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Visualizing my political career – Part 1

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It was about 2 years back that I joined the Lok Satta Party.  The day couldn’t have been more auspicious.  It was on the day of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, someone whose life has inspired me a lot.  It is always going to be difficult for me to express my gratitude to him. As someone who admires him…

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Memories and Thoughts on Shivaratri

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My grandmother was very religious. Every year she used to go on a pilgrimage, mostly to Tirupati and Pandarapur.  Every year, on the day of Shivaratri they used to keep awake (do Jagarane) the whole night. I remember, once me and some of my childhood friends went to Mahadevapura Shiva Temple and spent a whole night there. Of course we…

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The study of mind

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What compelled me to write this article was a weird thought that arose in my mind. I’ve observed my mind and know quite a few things that have gone on there.  Once I heard my friend saying that he is very much worried about his mind and the thoughts that go on there and it makes him wonder whether it’s…

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Srisailam Visit

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Couple of my friends visited Srisailam about 3-4 years back and when they told me about the place, I felt an urge to go there. Many times we planned but we couldn’t make it.   My mother was hospitalized recently for a minor surgery and she told me that she wants to visit Srisailam once she recovers.  So as the…

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The Genesis of SVIRM

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When I was studying in Engineering, I met some people who were interested in doing something good for the country. We discussed for few days and then we thought  – ‘we will make an organization’. It was called the AIT (Association of Indian Tigers).  Initially we fought against copying in internal examinations, and leaking of question papers.  It was a…

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At your own speed

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Go at your own speed, o mind, why are you anxious about the world? The world doesn’t know you and nor you the world. Each is a world in himself and has to make his own living and shape his own destiny. Let go of the world, if the need be but never let go of yourself. Bound are you…

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Decoding Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India

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When NDA lost the elections to UPA in 2004, Atal Behari Vajpayee told the media that the loss may be due to their improper handling of the Gujarat riots. Then Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. But then Narendra Modi was given the benefit of doubt. Communal riots used to happen in India almost regularly. So the citizens…

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Stock Market Lessons

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I entered the stock market about 2 years ago. Have seen a lot of ups and downs already.  Just thought of sharing some of the lessons that I learnt in the market.  It is not exhaustive by any means and also it is pretty clear that the behavior of the stock market is not something that can be predicted very…

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Sri Ramakrishna, an extraordinary phenomenon

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Tomorrow ( 13th March 2013), is the 178th birth Anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. He is a very complex character to write about, basically because my intellect and inspiration is just about normal whereas this Person was as deep as an Ocean or probably even much deeper. For the same reason, it becomes necessary for any thinking individual to reflect…

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On Transparency

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The question of transparency has been debated for centuries.  Everything that a man does has some social relevance.  While the ethics give liberty to man to explore and act according to the best of his ability and intuition, it expects him to present the facts if the need be.  The facts are basically what he felt, what he did and…