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Entries from July 2012

Australia Vacation – Part 7

July 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment

Day 3 was a tour out to the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge. It took the full day. We also took a river cruise and saw a couple of crocodiles. At the restaurant in the rainforest where we had lunch, a python showed up on the roof, even as we were getting ready [...]

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Australia Vacation – Part 6

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

I had planned out our four days in Cairns as 3 days of tours, and the last day for general walking around town. This was to be our real sightseeing part of the vacation. Day 1 was a trip to Kuranda.  A 7.5 km cable skytrain takes you over the rainforest into a small village. [...]

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Blog Past: Bali Vacation

July 29th, 2012 · 1 Comment

From the last part of my Bali vacation series  of a year ago: For me, Bali was a good break with family. This year, we split our summer vacation into two – Bali for 5 days, and then Binsar in Uttarakhand for 4 days. It is faster to reach Bali from Mumbai then Binsar! For [...]

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Weekend Reading

July 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: The Olympian Contradiction: by David Brooks. “The Olympic Games appeal both to our desire for fellowship and our desire for status, to the dreams of community and also supremacy. And, of course, these desires are in tension. But the world is, too. The world isn’t a jigsaw puzzle that fits neatly and [...]

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Australia Vacation – Part 5

July 27th, 2012 · No Comments

Over the rest of Sunday and part of Monday, we did our walkabout through Sydney visiting different streets and places. I took some time off for myself and visited a couple bookshops, Dymocks and Kinokuniya, on George Street. I spent quite some time looking at the huge collections – in Business, Political Sciences, Sociology and [...]

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Australia Vacation – Part 4

July 26th, 2012 · No Comments

Next morning, we went to Manly. It is less than an hour’s drive from Sydney. We took off on one of the trails and walked along the beach and through a bit of forest for about 5 kms, and then turned back after lunch at one of the picnic benches en route. The 10+ kms [...]

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Australia Vacation – Part 3

July 25th, 2012 · No Comments

The flight to Sydney via KL is long – a total of about 13+ hours flying time. Some time was spent sleeping, some reading, a little watching the inflight entertainment. We reached a wintry Sydney in the evening. My cousin surprised us by landing up at the airport to pick us up. A short ride [...]

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Australia Vacation – Part 2

July 24th, 2012 · No Comments

Doing research for a trip is now so much easier thanks to the Internet. TripAdvisor was a useful resource, condensing the wisdom of crowds. I also bought a hard copy of Lonely Planet’s Australia guide. Between these two, and a few other sites, I planned out the itinerary. It would be 4 days in Sydney, [...]

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Australia Vacation – Part 1

July 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

Our annual vacation this year was in Australia – Sydney and Cairns. It sort-of just happened. We were wondering where to go. A friend said he was going to be in Sydney for a couple months on work, and suggested we could come over. My cousin also lives there, and she too got excited about [...]

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Blog Past: A New Mobile Phone

July 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

It has been a year since I bought the Samsung Galaxy II S. This is what I wrote a year ago: After a couple years of the Nokia E71, I got myself a new mobile – Samsung’s Android phone which sold 3 million worldwide in its first 55 days. It cost Rs 30,500 ($680). It [...]

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Weekend Reading

July 21st, 2012 · 3 Comments

This week’s links: The Capitalism Debate: by David Brooks. “For centuries, business leaders have been inept when writers, intellectuals and politicians attacked capitalism, and, so far, the Romney campaign is continuing that streak.” On Stephen Covey, who died this week. 800-CEO-Read and Economist. Nokia’s Bad Call on Smartphones: from WSJ. An account of what went [...]

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Higher Education Innovation Speech – Part 10

July 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments

A week or so ago , there was a very good article in the New York Times by David Brooks, “The Campus Tsunami.”  It  talked about online education. And I’m going to read out a small passage, because it’s very important from the perspective that we are thinking through, what we need to do for [...]

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Higher Education Innovation Speech – Part 9

July 19th, 2012 · No Comments

A few points about these government funds for education. For primary and secondary education,   these funds have to be given as grants. For tertiary education, for higher education, these funds have to be given as loans which have to  be repaid once the person is employed. So the key point here is that  government should [...]

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Higher Education Innovation Speech – Part 8

July 18th, 2012 · No Comments

The role of government in education is the third topic I’d like to address.   There are three important facts we have to keep in mind.   First,   at the core of the system of education is  a human being, an individual, a person.  He or  she learns skills during the process of education and becomes a [...]

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Higher Education Innovation Speech – Part 7

July 17th, 2012 · No Comments

There’s another relationship between  information and education. Education gives people the skill to transform information into knowledge.   Sometimes we tend to confuse what information  is,  and what knowledge is.   Information may be presented in books or over the internet. Regardless of that,  how effectively one uses the information,  depends on how good the education system [...]

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Higher Education Innovation Speech – Part 6

July 16th, 2012 · No Comments

The second topic I want to talk about is the role of technology in education. In India, somewhere we got our focus wrong. In schools, it is all about setting up computer labs. It’s about getting those ten computers in there – a mix of  thin clients, desktops with some connectivity. Content is always given [...]

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Blog Past: A Journey and A Conversation

July 15th, 2012 · 1 Comment

From a post a year ago about a visit to Nageshwar temple in Madhya Pradesh: I asked the driver and the watchman about the government. They said the government made no difference to them. The MPs and MLAs only came to ask for votes and were never seen again. Both voted, and would flip their [...]

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Weekend Reading

July 14th, 2012 · No Comments

This week’s reading: Natural Gas: A survey in The Economist. “New sources of gas could transform the world’s energy markets —but it won’t be quick or easy.” India and China’s Growth Challenges: from WSJ. “China doesn’t want to repeat the mistakes—such as triggering a property bubble—that it made in its all-out response to the global [...]

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Higher Education Innovation Speech – Part 5

July 13th, 2012 · No Comments

Critical thinking skills, ability to ask meaningful questions, how to  ask questions right, ability to seek out answers from sources , ability to communicate effectively,   ability to work together,   to collaborate effectively  — these are skills which are going to be much more increasingly important going forward,  irrespective of what kind of jobs people are [...]

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Higher Education Innovation Speech – Part 4

July 12th, 2012 · No Comments

The world has changed and the education system has to reflect that change. Earlier,  information was hard to access and distribute.  Now it’s possible to, quite cheaply,  have all the information that we need  out there.  You don’t have to memorise when  the first battle of Panipat happened — just go to Wikipedia and it’s [...]

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