Category Archive: Education

Mar 28

Harvard Business Review’s 10 Must Reads: On Managing Yourself

  Forests have fallen by writing books on topics centered around personal management and self improvement. A significant majority of them, especially the ones with gawky titles do not make much rational sense to me. I believe that one can learn and grow more by reading auto/biographies of business and political leaders than by reading …

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Dec 24

Best open education tools and tales in 2014

A great Bengali polymath and noble prize winner in literature, Rabindranath Tagore, once said: “Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time”. With changing times, the systems and customs that govern our society should also change. Human beings are intrinsically curious. To quote Thomas Hobbes, an English philosopher, “Curiosity …

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Apr 04

School of open: making world a more creative and educated place

Every generation since the beginning of human existence has passed its value system, principles, methodologies, and skill sets on to the next generation. This passing on of information and culture has been followed by the development of a systematic approach to learning techniques. Formal structures were created throughout the world to learn and apply these skill …

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Jan 12

Four Linux Distros for Kids

I can see the brightness of curiosity in my 6 years old niece Shuchi’s eyes when she explores a mobile phone or manipulates the idiot box with its remote control or becomes creatively destructive with any other electronic device. She, like a lot of kids her age, love experimenting. This curiosity reaches its peak when …

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Sep 08

Open source to bridge the digital divide

I vividly remember my first experience using the Internet in 2000. The amount of information I was hit with by typing my first search term, university, was far beyond my wildest imaginations. This plethora of knowledge filled my mind with wonder, excitement, and enlightenment. I suddenly had the power to read, analyze, and learn about …

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Jan 22

The impact of open source on business and social good

I vividly remember that my early opinions about open source software were built around certain questions that made most natural (and perfect) sense to me at that point of time in my life. The questions like “why would someone sell a software product for free” or “Why should anyone participate in a project that does …

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Jan 07

Resolutions and 2013 reading list…

Resolutions are here to stay I have a consistent track record of “not” following all my new year resolutions through to successful completion. Since 2009, when I first initiated this annual review of the elapsed year and setting goals for the year ahead, there has not been a single year when this resolution strategy has worked to …

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Oct 20

Dr. John Hennessy’s lecture

A couple of weeks back in my leadership class, we were asked to journal 3 gratitides to “kick off” our day on a positive note. Here is one of the most important experiences I am truly grateful for. Since I have a vested interest in the world of education and academics (and I beleive we all do), what better …

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Sep 03

Book Review: The $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau

I have been following Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity blog since a couple of months now as part of my interest and curiosity to study entrepreneurship and various business models. Most of the books I have come across discuss (and sometimes at painful lengths ) about the long business plans, formal training, huge capital, etc, a person needs …

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Aug 15

A few things to celebrate…

Corruption, congestion, overpopulation, poverty, disorganization, pollution, double standards of politicians and an indifference towards the society,  we criticize the country for every flaw it has.  And as beneficiaries of this society, I believe everyone should not only harshly criticize these ills but should play his or her part in fixing these gigantic problems.  Self-criticism and honest introspection are two of …

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