Computing, Libraries, Tennis, India & other interests of Vikas Kamat
| HR Nagesha Rao is No More|
Haldodderi R. Nagesha Rao, a veteran journalist from Karnataka, passed away Sunday morning.(via private email from his son H.N.Sudhindra)
Keertinath Kurtakoti is No More
Keerti, as he was popularly known, was a distinguished Kannada critic and scholar. Along with G.B. Joshi he was intrumental in bringing to light, a number of great Kannada writers, including my father.
Till his last days, Mr. Kurtakoti served as the literary advisor to the prestigious Mangohara Grintha Mala publishing house in Dharwad. He was a frequent visitor to Kamat residence, although, I am unable to locate any of his photographs right now. However, shown below is a historical photograph showing the three giants of Dharwad, Keerti, GB, and Bendre.
Some Who Saved Kannada
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Monday, August 4, 2003|
Last Modified: 8/4/2003
|Indian English|| |
| Hinglees (Indian English)
An article in Spectator on Indian
English has entertained many, and offended some. It deals with the particular brand of English spoken by the city-bred in India (Example: "I will intimate you" to mean, "I will notify you").
The following are my pet Hinglish axioms
- Self-suicide (suicide)
- Cousin-brother (male cousin)
- Compound-wall (that wall around the house)
- Pre-pone (opposite of postpone)
- Co-brother (brother-in-law)
Understanding Indian English and trouble with writing Indian terms in English language.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Tuesday, August 5, 2003|
Last Modified: 9/12/2003
|August Updates|| |
| Awesome August Unfolding|
The month of August is the busiest month of the year for the Kamat's Potpourri website.
In preparation, we have added lots of new contents.
Amma reminiscences the history of Marikamba
temple in Sirsi, and notes how the tribal (or native) cultures of India have
blended with the brahmanical (or reformed) schools of thought. I was especially
astonished to learn the ghastly animal-sacrificing practices, as this is
something that has disappeared in my time the animals having been substituted with coconuts. I have heard similar stories about the Chamundi temple of Mysore.
A new section on Predators of India
has been opened with articles on Lions, Cheetahs, and tigers.
I requested Amma to write about some great leaders of Karnataka, and she has
obliged by profiling Rao Bahdur
Deshpande, Karnad Sadashiv Rao. I have written a brief blog on how and why
the state of Karnataka got
Crude Kamat is a yet another behind-the-scenes
look at Kamat's Potpourri for our fans and admirers. I just scanned some
scattered documents on my desk and we have a new section!
There is an update to Vikas's Goof Log as well.
Eight Years of Kamat's Potpourri
I have a friend who was raised in an orphanage, and quite do not know when is
her birthday. But we always celebrate her birthday on July 4th -- it's a
holiday, and is a great day to celebrate.
I kind of do the same for Kamat's Potpourri. We exactly do not know when it
was started (although the very first idea occurred to Hiryoung on the July 4th
weekend of 1995) , and the Introduction to Kamat's Potpourri by Bappa is dated
August 15, 1997, India's 50th Independence Day. So, I think of August 15th as
the birthday for Kamat's Potpourri.
And that makes us Eight Years old. Wow.
Chronology of Development of Kamat.com
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Wednesday, August 6, 2003|
Last Modified: 8/11/2003
|Forgotten Faces|| |
| Forgotten Leaders of India|
Continuing my series on the forgotten faces of Indian freedom struggle. Today we look at fredom-fighters who favored more drastic (or revolutionary) approach, than non-violence advocated by Gandhi.
P.S. I have not listed Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, or Chandrashekhar Azad here, because I don't think we've forgotten them.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Monday, August 11, 2003|
Last Modified: 8/11/2003
|Forgotten Leaders, Forgotten Movements|| |
| Forgotten Leaders, Forgotten Movements|
Amma remembers a great congressman from Karnataka Karnad Sadashiv Rao. Like most people, I didnot know that the Sadashivanagar locality of Bangalore was named after him.
From Blog Archives: Khilafat Movement
And more forgotten faces of India's Freedom Struggle:
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Tuesday, August 12, 2003|
Last Modified: 8/12/2003
|India at 56|| |
| Rediff.com Specials on Aug 15|
Rediff is running a lot of stories on the occasion of India's Independence
day. I personally liked these two interviews with Jyoti Rai and Mohammad Abrar in the
fascinating India56 section.
