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Modi needs to Make Things Happen so that Chinese and other investors Make in India

Riding the Elephant

Make in India has been the main slogan drummed out by Narendra Modi and his ministers and bureaucrats for many months, but it is surely time for that to be turned around into a reality by India’s prime minister adopting a personal slogan to Make Things Happen. There are few significant results from the Make in India campaign with its strange lion logo made of old fashioned engineering cogs, and there will not be many until Modi focuses on making India’s rules and regulations operate more easily.

Make in India lionThat thought must have been in the minds of many people who played a part in Modi’s three day trip to China at the end of last week, and maybe also on his visit today to South Korea as part of a three-country tour that has included the first visit by an Indian prime minister to Mongolia.

This was reflected by the China’s…

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Never beleived with conviction that our brain is just an extension of an Electric device until I see this… And yes Must Watch

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May 12, 2015 · 3:39 pm

Net Neutrality

Internet is built around the idea of openness. It allows people to connect and exchange information freely, if the information or service is not illegal. Much of this is because of the idea of net neutrality. If you like the current state of the internet, you should know about net neutrality. Many web users are aware of it. But if you are not, don’t worry. We explain it here:

What is net neutrality?

internet service providers should not discriminate traffic in the internet in terms of the content,speed, access, etc.This principle is known as net neutrality. An ISP does not control the traffic that passes its servers. When a web user connects to a website or web service, he or she gets the same speed. Data rate for Youtube videos and Facebook photos is theoretically same. Users can access any legal website or web service without any interference from an ISP.

Some countries have rules that enforce net neutrality but most don’t. Instead, the principle is followed because that is how it has always been. It is more of a norm than a law.

How did net neutrality shape the internet?
Net neutrality has shaped the internet in two fundamental ways.

One, web users are free to connect to whatever website or service they want. ISPs do not bother with what kind of content is flowing from their servers. This has allowed the internet to grow into a truly global network and has allowed people to freely express themselves. For example, you can criticize your ISP on a blog post and the ISP will not restrict access to that post for its other subscribers even though the post may harm its business.

But more importantly, net neutrality has enabled a level playing field on the internet. To start a website, you don’t need lot of money or connections. Just host your website and you are good to go. If your service is good, it will find favour with web users. Unlike the cable TV where you have to forge alliances with cable connection providers to make sure that your channel reaches viewers, on internet you don’t have to talk to ISPs to put your website online.

This has led to creation Google, Facebook, Twitter and countless other services. All of these services had very humble beginnings. They started as a basic websites with modest resources. But they succeeded because net neutrality allowed web users to access these websites in an easy and unhindered way.

What will happen if there is no net neutrality?
If there is no net neutrality, ISPs will have the power (and inclination) to shape internet traffic so that they can derive extra benefit from it. For example, several ISPs believe that they should be allowed to charge companies for services like YouTube and Netflix because these services consume more bandwidth compared to a normal website. Basically, these ISPs want a share in the money that YouTube or Netflix make.

Without net neutrality, the internet as we know it will not exist. Instead of free access, there could be “package plans” for consumers. For example, if you pay Rs 500, you will only be able to access websites based in India. To access international websites, you may have to pay a more. Or maybe there can be different connection speed for different type of content, depending on how much you are paying for the service and what “add-on package” you have bought.

Lack of net neutrality, will also spell doom for innovation on the web. It is possible that ISPs will charge web companies to enable faster access to their websites. Those who don’t pay may see that their websites will open slowly. This means bigger companies like Google will be able to pay more to make access to Youtube or Google+ faster for web users but a startup that wants to create a different and better video hosting site may not be able to do that.

Instead of an open and free internet, without net neutrality we are likely to get a web that has silos in it and to enter each silo, you will have to pay some “tax” to ISPs.

Scenario after no Net Neutrality

  • Netizens will be denied access to all websites and platforms. People will have to subscribe to seperate packages provided by ISPs. Yes it will result in nothing else but balkanisation of internet.
  • Popups will be a regular feature once you browse through.
  • Only Ambanis and adanis can manage to start new ‘startups’.
  • Innovation is killed in the field which means the platform of internet is murdered.

Let’s say no to this move by ISPs.

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No other photo could ever evoke in me the kind of feelings this has…

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A for ART

Whenever I was asked to draw a picture,I used to sketch a scenery, where Sun was placed in between the hills with the crows flying and yes the waterfalls were also present. It was the best I could do during my school days.I cursed myself for being poor at painting.I was a misfit to be included in the category ‘artist’. Was I wrong?

Recently I witnessed one of the astonishing art exhibition I have ever been to, Kochi Muziris Biennale. The fact that people were tagging the event as irksome and fathomless made me eager to pay a visit.

I was flabbergasted by the panoply of exhibits,it evoked a heavenly pleasure I least expected. The art works at the carnival induced in me emotions I have never felt. I presume the main purpose of art is to understand ourselves better, its about losing and finding ourselves,the fest did justice to that aspect.

The experience was an eye-opener for me,I realized art cannot be defined, no medium can restrict it, it is a boundless entity. The festival is not a piece of cake for everyone but for the ones who appreciate the effort and pain of creating a genuine piece of art,it had to be the place.

The first artist I ever met in my life was the shirtless, nameless vagabond who drew on public walls using coloured chalk,the preteen boy in me didnt understand anything back then. His paintings conveyed his perspective far superior to a common man. Its quite uncanny that we seldom comprehend the fact that we have the ability to create stuffs beyond our imagination.

