A great engineer

July 27, 2014

Who can dismantle and put back a blast furnace!

I remember walking along Jubilee Park when a man in a bowtie greeted us. He was walking a hysterical-looking poodle. I laughed at the sight. My father reprimanded me, “Don’t get carried away by appearances. That man is a great engineer. He can roll up his sleeves and dismantle and put back a blast furnace.” All his examples were anecdotes or parables; one learnt by example.

That is Shiv Visvanathan remembering his metallurgist father. Take a look!

Singing without accompaniments

July 25, 2014

Singing without any accompaniment has a particular charm which we do not get to enjoy often. I heard Dr. Sriram Parasuram on Raagaa: a design principle yesterday and  the demonstration pieces he sang were very nice. The talk was very interesting too!

Few good reads

July 8, 2014

[1] The silkworm by Robert Galbraith

[2] The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

[3] The collected works of A J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

All three are great. I have finished 1 and 2 and am about to complete 3.  If I have to order the books by my preference, it would be 3, 1, and 2.

Amit Chaudhuri on DD Bharti

June 29, 2014

In Telegraph; DD Bharti is my favourite too!


Andrew Gelman on Seth Roberts

April 30, 2014

An excellent piece.

HowTo: memorize poetry

April 28, 2014

A nice piece!

Seth Roberts: RIP

April 28, 2014

Lots of interesting stuff I read in his blog. Will be missed.

Ten rules for teachers and students

April 21, 2014

A must-see at MR

HowTo: Read a serious book

April 20, 2014

Tyler Cowen at MR has some useful advice (that involves re-reading and reading without going through the reviews); a nice piece..

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore

April 1, 2014

The novel kept me occupied till the end. Here is the NPR review; here is Pradeep Sebastian on the book.  As was noted in one of the reviews, some parts of the story are too convenient to be believable. But barring that, it  was a nice read.


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