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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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• BusinessWeek has an article on the Rise of India.
• Mahesh Shantaram's Turkey Day in Turkey travel tales.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Monday, December 1, 2003
Last Modified: 12/1/2003


Greetings from SanDestin Durable Link to this BLOG
Greetings from SanDestin, Florida

Puppy and Daddy

Rental for the condo. on the beach that accepts pets: $250.00
Floatable Kong Toy: $9.99
Girly Jewelry for the Pet: $55.00

Bonding with your pet and forgetting the pain of loss of a child, priceless.

Playing with TinTin's Mind

I love to play with TinTin's mind, much to the complaints of my wife. My claim is that it enlarges TinTin's mind during her formative weeks.

First I introduced the concept of mirrors to TinTin. The concept is not simple as you might think. The professor who taught us computer vision used to ask -"How come the picture in the mirror is only left-side-right, and not upside-down?"

I am trying to introduce the surround-sound technology to her by exposing her to various repeatable sounds.

This weekend, I took her to the beach, just to introduce her examples of infinity, and to teach why jumping from sand-dunes doesn't hurt. I am also trying to show her why some objects float and why some others down in water.

• SanDestin, FL
• More Entries on TinTin

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Sunday, December 7, 2003
Last Modified: 12/7/2003


Really Busy December Ahead Durable Link to this BLOG
December Diary

Note to Self: do not make any appointments for the following days

• Dec 12- Christmas Party I
• Dec 13 - SPI Christmas Party in Atlanta
• Dec 15 - Fantasy Football Playoffs
• Dec 19 - Christmas Party II and III
• Dec 23 - Christmas Party IV
• Dec 26 - Reunion in Chicago
• Dec 30 - InfoSys Campus Visit (Link updated 1/28/04)

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Monday, December 8, 2003
Last Modified: 1/28/2004


Rajaji, 125 Durable Link to this BLOG
Rajaji 125

C. Rajagopalachari (1878 - 1972)
C. Rajagopalachari (1878 - 1972)

Hindu: Progressive Conservative Natwar Singh remembers Rajaji.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Last Modified: 12/10/2003


Compassion has No Drought Durable Link to this BLOG
Compassion has No Drought

Translated from a Kannada letter written to the editor at Kannada Original by Dr.Vijayalakshmi.

Quote Begin

As I was about to visit the famous Banashankari temple the other day, a poor elderly woman approached me and asked me to buy rotis (flat Indian bread) from her. I told her I was not interested, to which she said "There has been a terrible drought here for the last four years and living has become difficult. If tourists such as yourself buy bread from me, we can survive."

As soon I heard the word "drought", I was drawn to my duty for charity and I gave her ten Rupees (equivalent of a twenty US Cents) in sympathy, and went inside the temple.

After I finished with my offerings and prayers at the temple, I was pleasantly surprised to see the elderly lady waiting for me with her merchandise - two hand-rolled rotis. She suggested a couple of dips I could use to enhance the taste. I was touched by her affection and gave a hundred Rupees to help her out, for which she was overjoyed and wanted to sell me all rotis she had in the basket! I told her that I was not hungry at all, and could not accept her goodies.

"If so, ma'am, there are a lot of poor and hungry people in the village. Shall I gather some of them so you can distribute bread to them from your own hands?"

I was speechless at the sense of her sharing and her sense of justice, that I do not find in educated and well-off citizens of our nation. I am writing this experience at the suggestion of M. Chidananda Murthy, as an insightful incident into the Indian value system.

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See Also:
• Living with the Poor -- "He might be an uneducated man, a righteous one notheless"
• Education and Intelligence are not related
• Portrait of M. Chidananda Murthy

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Sunday, December 14, 2003
Last Modified: 12/16/2003


SUV Tax Break Durable Link to this BLOG
SUV Tax Break

Only 12 days left to buy an expensive SUV (that weighs more than 9000 6000 pounds, and costs upto $100,000) and get a tax break.

If you do not know what I am talking about, search for SUV Tax Loophole. No wonder I see so many H2s on the road...

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Thursday, December 18, 2003
Last Modified: 12/25/2003


Art Inspired by Durable Link to this BLOG
Art Inspired by

Art inspires art.

Woman in Sari Decorates the Front Yard
(Above)Original Photograph of Woman Laying Rangoli. The photographer has documented the moment by capturing the anchored left foot (to maintain the lanace), the concentration and devotion of the artist.

(Below) Elevating art. Artist Lynne Beasley's painting based on the above photograph is even more inspiring.

Invitation to Goddess Laxmi

See Also:
• Life Inspires Art? or Art Inspires Life?
• Collage Inspired by

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Sunday, December 21, 2003
Last Modified: 12/21/2003


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Meet the Kamats

If you can, please attend a function organized by Friends of Kamat on Jan 11, 2004 in B.M.Shri. Foundation in Bangalore at 5:30 PM, where the memorial volume honoring Dr. K.L.Kamat will be released by Dr. M.Chidananda Murthy.

Jayant Kaikini, and Dr. Hemalata Mahishi will speak, and Dr. Suryanath Kamath will preside.

You can meet all the Kamats of Kamat's Potpourri-- Jyotsna, Hiryoung, and Vikas in one place!

See Also:
• In Bappa's Memory
• About the Memorial Volume: Cover Page, The Name (in Kannada)

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Monday, December 22, 2003
Last Modified: 12/22/2003

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