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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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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Opinion

Print books or eBooks? Both.

The question of choosing between print books and e–readers will soon become meaningless.

We are going through what will presently be seen as a rather unique transition in history, perhaps comparable to the transition from stagecoaches to cars in the 1880s. As eReaders take over the market, there has been talk about whether bookstores have been driven out of business (no) or at least whether they will be […]

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Opinion

The problem with The New York Times’ Asian pricing

The cost of The Times in Asia makes little sense and drives away subscribers

Trying to sell a newspaper at the price of a moped is funny enough, until you realise that The New York Times is doing just that. Although their website quotes a price of INR 49 per week, the offer cutting nearly half the cover price is valid for only the first year. Yet, this discount is also […]

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Musings

The Joy of Missing Out

I had never really made the connection before this, but Sherlock Holmes practices a form of the so–called Joy of Missing Out. I’ll come to that in a moment; first we need to understand what JoMO is and, parenthetically, what FoMO is. The Fear of Missing Out, or FoMO, was added to the Oxford English […]

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Android

Ad-blockers are a good thing

The concept of the web being free comes with strings attached. Although most websites are free to read, their owners need to pay for storage space and servers (besides various licenses), and storages and servers and networks run on electricity. In order to keep website content free to read, these expenditures are met indirectly. Broadly, […]

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iOS

iPad is more than just a consumption device

Everyone seems to look at iPad as nothing more than a consumption device: read, watch, play. But it can be more than that, it has the potential to be the sole device needed for day-to-day activities. Here’s a month-long experiment where I try to find out how I can not just consume, but do and create with my iPad Air.

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