May 16, 2018

Blockchain

I was pleasantly surprised to see Phily.Net meetup group organize a 101 on using Blockchain today as I am reading the book - "Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World

Glad that my RSVP was confirmed and could listen to Mahesh Chand and Henry He talking about basics of block-chain today. 

Think that this technology is going to be powerful and most of us will need to fiddle with it sooner or later. Looking forward to the good times. 

May 3, 2018

Hedubai Temple - Khudi Deogad

Photos of our gram devata - Hedubai in Khudi village. Khudi is about 28 kms from Deogad, Sindhudurga. Deogad is famous for (now GI trademarked) Hapoos Mangoes. We used to go to our village every summer vacation. I learnt swimming there. It's still one of the places untouched by fast pace of life.










Nanda Deep




Baba relaxing 

Vetal Temple - Kharee Wado Sukur - Uccasiam

Here a few photos of Vetal Temple, Kharee Uccasiam Goa. It's a new temple. I was happy to know that Christian families have donated land for a Hindu temple here. Only in Goa? It's hard to believe that this part of Bardez is still so green. It's just 10 kms from Calangute and Baga beaches. It's amazingly simple and beautiful.

Temple in the fields. My Dad sometimes performs pooja at this temple. 



 Banyan tree snoring in paddy fields. See the lush green leaves. 
Dwarpal


God's feet

Bells announcing devotees arrival 

Vetal Aarti 

Temple Calendar

Shree Ganesh

Shiva Lingam

Shree Vetal 
Colorful



Shree Satyanarayan Prassana

Tulas

Inauguration details 

Apr 24, 2018

Yes Please

Last December when everyone was in India, "Parks and Recreation" saved me from the jet leg and winter boredom. The boredom one gets after busy three weeks in hot and humid India to return to cold winters of the Carolinas. I know the Carolina are much warmer compared to the North East and dreaded Minneapolis but isn't weather something that we can complain and agree at the same time. I think bickering about the weather in US and traffic in India is one of the best ice breaking opportunities. Think how much conversation we would have lost if the weather was always California awesome and we could drive in no traffic. That would have been utopia. 

Amy Poheler was the lead actress in "Parks and Recreation" and her performance is memorable. Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson are my favorite characters from the series. "Parks and Recreation" taught more about American politics than much news reading would have. That's power of mass media and power of learning from stories. "Yes Please" is Amy's memoir telling her upbringing as a middle class child, struggles as a comedian and the rise to fame. I haven't watched Saturday Light Live or don't watch much American TV so couldn't relate to parts of SNL but overall found the book to be entertaining. Stories about school friendships, dreaming big, struggles of first job, having children and lots of crying are note taking. Her apology for mocking Anastasia and Alba Somoza, twins born with cerebral palsy feels real. She sure is ashamed of her behavior and sincere apologies are so rare in Trumpian and Modian times of inflated everything. Admitting to make mistakes is a sign of progress and worthiness. 

I didn't like Amy's apathetic tone towards drug and alcohol use. It's a sore problem everywhere and I expected more than lukewarm attitude on it. Although I don't think she wants us to take her seriously on this because one doesn't expect policy and moral directions from actors. 

Amy read the book and I loved the ending on how her cellphone is trying to kill her. That's hilarious. 

Apr 12, 2018

The Undoing Project - Michael Lewis

The Undoing Project tells story of friendship and collaboration between two eminent psychologist  Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. Kahneman and Tversky contributions helped the world make a better place.

Kahneman's book - "Thinking Fast and Slow" explains their work better than this one, but "The Undoing Project" explains how Danny and Amos forged a friendship that worked better together than in parts to produce stellar research. 

I liked the narrative about Danny and Amos's upbringing. Got to know about Israel's history. And a glimpse on how necessity is the mother of invention and why technical know-how helps in everything from quality of life, great productivity and winning a war. Role of professors as does must have had impact on Israel's development. 

One thing I missed in this book is the connection between the baseball manager and Danny and Amos's research. 

I would recommend this book if you want to know how one of the greatest discoveries in psychology/economics was made, which eventually help establish science of behavioral economics. "Thinking Fast and Small" is important to read if you are pressed for time and want to understand the subject matter better.