Wikimedia India

Submitted by hpn on March 8, 2010 - 11:20

Back in 2004, we used to have discussions on how to improve Indian language projects on Wikipedia and related projects. It was then that the discussions had also channeled towards a probable Indian Chapter that could provide support and backing for the local community and the local projects. At that time, there were just a few chapters worldwide.

Tata Internet Services disrupted

Submitted by hpn on December 20, 2008 - 17:18
People using Tata Indicom Broadband (and several other services here in India) seem to be affected by heavy packet loss in their Internet connections. When I called up the Tata Indicom Customer Care almost in what seemed to be the umpteenth time I was calling them in last two days, I was told about some "submarine cable damage", "main server issue" and few other such things.
An old soap hpn December 17, 2008 - 18:24
I don't know how many of us would remember the 501, Nirma and similar soap bars that had become so much a part of life back in those days when Rin, Surf Excel or the fancy German detergents had still not entered the market. I remember people taking those detergent bars with them to nearby water source to wash their clothes. Much has changed now, but I still remember the fragrance of 501 or even Nirma. It has been years since I last saw one, though. Today, I stopped by a grocery store in a village on the way home. An auto driver was unloading his stock of "N S" bar.

Reality Check

Submitted by hpn on December 3, 2008 - 08:51
So much has been discussed about what happened in Mumbai. Local media has went overboard in reporting, deducing and also debating almost everything surrounding it. Politicians are getting booed all over, at last, and deservingly so. If the boo continues and sustains the intensity, anger till the elections, it could bring about a sea of change in India. But how much would Mumbai 26/11 aftermath really change India? Will India really 'wake up' to the situation?
Nuclear Deal *is* the priority! hpn September 13, 2008 - 17:00
HPN's cartoon (Click above for full view) Not as much take on the present situation as I'd hoped when I started sketching this, but its a take on the situation nevertheless. :-)
Spot the odd one out hpn August 11, 2008 - 20:40
While Abhinav Bindra made those among the billion Indians who get a chance to bother about Olympics (enough to check it on the news) proud, it saved the same billion from what could have been a huge embarrassment of a much publicized event. But then, several things may go unnoticed or just shadowed. This report for instance which asserts on, but never quite gets noticed when it says:
"And Sports Minister M S Gill had the last word.

Blasted blasts in Bangalore

Submitted by hpn on July 25, 2008 - 14:22
Low intensity or not, would just condemning the terror attacks suffice? There has to be some serious rethinking of how media portrays acts like these, how we as people react to it and how much of it we remember enough to do something about it. What strikes blatantly though is how devastation and death becomes just the content for News Channels and withers away in the memory of the public.

More Store: A pathetic store, an open letter

Submitted by hpn on March 27, 2008 - 18:28
Hello all at MoreStore, We walked into your Store at Nagarbhavi, Bengaluru partly curious to witness to what extent Aditya Birla has changed Fabmall :-) But I should say that I was very disappointed with the quality of supply and the unpolished attitude of apparently untrained personnel. Several goods that are well beyond their declared shelf life (expiry) are still dogging for customer's attention. Soft Drinks with labels stripped off, Soft Drinks with leaked bottles, Dusty packs of fruit juice, stale vegetables (at the door and inside) are mostly to be seen.