Deepfake videos in Indian elections, what does it portend?

Hereโ€™s how it has kinda evolved: In the early days you had to speak on a stump to connect with your voters. Then you had access to a megaphone to make your voice travel further. If you wrote and published your writings, you could always have help to polish it up, or even have someoneContinue reading “Deepfake videos in Indian elections, what does it portend?”

Republic Day of India in San Francisco

Jan 26, 2020 was the Republic Day of India. People in San Francisco came together to celebrate the 70th year of the adoption of the Constitution of India, at the Consulate General of India in San Francisco. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA,Continue reading “Republic Day of India in San Francisco”

Tree of Unity: Republic Day of India

The Indian Constitution turns 70 today. Itโ€™s unimaginable how 500+ princely states scattered all across the subcontinent, with 30+ major languages (definition of major language: spoken by at least a million people), and spanning almost every religion in the world, was able to come together and form a country that ended up becoming the largestContinue reading “Tree of Unity: Republic Day of India”

A brief, selective history of India

[Just putting together some thoughts. Welcome fact checking / corrections / perspectives.] 28,000 years ago The oldest definitively identified Homo sapiens fossils yet found in South Asia are Balangoda man. Named for the location in Sri Lanka where they were discovered, they are at least 28,000 years old. 10,000 years ago Indians who are lactose-tolerantContinue reading “A brief, selective history of India”

When I almost lost my hand to dead flamingoes in Tanzania

For those who were following along at the time, itโ€™s been 5yrs now since I almost lost my right hand! For those who came in later, hereโ€™s what happened. This may be a little graphic so please only continue if such content doesnโ€™t bother you. I caught an infection in Tanzania that started developing symptomsContinue reading “When I almost lost my hand to dead flamingoes in Tanzania”

Breakfast in India at a highway stop

1. Gaathiya (yellow fried dough things) 2. Jalebi (orange/yellow sugary syrupy thingy) 3. Mircha (fried hot peppers with salt) 4. Cha (hot tea) With two sides: A) raw onions B) pickled carrots The flavors work so well together, at many different levels, despite the simplicity. The hotness of the peppers is accentuated by the heatContinue reading “Breakfast in India at a highway stop”

The makeshift SunFunder India HQ office

Spent the last month in Africa visiting our partners and seeing SunFunder’s impact on the ground (that will be a long exhaustive blog post of it’s own). Enroute to India, developed an abscess in my hand that required urgent surgery under general anesthesia. Spent the last 4 days recovering from the African infection in aContinue reading “The makeshift SunFunder India HQ office”

Art of Kissing: Invented in India

This special video on YouTube explores the history of how kissing originated and spread across the world. I had no idea that the earliest recorded history of anything even remotely close to kissing was thousands of years ago in India. An interesting watch. Almost makes the case that kissing is not as much an innateContinue reading “Art of Kissing: Invented in India”