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I have joined Automattic

On 12th Feb, I joined Automattic as a Community Wrangler. They are the fine folks behind WordPress.com, Akismet, Jetpack (two plugins this blog has be running on for a long time now), Longreads, WooCommerce and much more. It also has open-source at the core of is DNA. The company works in a completely distributed manner, […]

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New Year Resolutions!

A few days before 2014 dawned, I wrote a clever post about how I felt about new year resolutions. Overtime I have in a way become less ready to dismiss or accept just about anything. I prefer to think of myself as someone who can give time to listen and understand. So this tweet by […]

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WordPress India is five years old!

A bit more than 5 years ago, a BBPress installation was done. No one but a few hundred bots signed up. Alex and I decided instead of people coming to our website, we would start a Facebook group. What do we call it? We tried to keep it simple and obscure enough to everyone and not […]

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On the same bench together for a year, why did I not become friends with him!

Back in school, in the 6th grade I had a friend. Actually, calling him a friend today would be not fair on my part. I was never really a friend to him. We sat next to each other for a whole year. I knew him since my kindergarten years. He was known to be a […]

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How my laptop stickers gained me new friends

I often work while sipping some coffee at Starbucks. The coffee is admittedly expensive, but pretty decent to get work done. Mainly because they give decently fast WIFI and also they get the lighting right. Once such day, someone approached me. He was wearing a “something very nice about Open-source” t-shirt. He introduced himself and […]

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Tolstoy on Hypocrisy

I was reading Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism by Peter Marshall. On a chapter on Tolstoy, it quotes him about writing and exposing the hypocrisy of the wealthy and respectful, including himself.

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Independence Day: Need for the noisy riffraff press

My grandmother told me stories of her mother who participated in the Quit India movement, and got arrest warrants issued on her name for writing seditious articles in her journal. She was one among thousands who took part in a political struggle by publishing something in a small printing press, often clandestinely. My grandmother told me stories of her mother who participated in the Quit India movement, and got arrest warrants issued on her name for writing seditious articles in her journal. She was one among thousands who took part in a political struggle by publishing something in a small printing press, often clandestinely.

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Conversation with an Ola Driver and his Jaffna connection

An Ola cab driver reminences about his time in the army and his posting at Jaffna, Sri Lanka with the IPKF.

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House of Cards: Season 5 is horrible on our favourite characters

Review of the House of Cards Season 5 – Spoiler alert inside.

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Tips for making Slack work for you

A really unscientific poll of 9 people using Slack and some tips to make Slack work for your teams.