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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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One Website, So  Many Uses

I know that our website is used as a reference in many schools and universities to learn about Gandhi and India. Yet, I get tickled when educators use it in ways that I never imagined. Examples:

  • To learn English -- for some students in France, reading an article from our site and learning five new words is homework!
  • To learn religious sensitivity -- the FBI,  the Police in U.K., and U.S.A, use our website regularly in their ethnic sensitivity courses. This has taken a bigger role in the post-911 law-enforcement. I have a joke about it:  After using a lot of money,  bribes, kidnapping, and blackmail, Osama-bin-Laden figures out a way to decrypt the FBI-CIA signals, and all he gets to see is contents of Kamat's Potpourri ! (The educational programs of FBI and secret service are carried on the same encrypted network, as their business)
  • To learn web navigation and web technology -- our Timeline of India, and the Sitemap are cited as great examples of providing easy navigation for complex subject matters. Studying Kamat's Potpourri from a technology perspective is an assignment during a multi-media/new media courses in two universities.
  • As an archive of rare images -- licensees include TV stations (BBC/A&E), textbook publishers (in Australia, Germany, and Ireland), newspapers (Boston Globe/NY Times), and collectible picture-card makers. Yesterday a researcher working on alternate positions during child-birth was overjoyed at discovering some positions prevalent in India a long time ago.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Thursday, February 27, 2003
Last Modified: 2/27/2003

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