The state of India today

Is best describe by this quote from Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged:

There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system ... that's the game...

Its frustrating that progressive nations around the world keep pruning laws to make it easy for citizens to set up businesses and to interact with governments... we in India have an ever growing thicket of laws, rules, notifications, guidelines, codes, conventions, authorities and "clearances" to deal with.

The citizens of India exist to serve the government.

DBWBI - Doing business while being Indian

They tried to correct the spelling. But the spelling is still wrong!



More Fun with Inkscape

Some more Inkscape drawings of mine!

From tutorial of Class 26 of you learn gradients and shadows.


From tutorial of Class 28 of you learn perspective, text on paths and curves


From tutorial of Class 30 of you learn insets, complex gradients and dynamic offsets


From tutorial of Class 33 & 35 of you learn masks, reflection using masks and clipping.



Some Fun with Inkscape

It all started with an effort to make an advertisement in Inkscape. That led me to an excellent series of video tutorials at

The below drawings were all made by me in Inkscape 0.47 using tutorials from heathenx!

Result of Episode 22


Result of Episode 11 (Notice the picture hanging from frame effect)


Result Episode 103
And finally, quite fittingly episode 10

Polyglot Delhi

Hindi, English, Urdu and Punjabi for road signs. Thats a lot. Oh well, politicians need votes from everyone.


What do you find irritating about this picture?

Look at this image of the back of a book. Can you tell me what I found really infuriating?

sticker_on_bookI find the sticker "Prakash Books" really irritating. How are you supposed to buy a book if you can't the read blurb at the back?

I find stores that do this aren't really bookstores. The person who put the sticker there really doesn't understand books at all... or doesn't care.

You can always diet tomorrow

Cute one...don't remember where I took this... possibly Singapore.



Reverse Psychology Advertising Campaign

In a shopping mall in Singapore.



Temperature Sensor

On a flight from Singapore to India I asked for a Carlsberg beer can and was surprised to see a small innovation:

There is small patch of white on the can which is temperature sensitive. If the beer can is cold enough, the words "Cool" appear in silver. If the can is not cold, the words don't appear. Thus you don't need to second guess the temperature. Drink if "Cool", don't if not !



Why Congress and BJP leaders love the women's reservation bill

The women's reservation bill forces 1/3 of parliamentary (and assembly) seats to be vacated every election for women candidates. Many entrenched and incumbent candidates will find themselves without a seat during this process.

Its not being talked about very much -- but this is beneficial for party high commands -- they can look at seat allocation afresh without feeling too beholden to the incumbent. In previous elections it was difficult to replace the incumbent unless performance was really dreadful. Many incumbents still got tickets because they had too many IOUs pending with the party.  This made it difficult to replace average candidates for fear of "bad blood."

This bill shifts the power away from the MPs in favor of the party leadership. Many MPs will fall by the wayside conveniently when a constituency becomes reserved for women.

No wonder the Congress, Communist and BJP leadership loves this bill.



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