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Chamba: An open animated movie project

The Chamba or Chamba Swathanthra Cinema Project is, in its own words, "an ambitious effort to create a Swathanthra (Free/Libre/Open/Mukt) Animation Movie by pooling in contributions from people around the world and funding artists directly...". The driving force appears to be a bunch of Blender enthusiasts.

India's inner engineering

You are forgiven if you believed that this was going to be a feel-good post on India's rising technological prowess. Instead, you are going to be briefly acquainted (if you haven't already been) with the concept of inner engineering as propounded by Jaggi Vasudev.

Amazon (finally) launches Kindle + Kindle Store in India

Amazon has launched a Kindle Store specifically for India where books can be bought in rupees. While this looks interesting with works by a number of Indian authors also being made available, what is just as exciting is that Indians can finally get their hands on a Kindle without having to import it themselves. Amazon has tied up with Tata's Croma to offer the Kindle for Rs. 6999.

India's very own Pirate Party

If you're familiar with the history of the torrent site, The Pirate Bay, you might well have heard of the related organisation, the Swedish Pirate Party, which famously went on to win two seats in the European parliament. Since then, a number of pirate parties have been formed around the world.

A Coimbatore hospital's migration to Linux

T.R. Easwar is a surgeon--at Ortho One, a hospital in Coimbatore--who moonlights as a python programmer with a passion for open source. In a recent blog post, he has written about his two-year long endeavour to migrate the hospital's PCs from Windows to Linux.

The voice of Gandhi

Rather surprisingly, I realised earlier today that I had never heard any speeches by Gandhi. YouTube, as usual for such matters, did not disappoint.

During his stay in England in 1931, when the Columbia Gramophone Company requested him to make a record for them, Gandhi pleaded his inability to speak politics, and added that, at the age of sixtytwo, he could make his first and last record which should, if wanted, make his voice heard for all time. Confessing his anxiety to speak on the spiritual matters, on October 20, 1931 he read out his old article "On God":

Branded clothing and India's online retailers

If you are one of those people who has paid through the nose for trendy, branded, American clothing via an online Indian retailer, then you might be interested in this article on Reuters. According to the report, it's highly likely that you have either bought old stock, unlicensed stock, or plain ol' counterfeit dregs.

An Amar Chitra Katha katha

Samir Patil is a man who left McKinsey to return to India to, well, buy the pre-Harry-Potter wellspring of joy and inspiration that is Amar Chitra Katha. In a blog on the Harvard Business Review website, he recounts some of the challenges he faced as the head of the newly formed ACK media.

Ashoke Sen awarded USD 3M 'Fundamental Physics Prize'

The theoretical physicist, Ashoke Sen, is one of nine recipients of the newly created Fundamental Physics Prize. The prize is awarded to scientists who have made notable contributions to fundamental research in physics. Sen was selected for his ground-breaking contributions to the field of string theory and particularly,

A global perspective of India's states and territories

The Economist has a fascinating visual piece correlating India's states and union territories to equivalent countries of the world in terms of economy and population.

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