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Poll: In which country does this happen

It was depressing to see the Government of India, a beacon of democratic aspirations in Asia, act like a repressive monarchy, attacking peaceful citizen protesters. This is simply NOT done! And the gall of the ministers to justify their actions! Time for a shaming poll. Take this poll and send a strong message to the […]

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Poll: Who is letting India down?

After 63 years of Indian Independence, there is a sense amongst Indians and even the rest of the world, that India is not living up to its potential ‘completely.’ There is a lot more it could have done, but is unable to get it done. What is the reason for this? Who is letting India […]

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Video: Jana Gana Mana, List of Performers

With democracy comes a serious responsibility. What are you doing with your democracy? Happy Independence Day!

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Scholarships for the Needy: 2009 – 2010

That gift which is given, knowing it to be a duty, in a fit time and place, to a worthy person, from whom we expect nothing in return, is held to be most pure. ~ Bhagavad Gita, 17:20 Several years ago we started these scholarships to support needy girls at the Shanbhag School in Kumta. […]

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Pragati – Revisiting Indian History

Now is such an exciting time for Indian History! New technologies from satellite imaging to DNA sequencing are bringing scientific curiosity to the understanding of our ancient history. The latest findings are typically scattered in scientific journals and archaeological reports. In history books I find a sad disconnect between what they are still parroting and […]

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Scholarships for the Needy 2008-2009

Hope you all had a wonderful “Makar Sankranti.” Now the Sun rises earlier each day and sets later, bringing light and warmth to all aspects of our lives. This year, I celebrated Sankranti in Mumbai with close family and overate “til-gul” and “til ladoo.” Too lazy to ask why this focus on sesame, I simply […]

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Dossier of Terrorist Evidence Submitted to Pakistan

Complete Dossier of Terrorist Evidence Submitted to Pakistan Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, came under a heinous terrorist attack on November 26, 2008. The terrorist attacks took place at many locations, especially at CST Railway Station; the Leopold Cafe; Taj Hotel; Oberoi Trident Hotel; and Nariman House. 165 Persons (civilians and security personnel) lost […]

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Mumbai Blasts: One Month On

Its been a month, but seems like only yesterday that I woke to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai! So many vigils, memorials, speeches and even some saber rattling! But really, what is different? Other than a few cosmetic changes, the same incompetent and corrupt politicians are running the show. Condi Rice made a trip and […]

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Comment: Justifying Citizen Journalists

Columbia Journalism posted a discussion: How Should Journalists use Twitter? Their Staff Writer Megan Garber critiqued a few of my tweets. Some of the criticisms were justified, others were, in my opinion, unstudied. Below, I have transcribed Ms Garber’s comments and my response.

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Leopold Reopens, Mumbai Bounces Back!

See Previous Posts Related to Mumbai Terror Strikes Mumbai: Beloved City Reclaimed Mumbai Blasts: Mop up at the Taj Mumbai Blasts: Day 2 Mumbai Blasts: Day 1 Picture Update from ~ 5:30 pm onwards Indian Time; Monday Dec 1st from the Leopold Cafe! Met fellow twitter organizer Netra at the Leopold Cafe, Mumbai. After the […]

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Mumbai: Beloved City Reclaimed

Mumbaikars Reclaim Beloved City Continued from Mumbai Blasts: Mop up at the Taj Mumbai Blasts: Day 2 Mumbai Blasts: Day 1 Picture Update from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Indian Time; Sunday Nov 30th from the Leopold Cafe! Here are a few pics from the crowds in front of the Leopold Cafe this afternoon. The […]

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Mumbai Blasts: Day 3, Mop Up at the Taj

Continued from Mumbai Blasts: Day 2 Mumbai Blasts: Day 1 Picture Update from ~ 9:15 am Indian Time; Saturday Nov 29th Follow my updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/arunshanbhag Pics on FLickr! username “shanbhag” Not to be deterred, I took a detour and reached the front of the Taj. I was on the sea face looking at […]

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Mumbai Blasts: Day 2 Live Blogging

This Day 2 Post continues where I left off from Mumbai Blasts: Day 1 Update: between 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm; Indian Time; Friday Nov 28th Follow my updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/arunshanbhag Posting Pics on FLickr! username “shanbhag” All these pics are from INSIDE the Secure Staging Cordon in front of the Taj; assembled here […]

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Mumbai Blasts: Taj Burning; More pics from terrorist killing

This post is getting too long; See updates from Day Two at: Mumbai Blasts: Day 2 Follow the top level TAB; Mumbai Blasts for links to All related posts. And, Previously Unseen pics from the 26/11 terrorist attacks. Sorry, pic heavy post! Revision ~ 12:15 – 12:30 am Indian Time; Friday Nov 28th Follow my […]

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Scholarships for the Needy

I have previously written about the Shanbhag School, an academic beacon in Kumta and surrounding villages. The Shanbhag High School, managed by the Konkan Education Trust does not receive any governmental aid. But it follows the state determined academic syllabus and guidelines. While we attract many students who can afford fees, our family wanted to […]

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Reclaiming India

An interesting Editorial in the Times of India, by Tarun Vijay. I particularly liked his rebuttal to Omar Abdullah, But he must stop to think why he can own a bungalow in Delhi or Bangalore and at the same time deny that privilege to a fellow Indian in Kashmir? Do you think our elite, secular […]

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13 Dangerous Days of Monsoon

Following a newspaper tip: The US Embassy has identified 13 days most likely to lead to flooding in Mumbai, during the monsoons. This info is important for all Mumbaikars (not just US citizens), and the City Government should have been disseminating this info in the first place, rather than planning and sniping about a statue […]

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Meeting Aayi of Aayis Recipes

Looking for new recipes, you have likely browsed Aayi’s Recipes the uber popular food blog hosted by Shilpa. This is M’s favorite “go-to” site anytime she needs inspiration for her cooking. During my travels to India, I look forward to visiting our ancestral town of Kumta – Jewel of the Konkan in coastal Karnataka. And […]

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Man Who Moved a Mountain

Every morning, for 22 long years, a frail, diminutive man, barefoot and clad in a loin cloth, would trudge two kilometres to a hillock of solid rock and chip away at it with a hammer and chisel. Bemused onlookers thought he had lost his mind, and he was an object of great fun for village […]

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Virupaksha Temple, Hampi: Faith

Faith From our visit a few years ago, to the Virupaksha Temple in Hampi, Karnataka. click image for a larger version;

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Bihar: India's Role Model?

Tell me I'm hallucinating; Could Bihar be a role model for other states? (edited) The BBC reports: For many years, Bihar in northern India has earned notoriety for being one of the poorest and most lawless states in the country. Nobel-prize winning author VS Naipaul once described it as the place where “civilisation ends”. But […]