Welcome to my Writings

August 10, 2010

I love to write. When the thoughts count more than words, you will see me heading over to my blog. But when the structure and words count just as much as thoughts, I usually write an article, poem, piece of fiction or a travelogue.

The various articles I have written are listed below. If you find the list a bit too long to browse, please use the links on the right to narrow down the list of articles.

Travelogue: Southwest England - Cornwall

August 05, 2006

When we were based in Bristol, we took a free form trip through the Cornwall region over a weekend. Here is a photostory from the trip. Also my attempt at using tabs to create a paged interface.

Short Story: Reunion

May 01, 2010

Friends from college seem to be for ever. But you still go out of touch with some in very unexpected ways.

Short Story: Untouchable

April 18, 2010

The dappled shade under the mango trees triggered two very conflicting emotions. Firstly, it signalled the possibility of juicy fruit. Secondly it signalled fear - he was somewhere he ought not to be, and must therefore, be very careful...

Short Story: Word of Gods

April 10, 2010

...seven loops of gold hanging from his ears were the only adornments on his otherwise clean shaven face and head. He seemed happy and content that first day of Spring, despite the chill in the morning sea air. After all, today he would get to speak with the Gods...

Short Story: Alice

September 11, 2005

I sat by the window of the local coffee shop, early Wednesday morning, sipping the first of what would be several cups of espresso on a day like this. It was early but the sun was already beating down, promising a scorcher. I swore under my breath - a wonderful day to pick for my beat...

Review : Dune the Series

April 23, 2005

One of my favorite series of all time. This is planned as a series of articles, including an introduction - discussing Science Fiction in general and the Dune series in particular. The series is kicked off with Book 1: Dune.

Travelogue: Rajasthan road trip

November 23, 2004

In 2004, a group of friends went on a road trip across the beautiful state of Rajasthan. This is an account of that memorable trip.

Travelogue: Sattal Getaway Jungle Camp

January 19, 2010

In 2004, we got away from the hustle and bustle of the city, away in a jungle camp near Sattal. Here is an account.

Essay: The Philosophy of the Free & Open

November 22, 2004

Wrote this article for a newsletter at work. My thoughts on the philosophy of free software, and open source software. Talks about term: freedom, as it applies to software, some history and ends with a current perspective on the FOSS movement.

News: The gig for the Gigabyte

November 22, 2004

When GMail came out with the 1 GB email, it was revolutionary. (The competitors had 4MB) However, very soon the gigabyte started to become commonplace. Everyone seemed to offer a variation of the 1GB email. I asked myself “Is the 1 GB email really that big a deal?”

Article : First Look @ GMail

May 07, 2004

I had signed up for the GMail beta pretty early. And I did get invited to, what I thought then, was an exclusive beta testing. This is my account of the experience.

The Business of Open Source Software

February 27, 2004

Had written this article as a writing sample for an "Effective Business Writing" course. It has been certified publishable :). Gives an overview of Open Source Software, particularly from a business perspective.

Why I don't trust Microsoft

February 19, 2002

When I was in college I found myself always trying to establish that Microsoft monopoly was bad, on a number of different levels. It wasn't always the most welcomed idea in a Business school. So I decided to put together my arguments in an essay.

Spent Dreams

February 18, 2002

Well this was the first one in the current binge of poems. Started with no reason other than the fact that this title sounds cool. And, well, developed into well a post mortem of success. I am guessing here, not that I have been there. Tell me if you think this is, or is not, the way you felt. Got different reactions for this one. One friend actually thought of making this sound more upbeat. That is optimism for you.

What

February 18, 2002

Statutory warning: Don't read this if you are feeling down. It just might push you over. And this is not my reaction alone. Did not like the title of the earlier one, it was too 'titlish'. Hence this. But what happened was real. To really understand me, you should get this poem the way it should be understood. I could give you a hint, but then it is not always that I can put it into words. And even just academically, I like this poem for the raw emotions, something I will continue in the future poems too.

Go to Hell

February 18, 2002

I was on a roll, after the last one and decided it was time to expand my horizons. So decided to jump into songwriting for a change. Blame it all on the follies of youth and you will hit the nail on the head. Any ways. Have you ever loved and wanted to hate at the same time. Imagine the rose, and the hand responding to the incredible beauty of the rose almost on its own accord. Then the thorn cuts right in between you and the beauty, and you finger rushes for the safety of the mouth. What did you feel? And what did you feel if this was just metaphorical. (PS: I think I have a punkish tune for this too)

Grown up now

February 18, 2002

I love this one. You know it has become fashionable to say, "I am still a child inside me.". And believe most of the time you have a sniggering idiot, who is just waiting for you to turn your back to the child. But when there truly is a child, you will not see him. Because he is a child. And children don't advertise. So what happens is this, and people thing otherwise.

Charade

February 18, 2002

It had started differently but ended as this. You have seen The Matrix. I don't suffer from such manic proportions in delusions, but well a small helping never hurts. What if the whole concept of governance is just a facade? (PS: I love The Matrix) (PS2: And I do have a tune for this too.)

Just a Crazy Love Song

February 18, 2002

Have you ever been in love? Mebbe this will help. (PS: No Tune, at least none that sounds unlike the earlier ones)

5 a.m.

February 18, 2002

This one was after a long time. And a lot had happened in the meanwhile. And it was 5 in the morning and I was dog tired. Sleep was nowhere in sight. And mentally, things were feeling like fun. And sarcasm was dripping all over me. This happened.

When things went wrong: w32.nimda.a@mm

November 22, 2004

This is a description of the Nimda virus attack on the official web site of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, on 18th September, 2001 and the subsequent response by the student system administrator team.

User Friendly?

September 11, 2001

The growth in the use of the Personal Computer has brought into prominence a very important concept of user-friendliness, a concept that was not very common earlier. Personally I believe that the term has been used and abused for a variety of ends. Here I want to put forward my perspective of user-friendliness and ask some strange questions.

Microsoft rant: Smart tags

August, 23 2001

A rant on the scheme of 'smart tags' cooked up my Microsoft.

Article: Do you need Linux?

August 1, 2001

Eventually the revolutionaries become the established culture, and then what will they do
-Linus torvalds.

Analysis & design of Reinforced Concrete Structures

August 24, 2001

The paper deals with the various loads associated with the analysis of Reinforced Concrete Chimneys . It deals with the methodologies involved in estimating loads. It finally deals with the methods of design to account for the effects of these loads.

Fiction: The Purse

July 27, 2001

A PURSE is where you keep things. A BOX is also where you keep things. But a purse is not a box. A purse unlike a box has many uses. A box is also very useful...

Paper: Using WADIWRK4

July 24, 2001

Wadiwrk4 is a Public domain Dos based utility that can be used for the purpose of analyzing Water distribution Networks. This paper is a short tutorial on the usage and trouble shooting of this program.