V.H. Belvadi

Physics, fiddle, photography and inkpot

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Opinion: the aftermath of Rahul Gandhi’s first television interview

Julius Caesar often referred to himself in the third person. Indian National Congress (INC) vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, seems to have a similar habit if his first ever television interview is any indication. Apparently, this is known as illeism.

It would only be forthright to say that things probably did not go as well as planned when the forty-three-year-old sat down for an interview with Times Now editor-in-chief, Arnab Goswami.

 Putting things in perspective

Mr Goswami is quite the shouter. His insistence is something understandable, but the breadth of his questions was rather narrow – particularly styled in the following fashion: you said this about X, now how do you defend similar actions you performed in the past. His intention with this interview, and its scope, was hazy at best.

Rahul Gandhi Times Now interview
The year has only begun, Mr Goswami.
Image courtesy, Times Now

But Rahul Gandhi’s several

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Cataloging obsession or a niche interest?

I have long stopped making the case for paper books, and that might seem rather unfortunate to some. A few months back, I moved a major part of my reading to my Kindle Paperwhite and have found few reasons to look back, except, perhaps, blind love for paper books.

 Digitisation of print

The process of moving from paper to digital book has had to weather criticism from many a societal corner, not the smallest of which are your team of friendly neighbourhood bibliophiles. But the process itself has been somewhat cheap, thanks to Google.

Scanning distortion

Typesetting and digitally republishing old novels – especially those which are not commercially marketable, or simply those which have been forgotten with time – is not something that appeals to publishers. Google’s idea, therefore, was to scan them and pass them through an algorithm which would identify letters and typeset them

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Egypt’s constitution: the latest edition now available in your local bookstand

From the Monarchy of 1879 to the Republic government of 2014, Egypt has had more constitutions than books in the Harry Potter series.

The latest referendum-backed version, which has a preamble over one-thousand-and-three-hundred words in length, was established by a committee headed by Egypt’s French-educated interim president, Adly Mansour, who has held said office for six months now.

 A look inside

It begins with a hint of self-importance – Egypt is the gift of the Nile for Egyptians and the gift of Egyptians to humanity – and features a lot of the Nile, including every citizen’s right to enjoy the Nile (Art. 44 – interestingly, the older Article 44 declared that no prophets must be insulted), and how the Nile was where origanised civilisation first flourished.

Unfortunately, the Nile is the least of the Egyptians worry. Their rambling constitutions almost seem to be designed to put

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3 promising tips to make the most of that camera on your phone

I recently spent an entire day with my camera phone alone. It was by design: I went out on a road trip with my dog and left my dSLR back home on purpose and carried nothing but my phone with me.

My stand on mobile photography is quite clear. In brief, I think they are very capable in their own ways, but can probably not hope to replace dSLRs in the years to come without giving up their sleek form factors.

To illustrate my three tips today, I will, therefore, use only the photographs I made on this little road trip. This means they are almost all inevitably pictures of my dog (and he is one handsome fellow), but do try to look past that into the structure of the photograph itself.

 1. Concentrate on composition

Night or day, D800 or pinhole camera, the only thing that can truly make or break your photograph is your composition.

When making photographs with a dedicated camera, you have

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Why waiting to join Svbtle was the best thing to happen to you and me

When I was invited to join Svbtle, only hours ago, I was overjoyed. And with good reason too: Svbtle is very organic in that the content, the presentation and the work of the very real people behind it are all in harmony with my own ideas.

Many people’s biggest qualm with Svbtle itself, as far as I have seen, is its closed nature. Unlike other content offers (however good) Svbtle is not someplace you can simply sign into and throw stuff at. The network has been nurtured carefully with good content in mind and so far that’s hard to miss.

“I can’t help but feel it was a giant opportunity missed for Svbtle all those >months ago when there was huge public interest in getting in on the service >because all your favorite tech blogger heroes were rocking accounts.”

Joshua Schnell

 The delay makes you reconsider

I will not deny it: it seemed to take so long between my intending to join

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