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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Open Courseware Initiative

                         The most asked questions throughout my entire engineering life. Engineering books are quite expensive and some college teachers are hopeless. I dont say all my teachers are bad. I really respect my teachers for making me what I am and shaping my thinking and knowledge. But its true that occasionally we meet a teacher who has no idea what he is doing amongst learners. So notes make a big difference in studies. Well my career and education have become a joke as I am still not a recognized engineering graduate in Canada. So I will be giving my engineering exams again, for the third time. Hence, I can award myself the designation as the most experienced and trusted source on engineering course material .

ocw consortium home page

                          I wanted to share these with all my friends and budding engineers who have the above question in mind. Truth Chariot will include various tutorials and thats not what this post is about. While studying for my engineering exams, I came across the Open Courseware Consortium. A gold mine for course material seekers. It wasn't as developed as it is right now, but still helped with some notes for my engineering exams. Various educational institutions around the globe came together to make education available to all via the internet. Noted institutes include - MIT, Indian Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Open University Netherelands, IGNOU etc. There are so many institutions with hundreds of courses.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Lost Indian Culture - II

                             I did break some serious beliefs in my first post and this one will drill deeper and clean a few more. The concept here relates to culture and religion. Basically, there are eight religions in the world - four originated in the Gulf and the rest in India. Most religions present in the west originated in the gulf and are called western or Abrahamic religions.                          
                            The four religions originating in India are called Dharmic paths, as per Wikipedia. This is the most common mistake made by all Indians as no proper explanation is offered on what Dharma and Pantha are. Aptly, Indian religions should be called Panthas (Paths). However, that isn't the purpose of this post. Indians are believed to be very cultured and religious. Modern Indian citizens tend to think that religion divides, spreads exploitation and is fascist. But neither the religious, nor the self proclaimed secular know what our religions and culture teach us. Negligence to scriptures will lead to the same fate we are in today. On the other hand, Mass Imitation (in the name of religion) is so profound that it can be called a new religion in India. It runs without any scriptures, only by word of mouth. Am I making false claims with no firm base to my inference? The following two anomalies in our culture and religion will clarify:

Monday, 7 November 2011

Lost Indian Culture

                             "We should never forget our culture.", is something you would hear from a lot of people in India. During this conversation neither the speaker nor the listener gives a thought about "What is Indian Culture?"
                               A wikipedia search on Indian Culture would define culture based on religions, spirituality, cuisine, arts, clothing , languages, literature,sports and popular media. However, this does not exactly fall in line with the subject. A closer look at the wikipedia article would give two words - Aryan and Dravidian. There is widespread controversy as to whether - they are two different races, Aryans were immigrants and if Aryan is the name of a race. Practically, 80 % Indians(Aryan or Dravidian) have accepted the authority of Vedas and similar literature as their guide for life. So with this as the base, I will outline a couple of real Indian cultural practices and modern associated myths as follows:

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

The Key - Fox and The Grapes, Revisited

                               When the fable was rewritten, I never imagined writing a key to explain. It seems I have made the post highly indicative and cryptic to decode. Hence, on popular demand, I am writing the key to explain my motive behind writing the story.
                                 As indicated in the fable, it outlines the religious beliefs of various people. What attitude people do have towards religion and faith. However the attitudes are also seen in day-to-day lives in various other issues too. Most readers thought that it was a key to success in career or business, like a management email. They are neither entirely right, nor wrong. I wrote the fable to do away with the myth that Indians are very religious people. We have a population of more than 1 billion and every person defines himself with his/her religious beliefs. As the fable clarifies that there are three types of foxes. We see these foxes in our society(not just India).

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Fox And The Grapes, Revisited

             "As evident, I laid the foundation for the sorry state of Indian Culture and very soon will be dropping bombs on some even more sensitive yet overlooked issues. It is very disturbing when minor details are misinterpreted changing the whole face of a society. Childhood is the most beautiful part of our life; when we learn at a faster rate than any other point in our lives. Amongst various colorful and alphanumeric datum are stories and one of them is  'The Fox and The Grapes' . Hence, I came up with my own modified version of this tale to bring religious practices and the thinking of the people in India and around the world to light:"                               

Saturday, 24 September 2011

The Home Project, by Yann Arthus - Bertrand

                            A fantastic yet realistic film revealing the consequences of human consumption. Evolution and development was never seen with such an angle. By angle, I mean philosophically as well as photographically. Kudos, to Yann Arthus-Bertrand for making a complete and enchanting documentary on the need for the green initiative and control on consumption.  A must see for every earth dweller:

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

The Washerman

                            I was just going through some washing machine descriptions at a website and came across this video. At first, I thought it might be an advertisement or a funny video. Comic videos are one of my favourites and urged me to take a look at this video.
                            The video features a man in his late fifties who humbly narrates to the crowd the importance of the first washing machine in his house. What followed next was a brilliant realization in the form of the most enjoyable presentation. Is it possible?  Well checkout for yourself:

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Tech Help

 If your computer is part of your problems, this section is for you. For starters, I am including a few utilities. If you have any questions, just leave your query as a comment? will get back to you, Asap. Please   do not leave your email ID or any other contact details. You can check the answers in the tech help section from the Index Page.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

The First Lightbender

               “Light only travels in straight lines” said his teacher. Unsatisfied by the notion, it became of utmost importance to prove to that the statement is very unscientific and obviously untrue. Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany was the man who proved that light bends and can be bent on purpose, for which he is acknowledged as the ‘Father of Fibre Optics’.