Moving to Ghost

After a long run with Wordpress, this blog is finally switching to Ghost. Why Ghost? Here are three sweet reasons: Markdown. Probably the single biggest reason by far. Markdown has won the format war for me and it's the easiest and most portable text editing format out there. Wordpress support…

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Android & iOS

I've been a long-time iOS user, and recently when my two-year old iPhone 5 fell down and broke its screen, I bought an interim Android device and used it for around two months. I took notes during these 2 months on what's better about Android & what's worse, and these…

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Two New Talks

Two new talks I gave recently. The first was as a guest speaker at an AWS 101 conference: And the second one was one of my better talks on how to use some freely available tools for quick startup validation:…

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Talk at DTE, Kerala Event

This is a talk that I gave at an event organised by the Department of Technical Education in Thiruvananthapuram a couple of days ago. The audience was campus placement officers, and it was interesting talking to them about campus hiring & letting them know the startup viewpoint.…

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Talk at #smdaykochi

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Cracking a Startup Interview

(Photo by Ken Banks) A startup job interview isn't too different from that of a bigger company, so a lot of the tips you'll find around the Internet apply without reservations. Startups however have a different culture, and focus on the combo of individual productivity and team fit a lot…

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In Which I Comment on a Few of the Posts I Wrote 10 Years Ago

It still amazes me that I've been writing this blog since before Facebook was a thing. So I thought it'll be interesting to pick a few blogs from the early days (2003!) and comment on how stupid or visionary I was. Here are the posts: Marriage is where I comment…

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Amateur Fiction at its Finest

I picked up my reading habit from my mum. I read everything from Sheldon, Christie, King and the like to Yeats, Whitman, Neruda, Donne, Dickens, et. al. It sure helped that mum had a huge library of her favourites (yes, that's the picture above) and I read most of them…

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The Malayalam Movie Comeback

A big loss as a movie enthusiast was that when I was growing up, the Malayalam movie industry was in a formulaic rut. While local movies still used to bag critical awards, most "popular" & "commercial" films casted Mammooty, Mohanlal (please don't click that link) or other A-list stars and…

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Relief India Trust, the Scam NGO, Files a Legal Notice Against my Blog Post for Defamation

From when I wrote my last blog post on Relief India Trust, there have been consistent efforts to take my site down through dubious legal means, the latest of which is a defamation legal notice against me by the Relief India Trust folks. Here's a factsheet: I received a mail…

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