The unspoken speech

Most people who know me today may find it difficult to believe that I was once quite the mischief-maker. Now I’ll admit that most of my mischief revolved around avoiding Hindi exams, but what I do remember are the speeches that followed. You see, in most Indian families, you’ll get to hear one of two…

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Gamma matters

The eighties were a simpler time. Publishers were happy if their typewriters came with eraser ribbons and users were thrilled if the text on their monitors appeared in white. However, with the advent of the Internet in the late nineties, publishers were forced to prepare their content for constantly changing browsers, ever increasing screen resolutions…

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The street that time forgot

When people think of Dubai, the first things that usually come to mind are the tallest, the largest or even the smallest. Yet nestled between the superlatives and the pre-fabricated wind towers that remind the city of its humble beginnings, is a street that time forgot. The cabbage-patched street runs right through the heart of…

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The other Burj Khalifa

You may have heard of the 828 meter tall Burj Khalifa that stands in Downtown Dubai, but what you probably haven’t heard of is a freshly veneered jaliboot that goes by the same name just a few kilometers due west. I happened to be strolling through Dubai’s Jumeirah beach when I came across this magnificent…

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Screen-frei-days

Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I ought to have had my photograph pasted alongside the entry for ‘workaholic’ in the Oxford dictionary years ago. We compete with our classmates as children, burn midnight oil trying to outwit entire campuses as teenagers and bask in the glory of eighteen Watt fluorescent tubes…

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Viva la revolución

Change is never easy. The rights we take for granted today were sown by people who believed in their cause so passionately that they would huddle under the shimmer of moonlight at risk of life and limb to bring about change. Of course, things have come a long way since then. First there was email,…

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