bodies

Solar system and beyond: Compare sizes, distances and masses of astronomical bodies

I have often wished I could find facts and numbers about the solar system and beyond in one place. For example, data on size, distance and mass about the most commonly talked about heavenly bodies. Or alternatively, relative comparisons between them? Sample these questions that often hit me. How big is the Milky way? How much bigger is it in comparison to our solar system? How many earths is the sun equal to?