Author Archives: Anirudh

Book Review: Bhimsen


★★★☆☆ Bhimsen is an interesting take on Mahabharata from Bhima’s POV. The book strips all the characters of their divinity and magic and are presented as normal human beings. The realism, and the description of the war scenes are outstanding. … Continue reading

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Incarnations: India in 50 lives


★★★★☆ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25810355-incarnations Super book on Indian history. Brings into focus a lot of people, whose stories often get missed while writing about India’s history. Some of the interesting stories that I liked or were completely new to me are – … Continue reading

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Avatar: The Last Airbender


Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise ★★★★☆ Brings out the complexity in Yu Dao, a post-war Fire nation colony, pretty well. The story build up, the conflict and the eventual resolution were pretty good. Avatar: The Last Airbender – … Continue reading

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Depravity of Madhwa Matha


Muslims break Ramzan fast in Udupi Krishna temple I think it is a pointless exercise. It was likely initiated by Pejawara Swami and was probably well meaning. But it is very shallow. This kind of reminds me of Congress holding … Continue reading

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Formal Education


Nice post on Futility Closet – https://www.futilitycloset.com/2017/07/12/never-too-late-2/ The fact that Abraham Lincoln had less than a year of formal education ought to tell how overrated state controlled, regimented public school curricula is. One of the things America gets right is the … Continue reading

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The Future of (Digital) Media


The current state of mainstream media(MSM) sucks, not just in India but world over. It is riddled with fake news, biased reporting, and crappy op-eds. Some examples – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/donald-trump-narendra-modi-india.html – tries to draw absurd and devious parallels between a “born … Continue reading

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Career Thoughts


Last few years I have been thinking of the general direction in which my life has been going and where my career will go from here on. So far there have been only three subjects/topics I have wished I could … Continue reading

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Utility of Philosophy


This is an awesome passage from one of Michael Sandel’s lecture which I want quote here – Philosophy is a distancing even debilitating activity. One of Socrates’s friends Callicles tries to talk him out of philosophizing. Callicles says that Philosophy … Continue reading

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Is BJP = Cong + Cow?


Some time back, Arun Shourie, one of the very few honest politicians in independent India, disillusioned with the Modi government said that BJP = Congress + Cow. I think his criticism, though not completely lacking merit, might be a bit … Continue reading

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Why ‘Liberals’ are failing


I have used the word liberal in quotes because I believe India has very few real liberals, but a lot of douchebags who roam around calling themselves liberals. And it for this reason that liberals, for want of a better … Continue reading

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