In her report Blast from the
Past, Velany Fernandes profiles some of the popular websites
on Indian history, including Kamat's Potpourri. Velany delicately raises the interesting issue of representation/mis-representation of history by self-published historians.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Thursday, August 14, 2003|
Last Modified: 8/14/2003
|August 15|| |
| August 15 @ Kamats|
Two years ago on August 15, my father's book 'Return Journey' (cover, my review) was released. On way to his book release function, Bappa had photographed school children in a small village observing India's Independence Day, and written a wonderful letter to me on how inspiring the day had been -- kids belonging to various castes, creeds, religions, and tribes, celebrating a nation's liberation, also reminiscing August 15, 1947, the actual day India had become free. One of these days I must find the letter and re-read it...
It was on a August 15th that I arrived in America (in 1990, for graduate studies in Computer Science).
Every year on August 15, I donate blood.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Friday, August 15, 2003|
Last Modified: 8/14/2004 12:17:06 AM
|What is Meant by || |
| Big Advertisements on Kamat.com|
After much cajoling on part of our ad. agency, I have decided to give the big horizontal banner advertisments (known as the "Leadeboards" in the industry) a try, as you can see on this page, and on the main page.
What's Meant by "Last Updated?"
That's one of the questions that has bothered me ever since I got involved with online conent production. If an ad. banner on a page is changed (like above), should the date of last update be modified? What if a typo was fixed? What if nothing changed, and the page was just republished?
On Kamat's Potpourri, I define "Last Updated" as the date that page was last processed by the Content Management System, whether or not the contents actually changed.
This is necessary for me, because even if I did not edit the page manually, there might be a new picture, a new suggested link, or a relevant hyperlink that has become available since its last update. BTW that's the only way I can manage the hundreds of thousands inter-related links (I stopped counting after 200,000) on Kamat's Potpourri.
At the same time, I am aware of shortcomings of this approach, and to dilute the meaning of it, I have not provided a feature like "What's Updated", or "Browse by Last Update". Our Content Explorer however, supports "Search by First Online" feature (Eg: Pages Published on Aug 15, 2003)
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Monday, August 18, 2003|
Last Modified: 8/19/2003
|This Ganesh Drink No Milk|| |
| Ganesh Festival|
On the eve of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, enjoy a fine collection of pictures of Lord Ganesh in Indian Art
Warning. None of Ganesha pictures on our site drink milk. Please do not feed our Ganesh!
Explanation of the Warning
Some years ago, there was mass hysteria in India (and among Hindus of America) that some idols of Ganesh had started drinking milk offered by the devotees. My mother told me of a sign-board in a temple in Washington D.C. that read "This Ganesh Does Not Drink Milk. Please Do Not Offer".
Milk-drinking miracles is what you get when you mix superstitions with devotion.
Idolatry in India
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Wednesday, August 20, 2003|
Last Modified: 8/22/2003
|Rise and Fall of Naveen Jain|| |
| The Rise and Fall of Naveen Jain
Naveen Jain rose to prominence during the dot-com boom and at one time was worth
some 8 Billion US Dollars.
The Indian press sang his glories to no avail. His quotes like "I am
tired of making billions for Bill", and "We will be the first trillion
dollar company" made regular rounds, and he was a much sought after executive among the reporters. Everybody wanted to be like Naveen.
His arrogance was to prove too costly. Fellow executives could not work with
him, and he was eventually fired from the company he started.
Then the multi-million dollar house he'd bought started leaking. He
sued, and lost.
Then InfoSpace sued him under the Non-Compete
Then he was busted for unethical
was ordered to pay $247 million back to the company he founded.
Poor dude. Nothing's going his way thesedays. What a mess, what a legacy.
Let us change gears now to recognize some ordinary, yet extra-ordinary
Amma's Column: My friend Sarojini
Kulkarni, and her father Narayan
Prof. A.N. Moorthy Rao is No More (via ThatsKannada)
A/N. Moorthy Rao (1900-2003)
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Saturday, August 23, 2003|
Last Modified: 8/26/2003
|News Links|| |
| Bombs in Bombay|
© K. L. Kamat
The Gateway of India, Mumbai, where one of the bombs exploded today (file photo)
Links to stories on today's bomb explosions in Mumbai (a.k.a. Bombay).
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Monday, August 25, 2003|
Last Modified: 8/25/2003
|California or Bust|| |
| California or Bust|
I am headed to California to meet with some friends and for a brief vacation. If you spot a Indian guy with a receding hairline, with a Korean woman, and a coterie, near Golden Gate Bridge or Lake Tahoe, that's me.
The annual reunion is my favorite time of the year to listen to my friends' viewpoints on outlook on life, stock market, home-theater, and other modern problems. I consider it the "Listen-and-Learn" vacation.
See some lessons from previous years.
See Also: Wide-Wide-West
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Wednesday, August 27, 2003|
Last Modified: 9/3/2003
|This is how I surf the web. Turns out
creating your own start page beats all portals, back-flipping,
personalized corporate pages, and book-marking tools.