Archive for September, 2012

Again, National Book Fair, Kasturchand Park, Nagpur

September 30, 2012

Some 10 months ago, I had written about the National Book Fair held at Kasturchand Park, Nagpur.  I had bought 11 books—bulky 1800 pages—back then.  I read some of them, and I left a few.  And here comes back the National Book Fair again.  It’s currently being held at the same place.  It has become an integral part of my being in Nagpur and I have been visiting it consistently for 10 years now.  My patterns of reading have changed; the trends of my book-shopping have changed; what has not changed is the same enthusiasm with which I rush myself to the fair as soon as I know of it.

People enjoying going through books at National Book Fair Nagpur.  This fair has become an integral part of reading culture in Nagpur over the years.

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Being Indian. Being Plural.

September 30, 2012

Being Plural. Being Indian.

While my experimentation with SVG continues, I have tried creating this logo with Inkscape.  It depicts secularism and plurality of thoughts in India.

India is a land of diversity.  We have a long tradition of differences of opinions and argumentative discourses.  Many authors of different times have hailed pluralism as a distinct characteristic of our Indian-ness.  Shashi Tharoor, in his 2007 article, finds pluralism as an integral part of the Indian idea.

I created this logo for Wikipedia article Secularism in India.  There are a few glitches remaining that are being fixed.  Give me your feedback.

Fun with SVGs

September 29, 2012

What if I tell you people create and edit image files in notepad?  Doesn’t it sound unbelievable, and so interesting? So it is!  Try this example.  Copy-paste the following code in the notepad.

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Save the notepad file with an extension .svg (make sure it is not .txt, the default notepad format). Close the file, and open it with a modern browser.  This is what you wound get.  And the best thing about SVGs is it can be zoomed at whatever level without any loss of quality.  Click on the image below and zoom it to infinity 🙂

This is what you would get!

This is what you would get!

Isn’t it interesting?  And there is a lot more to learn 🙂

Randomness…

September 21, 2012

Is it still raining out?  I don’t know.  It was raining when I came home about an hour ago.  I had plans.  I was to read what happened to Muhammad Tughlaq.  I was to plan for a tentative visit to a monument on Sunday.

I did nothing.  I started computer, played Mannipaaya, browsed through Facebook, etc., and again played Mannipaaya.

It seems like the rain has stopped now.  Shall I get up and go out instead of just sitting here and missing you?

I am missing you a lot

September 20, 2012

Like I had always been looking for you.  Shall I say that?  B’coz I never knew what I was looking for.  I had times when I cried intensely for that something, and still never knew what “that something” was.  I got along with people; I got away; again got along with new ones.  I always felt that loss of something; of something that I have never had.  And then after a while, still a long while ago, I made up my mind that I was looking for myself; this search was to be independent from anyone else.  I made up my mind that something is missing from me and only I can fill that up.  I need to improve myself; I need to find me myself.  I put my short bio on twitter with a shair of Iqbal:

Dhoondhata phirta hoon aye “Iqbal” apne aap ko,
Aap hii goya musaafir aap hi manzil hoo.n main!

I keep wandering, oh Iqbal, in search of my self,
As if I am a traveller and I myself am the destination!

I remember myself crying, and crying until I fell asleep, scribbling this shair, and similar stuff, on a paper.

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How to upload flickr photos on Wikimedia Commons

September 19, 2012

1.  Make sure you are logged in to Wikimedia Commons.
2.  Go to Flickr Upload Bot.  Enter your Wikipedia username and URL of the flickr image.
3.  Click Next.
4.  You will be redirected to Wikimedia Commons.  Save the page and look for “click this link” to complete the upload, and click.
5.  You will be again redirected to the Flickr Upload Bot.  You are done.  Your image is now on Wikimedia Commons.

Note:  You can upload any image, your’s or others’, that has Commons compatible license, i.e. CC-BY or CC-BY-SA, and there are millions of such.  Give it a try.  Do tell me your experience 🙂

Off to reading the History of Medieval India

September 16, 2012

I have torn a book in three.  I should have done this much earlier.  I had a big old copy of “An Advanced History of India” by Majumdar, Raychaudhuri, and Datta—a tome of 1100+ pages—1990 print.  I tried to read it several times, but could not do that with any consistency with its size and huge scope.  The book covers the Indian History from pre-Vedic ages up to the creation of Bangladesh in 1971.  Due to this wide spectrum of period, and due to my personal inability to hold on my efforts over such a long read, I could read only parts of this book here and there.  In an effort to manage it in a decent way, I tore it in three, and what I am going to read is only part II, viz. Medieval India—from around 1100 to 1750s. AD.

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Coming up soon…

September 15, 2012

The Ganesh festival is just around and the colorful Ganesha idols have started to show up in the market 🙂

Ganesha idols in Nagpur market.

The captain of a sinking boat (a cartoon)

September 13, 2012

Cartoons are in a “yo” nowadays!  You just need to create a potentially controversial cartoon and you get a sudden fame.  An intelligent guy like me should not let go this opportunity and must try to fetch as much fame as I can.  I’ve some contacts up there; I’ll try if they can put me in jail, then I will deny a bail etc., you know it all!  So here is the first step towards being famous, my cartoon 🙂

SinkingBoat

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I don’t take much risks. I should!

September 9, 2012

I have heard of people who enclose themselves within a barrel and roll over the Niagara fall.  I would probably not do that; I don’t take much risks.

It was a weekend.  Excitement was in the air; kind of mania.  Nothing special, just a bit of freedom!  I went to Ambazari.  It was flowing over and people were enjoying the free shower!

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I stayed away, as I usually do, from the brim, watching the people enjoying.  I tried taking photos.  Some boys were diving from the high sidewall on which I was standing.  I wanted to take an “up in the air” shot; I couldn’t exactly catch that moment.  It was somewhere between this:

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