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Here are the weekly columns I write for the SciTech supplement of The Statesman (an Indian daily Newspaper)

Date Published Title Contents
YEAR 2002
July 29th A Tale of Travel - 2 More Travel Stories
July 14th A Tale of Travel - 1 Travel to Europe
July 1st Killer Applications Successful Applications
June 24th Cocooning on the Canyon Lessons from a camping trip
June 10th Towers of Babel Computer Language Chaos
June 3rd Play Ball Does the baseball curve?
May 27th Technology Bites Life Is Technology Overrated
May 20th Cyber Terrorism Myth or Reality?
May 6th Coherent, Monochromatic and Collimated Lasers 
April 29th Connecting the World Boom and bust of Telecoms
April 22nd One Good, Two Better Distributed and Parallel Computing
April 15th Spaced Out NASA and the Space Shuttle
April 8th The not so Nobel Prize The honor of the Ig Nobel Award
April 1st Where Angels Dread April Fools issue
March 25th We are All Safer The NTSB and Conspiracies
March 18th Stocks Ahoy Fun with corporate stocks
March 11th The Money Machine What is Money?
March 4th Mind over Matter - II The Placebo Effect
February 25th Mind over Matter - I Perceptions and reality
February 18th Look Out, Darwin Is human evolution over?
February 11th The Reality of a Fantasy The economics of Norrath/Everquest
February 4th A New Perfect Union The coming of the Euro
January 21st Bananas by the Drop The Metric System
January 14th Geeky Gadgets Galore Shape of things to come
January 7th The Year in Preview Attempt at predictions
YEAR 2001
Dec 31st Curtain Call, 2001 In Retrospect
Dec. 24th Digitalization The convergence of things digital
Dec. 17th P.O.T.S. Plain Old Telephone Service
Dec. 10th Hype is IT Over zealous claims
Dec.  3rd The North Wind Doth Blow The recession of 2001
November 26th All the is New is Old Again The New Economy
November 19th Is it Safe up There Airline Safety
November 12th Operating Systems Basics of Operating Systems
November 5th Dihydrogen Monoxide The elixir of life
October 29th Action, Camera, Light The science of light
October 22nd The Apple, the Cat and the Barometer Evolution of Physics
October 15th The Freeway to Progress Highways and economics
October 8th No Plane, No Gain General Aviation
October 1st From Thence to Hence Evolution and Controversy
Sept 24th War and Progress Technology and Military needs
Sept. 17th  Towers of Terror Details of the World Trade Attack
Sept. 10th Hot Potatoes New World Food
Sept. 3rd Pedal to the Metal Moore's Law and CPU speed
August 27th Whispering in Public Key exchange and public key encryption
August 20th  Much Ado about Stem Cells Politics of Stem Cell Research
August 13th  Stop. Do not Copy Copyrights and Copy Protection
August 6th  Bad Hacker, Good Hacker The arts and crafts of hackers
July 30th  Junk Science Misuse of Scientific Methods
July 21st  Is it Micro? Is it Soft? The politics of Microsoft
July 14th  Technically Exposed Privacy risks
July 7th  The Darker Side of Technology Risks and crime using computers.
July 2nd  Weathering the Monsoon Weather, effects and predictions
June 25th  Where on Earth am I? (part 2) Instrumental Navigation
June 17th  Where on Earth am I? Basics of Navigation
June 11th  The Belly of the Beast - II Internet Routing and Naming
June 4th  The Belly of the Beast The inside story of the Internet
May 28th  Open Source Closed Source The free software phenomenon
May 21st  The Fizzle of Energy The California Electricity Crisis
May 14th  Once upon an Internet Time-II History by Internet Time (Part 2)
May 7th,  Once upon an Internet Time History by Internet Time (Part 1)
April 30th,  Crisis in Wonderland The tumble in the E-Economy
April 23rd  Stupid Math Tricks Math and everyday life
April 16th  Innovation through  Accident Inventions that work and that do not
April 9th  Dangerous Grounds for Technology Natural perils of the habitats of High Tech
April 1st  Raw News Strange news
March 26th  Taming the Automobile The advent of hybrid cars
March 17th  Making and Breaking Codes Encryption and ciphers
March 12th  Lies at the speed of light Urban legends and chain mail
March 5th  The Science of Secrets Secrets and Cryptography
February 26th  Really High Technology Air transport and technology 
February 19th  The Paperless Groundhog The paperless office and Phil the groundhog
February 5th  Words that Fail to Pass The failure of passwords
January 22nd  Cellular Cacophony Cell phone Standards