Kiruba is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, podcaster and a farmer.

Recommended Reads on the Mumbai Attack

Some of the best selection of writing on the Mumbai attack by some of the best writers. Many thanks to Peter Griffin for the compilation.

Suketu Mehta’s Op-Ed piece in the New York Times.

Dilip D’souza, who’s writing style I adore, writes about the scene around him in the Washinton Post.

Naresh Fernandes in The New Republic . (See also his piece on Jews in Bombay)

And these pieces, on their blogs, by Amit VarmaSonia Faleiro and Rahul Bhatia.

And these three by Prem Panicker: Respiro Ergo Sum, An Officer and a Gentleman and a Moron, The End Game.  (the latter two link to some excellent stuff as well)

And this, by Ingrid Srinath . (Read also Priyanka Joseph’s comment to that post)

Rain Deluge: Photos From My Area

This is the apartment next to ours that got flooded. Water had entered all the ground floor apartments and they were pumping out water using the two motors the whole day. Thankfully, our apartment was built on a higher foundation and we were safe.

About a few hundred meters from my home is this place called ‘MettuKuppam’. Tranlated in english, it would mean ‘Village on a higher ground’. In reality, it was the opposite. Every street out there looked like this.

Notice how water is flowing through the streets like a river.

This is the street where the Electricity Board Office is located. It was funnily ironic that they couldn’t restore electricity to their own office.

Water has entered every home. Notice how this shopkeeper has used bricks elevate this stall.

Kids sieving the waters for fish. Don’t think they got lucky.

A tree has split into two and fallen off.

The Accident on the Way to Pondicherry

While driving to Pondicherrry on the scenic East Coast Road,  a Maruti Swift Dzire overtook us.  I was driving at a ‘not-so-slow’ 70 kmph and this car was clearly touching the 90s.  Barely a few minutes later, we were shocked to find the same car rolled over on the road side.�

We screeched to a halt, jumped out and rushed to the car fearing the worst. By then, the local farm workers also rushed towards the car. Miraculously, all the three passengers, an elderly gentleman and a middle aged couple, escaped scathe free. They were pulled out of the car and clearly were in a state of shock. The rains made the fields soggy and ensured a soft landing.

The East Coast Road has many curvy corners and the owner of the car, couldn’t maneuver the corner in the high speed. Worse, he hit the brakes hard while turning at high speed that sent the car cartwheeling off the road.

The owner of the car said that they had just taken the delivery of the brand new car and decided to take a drive to Pondicherry as a celebratory drive. The car, unlike its lucky passengers, was totalled.

Experiences From the Wikipedia Academy

The first Wikipedia Academy got off to a nice start today. For those of you new to the concept, its an effort to teach and encourage more people to contribute to Wikipedia in terms of knowledge. Most of us just consume Wikipedia but don’t bother to edit or add any information. The academy is a small effort to change that.

Within a few hours of tweeting about the event, the registrations overflowed the small capacity my office could hold. We opened up an ‘overflow’ section and that got full as well. The next Wikipedia Academy is planned for December 12th for which Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia Founder, will be present as well.

That’s Mr.Gangadhar Bhadani, one of India’s most prolific wikipedian. He is the Chief Manager of Bank of India’s Pondicherry branch and yet 2 to 3 hours every day contributing to Wikipedia. So passionate is he that, he hired a cab on his own cost from Pondicherry to Chennai to teach at the academy. That’s quite a commitment and the participants were highly appreciative of his effort.

The nearly 3 hour session dealt with advanced editing techniques, how the volunteering hierarchy works, how to grow up the ranks to be an editor. Our small office make it look like a packed standing-room only session!

I realized the sore need of a projector. The folks at the end of the room had difficulty following the edits on the computer screen. With Wikipedia academies planned at a regular scale, it would be great if corporates can help donate a projector. It could even be an old one. It would be of great help for future sessions.

ExpressBuzz, a New Indian Express publication had a nice write up about the Wikipedia Academy. The whole idea behind the academy is to make it viral. Anyone can conduct one in their neighbourhood. All it takes is just the intention. For anyone wanting to start one and need advice, feel free to call me at 98415 97744 or email Kiruba[@] I’ll be more than glad to help. The more people contribute, the better wikipedia becomes.

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