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Regular customer

Regular customer

After an initial week of struggle and occasional no-show, we have comfortably settled down with Doodhwala for our daily milk supply. Given our Bengaluru-outskirts disadvantage, there are not too many options for daily delivery of milk, and finding a consistent and predictable source is helpful. The way Doodhwala works, we need to fill money in its online wallet and place… Read more →

The power of words, as a cycle - literally, notionally and literally

The power of words, as a cycle – literally, notionally and literally

I read Max Barry’s novel Lexicon 2-3 years ago. It was a fascinating read about an exclusive, secretive school where students are taught to harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind. Literally, they learn phrases, which, when uttered, makes people do things! They manipulate people using words, very very literally (unlike politicians who do it figuratively). All… Read more →

Samantha, Jane, Gaia and ruing over annoyingly primitive human-machine interface

Samantha, Jane, Gaia and ruing over annoyingly primitive human-machine interface

The first thing that hit me when Theodore finished installing the new OS and started ?speaking? to ?her?, in Spike Jonze?s Her? was Jane, from Speaker For The Dead, part 2 of the Ender Series, by Orson Scott Card. I wasn?t really keen on reading the 2nd part after finishing the first book (that I thoroughly enjoyed) after seeing a… Read more →

Will this carpooling app work?

I recall seeing quite a few tweets on how Olacabs works when you use their GPS-based map service. In short, you look up the map on your GPS-enabled phone, identify an Olacabs car close to your location and click on one to book it. That’s nothing short of brilliant in a country where the details of your booked cab will… Read more →