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Vikas Kamat
 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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New at Kamats Durable Link to this BLOG
Kamat Blog Portal has gotten colorful

Amma is on a tour of Orissa state. You can look forward to many updates on this mysterious Eastern state of India.

After my recent trip to Goa, its temples and museums, our Glimpses of Goa section has gotten a nice facelift.

We are experimenting with using LaTeX for publishing contents in Indian languages. Please await the details and the results!

I finished my 2006 Winter Tennis season with 50% results. 8-( But now I am tuned very well for Spring when I play the Local Interclub "B-League" and USTA (United States Tennis Association) Mixed Doubles.

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(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Last Modified: 3/7/2006 7:49:44 AM


Old India in Photographs Durable Link to this BLOG
Photography arrived in India through the Europeans in early 1900s, and photographs of the period are perhaps the most authentic record of social life, customs, attire, and street life of the time.

My dad was collector of such photographs, and indeed you see samples from our collection used throughout the site. (for documenting the periods before photography, we have used landscape paintings, sculptures, inscriptions, and period literature. Anyway...)

Recently I had an opportunity to visit the home of Dr. Rajeswari Chatterjee (a terrific lady BTW, more about her in another entry) and she had some fantastic photographs of her family. I didn't have good equipment or light to capture them, but thought that they spoke so much.

© Vikas Kamat
Girls in Indian Drapes
Girls in Sarees, Old Mysore, circa 1920

Of course, y'all know the fantastic story of the following photograph...

© K. L. Kamat
When the Tiger was killed ...

Kamat Research Database: Old Photographs of India
BBC: Old Photographs of India
Taljhari India: More Old Photographs of India

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Last Modified: 3/8/2006 5:41:58 PM


From Here and There Durable Link to this BLOG
Young Classical Dancer VP Rubiya (link to BBC story) is my main woman.

Sepia Mutity: Chirac Commits Blasphemy by shaking hands with a turbaned man.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Thursday, March 9, 2006
Last Modified: 3/9/2006 9:07:41 PM


Meet Amma in Bangalore Durable Link to this BLOG
Amma will preside over a function at Mythic Society (on Nripatunga Road, Bangalore) today remembering historian-administrator Wilkes. 6:00 P.M.

Holi FestivalFestival of Colors
The festival of Holi is celebrated in India by spraying colors on each other. Pictorial exhibition showing celebration of the Holi. My greetings to the readers of this blog on the occaion of the Holi festival.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Last Modified: 3/14/2006 9:27:42 PM


Life in KamatPlex Durable Link to this BLOG
Life in KamatPlex - A Photo Essay
(inspired by photographs of Googlepex at TIME)

KamatPlex, Birmingham
KamatPlex Head Office
Dog friendly workplace surrounded by flowers and woods provide a stimulating workplace. March 2006

The Kamat PictureSearch!
Finding a needle in a haystack
Dr. Jyotsna Kamat searches through Kamat Photo Archive. No other facility in the world is said to have such a fast retrieval system.

A Picture at the Kamat Kitchen
If you want a job done well, do it yourself
The web producers take a break preparing gourmet dishes. December 2000

Helping Hands
State of the Art Duplication Facility
Kamat (second from right) walks a mile to 8th cross Malleswaram to get a document photocopied. The shop-keeper then offers a very personalized service, sometimes commenting on Kamat's articles or sketches. January 2000

View from Apsarakonda  Hill
Open Air Office
The Kamats brainstorming an idea in open air conference
Apsarakonda Beach, 2006

Kim Kamat, 2004

KamatPlex features such benefits as therapeutic oil massages and baths from relatives.

Kim Kamat, 2004

The fans of Kamats are well known to provide delicious fruit, rare manuscripts and other perks. It is firmly believed that such admiration and adulation keeps the KamatPlex ticking.

Jyotsna Interprets an Inscription
The Field Trip
Jyotsna Kamat interprets an inscription
The village of Hadolli, February 2005

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(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Last Modified: 3/15/2006 11:54:44 AM


Reviews of Durable Link to this BLOG
Bloggers' Reviews of Kamat's Potpourri

The following is a list of reviews of Kamat's Potpourri written by various bloggers.

If you have a blog or website of your own, I encourage you to write a review (good review or bad, doesn't matter, I am soliciting thoughtful feedback). If you do not have a blog, please consider writing a review on Amazon or StumpleUpon.

Of course, you can send your feedback privately via email at Contact Kamats

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(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Friday, March 17, 2006
Last Modified: 3/19/2006 7:41:03 PM


Ice-cream called Gudbud Durable Link to this BLOG
The Gudbud (a.k.a. Gadbad) is probably the most exotic ice-cream meal you will ever eat. Very popular in the part of India that I come from, you can easily prepare it it USA.

Gudbud is a hearty ice-cream. The advertisements claim it as "Gudbud Meal", as it is very filling.

© Vikas Kamat
The Gudbud Ice Cream
Advertisement for Gudbud Ice-cream in Mangalore

But first a story/joke.

In some Indian languages "gudbud" means haste or even trouble and pandemonium.

Once a connoisseur from my town went out of town (where they didn't know about Gudbud ice-cream) and entered an eatery by the bus station. The multiple meanings of gudbud led to a lot of confusion (or should I say gudbud?)

The connoisseur asked the owner of the eatery, "Do you have Gudbud?"
Owner: "Welcome! I'm in no gudbud Sir, please have a seat" (assuming that the customer has a long wait for the bus)
The customer sits down down and waits for a long time and gets no service.
Customer (impatiently): "Can I have my Gudbud or not?!"
Owner: "I don't mind Sir. You can wait as long as you want. The bus is always late."
Customer (puzzled): "I want Gudbud to eat."
Owner: "I'm sorry, I thought you were not in a hurry to eat. What can I bring you? I have Masala Dosa, Idli..."
Customer (angrily): "I want Gudbud!."
Owner (smiling, as if he can handle any trouble): "I can handle any gudbud Sir. I have handled lot of gudbud in my lifetime."

How to Make Gudbud Ice-cream

Requirements: Vanilla ice-cream, Strawberry ice-cream, Saffron (Kesar, available at Indian grocery stores) ice-cream, unsalted cashew nuts and raisins.

Serving: In a tall glass, mix cashews and raisins. Stack a scoop each of vanilla, strawberry and saffron ice-creams.

I sometimes substitute peach or butterscotch ice-cream instead of saffron, and use Craisins instead of raisins.

The best way to eat Gudbud is to dig deep vertically with a long spoon so that each mouthful has a layer of each of the ingredients. It also helps smear the flavors into each other which enhances the experience!

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Last Modified: 3/26/2006 12:23:06 PM


Yugadi Links Durable Link to this BLOG
Song of Yugadi

Song of Yugadi is the English translation of a famous Indian song.

Autograph-Photograph is an excellent series by Malli.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Sunday, March 26, 2006
Last Modified: 3/26/2009 10:33:28 PM

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