The Humble beginnings of the “Red-Tape”

[youtube=] “Dad, my school wants me to donate some money for the flood relief scheme” “Great. Actually it is a very good thing to do, son. It is good to do your part to help the people suffering in another part of the country” “It’s been made compulsory” “I thought it was voluntary” “Yeah, that’s what the notice board says. But the teacher is asking all the students to donate” “Voluntarily?” “Well….” “Its still fine, son. It’s always good to do something to support people who are affected by natural disasters” “How much do I give?” “How much did Kumar’s […]

Karate and Social Sciences

  When you are young, it’s the thrill of doing something that gets you doing many things. Dheeraj was about twelve, when he enrolled in the Karate Classes. Three days a week, two hours per day and a lot of kicking – he thought. Only after joining did he come to know that there would be absolutely no sparing (Karate equivalent to fighting), while he was in the white belt stage, which was the entry level for new joinees. It would be vigorous exercising for 45 minutes and Khatta practice for the remaining time. (A Khatta is like a dance. […]

Pushing the limits of Unconventionality

  Much like the Grandes Ecoles in France, the Indian Institute of Technology is as hard to get in considering the sheer numbers that write the examination and the percentage of them that do get the admission. Alok, like any other upper middle class family in India, always wanted to get into one of them. They don’t teach education in India – they preach. Grades are not a reflection of the amount of work put in by him, but rather a reflection of the extra effort put in by the cousin or neighbor who managed to score 0.5% marks more […]


IPL 1958: “Just because a person is born into a particular caste….” 2058: “Just because a person is born into a particular nation….” 2008: “The Indian Premier League is an interesting concept where people from different nations unite and play together under their respective city banner, truly symbolizing the confluence of various cultures and creating an electric atmosphere where their skills are tested at a different level of competition. The game of cricket is the ultimate winner especially as it is fast paced, unpredictable and more importantly you get to see the great players of various nations play as a […]

Heights of Job Security

                                                    Heights of Job Security    “What kind of article is this” asked the Editor-In Charge. The journalist, Mr. Kumar was stumped. “We need to report this sir, this has already made big news” “Exactly. Take any morning newspaper and you’ll find the same news. I want you to report it. But differently”   Ok, if that’s what he wants, “Ill have it ready by this evening sir” replied Mr. Kumar   First he called the DRM, Southern Railways Kanyakumari junction where a major accident had taken place.   “What steps have you taken to ensure that these kind of […]

Data Transfer

                                                   Data Transfer CP1: “How Do you do?” CP2: “How Do you do?” CP1: “Great. So, we speak the same language. Are you online?” CP2: “Yes” CP1: “Been searching for quite a while, before I was able to locate you” CP2: “I See” CP1: “SO, what’s your name” CP2: “Virus” CP1: “Thats your name?” CP2: “Yeah, that’s my name in my current project. This name was selected by my boss” CP1: “Your boss has a good sense of humour. Just like my boss.” CP2: “So your name is Anti-Viurs?” CP1: “No. My name is Hacker. I hope he […]


The Era of Genetics: <2118 A.D> An Extract from “News Today” “…Call it a miracle, call it a breakthrough… We have finally succeeded in creating a robot with a brain engineered through Genetics and Nano-technology. At last, we bid adieu to our good old semiconductor chips. With nano-technology, the robots can not only speak, listen and understand like human beings but they also get a brain that is at least 100 times more efficient and faster than the human brain. Thanks to the concept of artificial intelligence, we have now moved on to supplemented intelligence and applied intelligence. This not […]

The Painting and the Photograph

                                                                         03 Jan 1808, Ooty. Diary of Col.Richard Bentlee. If there could ever be heaven on earth, This would surely be earth on heaven.. Never before have I been so eager, To colour nature with its wonder.. Could I do justice to this splendour, By wanting to paint the thunder.. So many strokes, so many curves, So many brushes, so many colours, How can I paint thy exuberance, With my limited lead and limited pallete.. For a man, who has never spoken a lie, I have just painted several – Thouugh my eye.. How many hours and how many […]


                                   iNation __________________________________________ Dont worry my son, everything is arranged…. “But I dont even qualify for this job” This is how it happens in high places, my son…. Make a name first, Of course you could earn it later…. Besides, this is the year 2108 …. ___________________________________________ My son wants to be a Robo Tech…. “BE RT?” Yes. “Well, look at his scores….” But we are ready to do anything…. “Maybe, we can push him in the sports quota” Anything. “Can we be more specific on the ‘anything’ part?” ___________________________________________ We are very poor, my son…. You better drop the […]