The pleasant breeze. Bloom everywhere and just becoming unbearable Sun. It is springs time in New Delhi, India.
The religious theater:
All temples, churches, gurudwaras are nothing but religious theaters pretending to be greater than rest of mankind. Just like politicians.
I have tried my best to stay away from these commercial theatres playing the show of ‘God Bless You’. After all if God is The God why would thou shall have human prejudice of favouring only those who flatter the thou by visiting temple, church and gurudwaras. More so, how the places so commercial, as these temples etc. are, can be sponsored by The God unless such God is a proverbial dumb blonde or a moron. Continue reading
When death is sweet.
Death is the only certainty in life, its timing is not. While I was watching the funeral arrangements being made for the body left behind, my mind was struggling with waves of thought. What is death? Is it distinct from life? Is life part of death or vice versa?
Death in ripe old age of 85! Is it a matter of sorrow or relief? Actually the sorrow is for our loss. It depends on our dependence, financial or moral. The less dependent we are on the dead, less meaningful and even lessor is the depth of our sorrow. Continue reading
Linux Mint/Ubuntu on 32 GB USB drive with persistent home folder.
Regular install attempt with Ubiquity:
With large capacity USB drives becoming cheap, it is axiomatic that an installation of Ubuntu/Linux should be desired thereon. That would be so nice to carry a pendrive in pocket instead of laptop. But it is not easy. On every try Regular installer of Mint 15, Olivia (13, Maya is a stable LTS version) ubiquity, the installer would crash and hang without a clue. A little research revealed an interesting paradoxical result. The USB in question was 3.0 and class 10 which is fastest, yet it was slower than the hard drive. As per specification the read speed was about 70 mb per second but write speed was 20 mb per second. Another problem is the way data is written on USB. To simplify suffice it to say, USB is not made for regular, long-term simultaneous r/w by OS. Speed becomes irrelevant. So what was the option?
A hybrid persistent ‘Live’ install with separate ‘home’: Continue reading
Encrypted home folder in Linux/Ubuntu/Mint
Recovery of Files:
To recover files from an encrypted /home folder in Ubuntu/Mint we need to remember the login password of the Ubuntu/Mint installed on that disk. Boot from the live cd or USB. Let’s hope that encrypted disk is readable. Enter following command at the terminal:
It will result in following output: Continue reading
Ego, self-knowledge and Learning
What is learning?
Learning involves three things:
1. Knowing the extent or boundary of our knowledge;
2. Understanding the sphere of our ignorance;
3. Transcending the above two when actually receiving the knowledge.
The last part is tricky and that is the reason as to why some people have sharper learning curve than others. Here we are going to deal with this aspect a little more.
Hindrance by ego or self perception:
Learning curve is closely associated with ego and self-knowledge. What is ego? Is it not a label given by psychologists? Actually it is worse than that. Ego is our perception of ourselves. We call a person egotist if that person has a very high opinion about him/herself. Narcissus is the name for even more egotists. But what is this perception of self? Is this the self-knowledge or something different? Continue reading
Notionpress a publication fraud.
Notionpress claims to be an online hard copy publisher like createspace dot com in USA. On its web site it proudly proclaims the number of authors registered with it and the number of books it has published. The reality of these numbers is however different.
Fraud is an industry in India:
Problem of fraud is next only to the problem of crony capitalism and unscrupulous corporations. In another instance we had seen the demonstration how a coaching institute is systematically cheating the students by selling improbable dreams. A similar story is unfolded in notionpress dot com. But the fact is fraud is a serious allegation. How can I say it. As per laws of India, fraud is concealment of material facts. More about ‘Fraud’ can be read here. The website of Notionpress proclaims free publishing in these words: Continue reading
Since past about one year I had been using Kingsoft Office besides Libre Office and it has to be said that these remain minions before the might of word processing power of Microsoft Word. As far as smaller files are concerned Kingsoft Office is OK. But if file is large, say above 100 pages, it has problems. Limits of Libre office is slightly higher at 300 pages. However Kingsoft is a better previewer of .doc files. Libre Office distorts the preview of the files due to its lack of window fonts.
Both however have severe limitations about automated header, footer, indexes. And both ended up corrupting the files during manipulation of the fields/indexes.
What happened was that the program/app crashed and on restart it was unable to open/recover same file with the statement like ‘file error’ or ‘not the right file type’ leaving me with no option. Continue reading
An ebook about law relating to co-ownership or joint ownership of property, its enjoyment and its partition, in India.
Right to own property in India dates back, mythologically to over 5000 years and if we go by ancient scriptures, at least 2000 years. If Indians call their country motherland, they call the land they own, as their mother; the provider of all needs, from nourishment to shelter. In other words the attachment to land is a matter of emotion and not purely of law.
It is for this reason, the British Government as the colonial rulers over India in 1893, enacted a unique law called Partition Act, 1893. This law along with other laws and the ancient principles of Hindu Law govern the ownership of property which is owned by more than one person.
This book deals with all the nuances of law relating to ownership, enjoyment and partition of this property including the principles on which the property can be forced to be sold by public auction by court. Clicking on picture shall take you to amazon site where you can buy the Kindle Edition of this book.
A legal ebook on child, spouse and parent support, based on the laws of India:
Maintenance of dependents, is a pious duty of human beings but in certain circumstances it is also a statutory liability with a corresponding right vested in the dependent, to legally enforce this duty through court of law.
Entitlement to maintenance is a complex right in India. In certain relationships, the right and corresponding liability is rigid but in other circumstances it is dependent upon the various other factors. The matter is further made complex by various personal laws in respect of citizens belonging to different religions and a variety of forums.
This ebook of about 600 pages attempts to assimilate all the aspects of this branch of family law, as far as possible. Click the picture below to purchase its Kindle Edition from amazon.
The desire to become extraordinary is a very ordinary desire, common to all people. The question which struck me was how it started and why can’t we let go off it?
In another springs like this, it dawned on me that the competitive spirit to run better than you next friend is inculcated in us from childhood. All Kinder Gardens are military training camps. (Click on last sentence to read more about it.) Thus from childhood we are trained to run, to do better, to compete, to be superior, to excel. (Whatever that means because it varies from person to person.) Continue reading
Language is a barrier. It is so because not only the meaning of the word changes over time, place or context and it is not easy to keep track of the same. Something similar happened to word ‘YES’. The word is supposed to denote agreement but frequently it’s means something else. Continue reading