Each and every exhibit at the fest was unique and it was normal for each one of those to indulge us in deep thoughts. The art which made me awe struck was that of Nikhil Chopra. The virtuoso did a 52 hour act, La Perle Noire II. When I entered the room where he had performed,I could feel his breathe,his thoughts. His true dedication to the art was evident everywhere, there is no art without passion.

As I was drafting this write up, my one and half year old niece started scribbling randomly in her painting book. When she was done, I checked out what she was up to, I couldn’t hold back my smile. I found art.

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Kochi Muziris Biennale 2014

It was with lot of doubt and hesitation that myself and my friend Arjun went to the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2014. I must confess that at least for me there was no idea of what this said arts exhibition is all about or at least all my understandings about the event were stupid.

When I stepped into Aspin Wall, the main venue of the exhibition I expected hundreds of paintings and sculptures hanged and placed in plenty. And for me being optimistic about the “bigness” of the event meant crossing the number of such paintings to thousands only. Curse the ME!

And the first work I came across in the venue was this.

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Well… This troubled my mind.. Is this art ? Is this eligible to be displayed here? Where is imagination here? What is so artistic here? I couldn’t convince myself about the greatness of these works as I looked into the next one in the row.

I was defeated shamelessly here: I wont say why ? These photos would tell you why.

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Well I will list down what really really made this visit to an art exhibition was exceptional.

  • The definition of the word ART itself changed in mu dictionary. Its domain and range changed . It is no more just paintings and sculptures for me. And to define and restrict art to any number of forms would be thelast nail in the coffin prepared for art in the world
  • Who is an artist. I thought an artist is born so or is atleast trained to be so. It is no more so for me. It can be anyone who has that capacity to listen, analyse and portray his thoughts in his own way. The mediums hardly matter.
  • As I analysed the issues portrayed in the works exhibited from all over the world, I could sense a similarity in them. As the saying goes “ Lokathevideyaayaalum manushyante prashnangal onnu thanneyaan”
  • I am convinced that the venue selected for the exhibition is the best among all. On the coast of fort kochi. Here glimpses of history of more than thousand years of human races can be seen in patches. This makes the treat more delightful. The works exhibited and the venue thus forms the perfect match for each other.
  • You just need to be a human being to enjoy these works. Because it tells the story of human race from different angles. These are just as difficult and as simple as that of a LIFE being lived.

 

I am sharing some of the pictures that I clicked during the initial hours of my visit. I understood then that no DSLR can show what the artist wanted to convey to his audience. It has to be heard, seen, touched, smelt and felt to appreciate the works.

Also my description doesn’t  cover what the event is all about even in the remotest manner. However I wanted to document my experience and let those who couldn’t make it into biennale this time to try to come next time.

 

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The Malabari biriyani : From fan’s mouth

Ingredients
Chicken – 1 kg ( with bones )

To marinate
Redchilly powder – 1 tbs
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 1/2 tbs
Chicken masala – 1 1/2 tbs ( i used eastern chicken masala )
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbs
Salt

For gravy
Onions – 6 -7(thinly sliced )
Tomatoes – 2
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbs
Green chillies – 1-2
Garam masala – 1 tsp
pepper powder – 1tsp
Corainder leaves- fistful
Mint leaves/ pudina – few
oil or ghee ( I used oil )

For rice
Biriyani rice – 3 cup
Ghee – 2 tbs
Onion – 1 (thinly sliced lenghtwise )
Cinnamon sticks – 2-3 sticks
Cardamom pods – 4-5
Cloves – 4
bay leaf – 2
Star anise – 2
Fennel – 1 tbs
Peppercorns – 1tsp (optional )
Lime juice- 1 tbs
Salt
Boiling Water – 5 1/2 cup

For garnishing
Ghee – 1 tbs
Fried onions – 2 tbs
Cashewnuts – 1 tbs
Sultanas /raisins – 1 tbs

Method
Soak the biriyani rice in some water for 1/2 hour – 1 hour.
Drain the rice and allow it to dry.
Meanwhile marinate the chicken with all the ingredients mentioned under marination and keep it aside for 30 minutes.
In a big wok add oil /ghee and saute thinly sliced onions adding a pinch of salt. Saute until they are brown, it may take upto 30 minutes.Walk away from onions and come back once in while and give it a stir.
Once onions are well browned add ginger garlic paste, green chillies,fry for a minute or so.
Add chopped tomatoes and cook until slighlt mushy.
Add marinated chicken and cook covered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked.
Finally add garam masala, pepper powder, corainder leaves, mint leaves and cook for a minute and remove from fire.
Meanwhile in a heavy bottomed pan add 2 tbs ghee and throw in the whole garam masala and fry till a nice smell comes, add in the sliced onions and saute the thinly sliced onions for rice until they are soft and light brown.
Add the rice, lime juice , salt and fry the rice for few minutes until rice becomes lighlty brittle.
Add 5 1/2 cups of boiling water, salt and cook till the water has all been abosrbed , rice will be 99 % cooked now.Switch off the flame, leave the rice covered ( it will get fully cooked from heat) for 5 minutes.
In a oven proof dish layer rice and chicken masala alternately and cover the dish tightly and pop them into a preheated oven at 180 degree C for 15 – 20 minutes.
In a pan add ghee and fry cashewnuts until brown, fry sultanas/raisins until they puff up and keep it aside.
Once the biriyani is out of the oven garnish the biriyani with fried onions, cashewnuts and sultanas.
We serve it hot with some coconut chutney, raita, pappad, pickles and cabbage thoran but you can
even enjoy the biriyani on its own !

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