Archives: January 2016

DIAMONDS AREN’T FOREVER

Destroying a diamond is a lot easier than you think, says an article on Inverse.com, and proceeds to list the ways you can do so. Diamonds may be hard, but they are susceptible to chipping and breakage, so you could smash one into smaller pieces using a hammer (see video...

GOOGLE PAYS APPLE $1 BN, EARNED $22 BN PROFIT FROM ANDROID, CLAIMS ORACLE

Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to be the default search engine on the iPhone, according to a report on BusinessInsider. The amount was revealed in an Oracle vs Google court case. Oracle is suing Google, claiming the search engine company used its Java software without payment to develop...

THE HISTORY OF THE MOTHER OF ALL PATRIOTIC SONGS

More than 50 years since Lata Mangeshkar sang it on January 27, 1963 at the National Stadium, New Delhi, ‘Ai mere watan ke logon’ remains the mother of all Indian patriotic songs, writes Ajay Mankotia. He notes that composer C Ramchandra used six of the one hundred stanzas that had...

THIS MAN OF MOSAICS TURNS POTHOLES INTO ARTWORKS

Here’s an idea well-suited to India: Jim Bachor, a mosaic artist, is filling up potholes and creating art at the same time. His project “Treats in the Streets” takes holes on roads in Chicago, USA and Jyväskylä, Finland, and fills them up while laying down a bright and colourful mosaic of a...

IIM AHMEDABAD CAN TRACE ITS BIRTH TO A LOVE AFFAIR?

India’s best-known management institute came about so that its founder Dr Vikram Sarabhai could keep Kamla Chowdhry close by, according to Sudhir Kakar, a psychoanalyst and Chowdhry’s nephew. In his memoirs, “A book of memory”, Kakar writes, “To keep Kamla in Ahmedabad, Vikram successfully lobbied the Indian government. Matters were so arranged that the original...

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