Opinion

What does it mean to be educated?

Why education is, and should be, much more than a degree or the amassment of knowledge.

Around June this year, a couple of weeks before my 23rd birthday, I expect to be handed my master’s degree in physics. Besides extensive specialisation and research for a doctoral degree, this is the highest honour a person can obtain to signify his mastery in a particular field. In essence, there is no doubt that I, and […]

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World

A Spark for Prosperity

Kenyan development has come a long way, and it has a long way yet to go.

Barely a year since the president of the most powerful country in the world;Barack Obama came into Kenya for the 6th global enterprenneurship summit held in Kenya’s capital,Nairobi from 25-26 july 2015. This summit held in Kenya was such an honour and it was to foresee Africa’s future and secure it into the hands of […]

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Writing

Get a glimpse of the infinite — an interview with Martins Kai

“I’m trying to find a connection between the life I’ve lived before and this life I’m living now.”

Martins Kai will begin writing a column here on VHBelvadi.com starting this month. Called “Glimpse of the infinite”, this will be a monthly — or occasionally a fortnightly — column. In this tête-à-tête with Mr Kai we talk about writing, his interests and passions, about himself, and then take a look at what his new column will […]

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Politics

A recent NYMag article shows an interesting, new side to Donald Trump

Meet Trump, the man, and Trump, the character.

I am not a fan of Donald Trump, and never have been. His science is weak, his claims are often self-contradictory, and he seems to believe, rashly, that diplomacy involves building walls and buying a “swatch” of land. But it is hard to overlook the political storm he has created these past months, and there is […]

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Opinion

Sports guidelines v religious beliefs

Guidelines for sports clothing should be independent of personal and religious beliefs.

Religion, being a sensitive aspect of life, and more so personal, international sports bodies have a thin line of caution to watch between their guidelines and religious practices and personal beliefs of athletes. However, and most importantly, even before we start considering sports guidelines, we should first take a keen and meticulous interest on what unifies […]

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Writing

A new blogging manifesto

Setting up new standards for our weblogs and ourselves.

About three years ago, shortly after I joined the slow blogging movement for the first time, I wrote down a massive list of fifty points to which this website would conform. It was a blogging manifesto and at that time everyone needed one because blogging spiked in popularity and most of us were looking at […]

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Web Design

How to make your website faster

Simple steps that can make your website faster and more enjoyable for users

Back in September 2011, when I had moved my blog to Tumblr in what I recall was a testing phase for VHBelvadi.com, I wrote down my thoughts, calling it V.H. Belvadi Weblog 2.0. In that vein, five years later, please put your hands together for VHBelvadi.com v3.0, a faster, better, cleaner website, almost as satisfying as Black […]

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Photo essay

A day of pilgrimage, part II

In pictures: a day trip from Mysore to Nanjangud.

The road was under construction all along, all 30km of it. The dilapidated Mysore Airport lay on one side, looking like it’s days were numbered, and the bleak sight was balanced only by the handful of lakes and green carpets of paddy that thankfully remained unharmed during the government’s infrastructure overhaul. In the last article we spent […]

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Writing

Slow blogging reinitiated

Three years later, a look at how far I've strayed from my promise of slow blogging.

Three years ago I wrote about joining the slow blogging movement. Slow blogging is a practise that aims to take blogs back to yesteryears, where a group of people wrote thoughtful articles and the web, by and large, read them. These people were not journalists, but regular folk who had worthwhile comments to make and their […]

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Photo essay

A day of pilgrimage, part I

In pictures: a day trip across the royal city of Mysore

One of the things I love about Mysore city is how it blends modernity with tradition. As much as I embrace change, I have always favoured bridging the old and the new rather than completely cutting oneself off and “moving on”. The problem with Mysore city, on the one hand, is that it is not really the core […]

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Mathematics

Revisiting Lincoln’s mathematics notebook

Solving school-level maths with none other than Abe Lincoln

When I wrote about it back in March of 2014, Abraham Lincoln’s cyphering book in mathematics had only recently been discovered and showed that he had had much better formal schooling than most had believed. The notes were from the 1820s and he had worked out problems in the unitary method. We were looking at a particular […]

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Web Design

Tips to improve web font loading

Best practices to speed up web font delivery

The love of typography was what swayed me towards web design in the first place. In an older article I addressed the need for good typography online, and how this has often been the most overlooked stage in web design: too many people focus on colours and layouts while it is really their typography that pulls them down. This may well have […]

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Apple

Apple Notes and Evernote: apples and oranges

One is to jot, the other is to file and you probably will need both

I see a huge number of people on the hunt for a good note–taking application these days, and most attempts at an answer involve some sort of comparison between Evernote — the reigning king — and Microsoft’s OneNote, which has its own, growing tribe of followers. And they are both, at some point, almost inevitably, compared to […]

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Opinions

Score one for dog lovers

We are likely to be better than cat people in every single way

There was a recent study involving cat owners and dog owners with some unsurprising results (to me anyway). It was summed up satirically in a blog I happen to subscribe to, and, after some searching, I managed to trace the study to a recent article in The Telegraph, but unfortunately not all the way to a peer–review journal. […]

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Web Design

New WordPress theme — Stillness

A calm and minimal wordpress theme based on z2h

A few years ago I happened to find a beautiful, minimal theme called z2h, created by blogger Leo Babauta. It has been three years since the theme was updated (as far as I am aware), but I noticed that Mr Babauta himself moved to a sans-serif redesign for Zen Habits, so I decided to give the old […]

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