The Establishment vs. Online courses

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I was perplexed by the conclusions Gregory Ferenstein drew in this Techcrunch piece about how 72% of professors who teach online courses don’t think students deserve credit for those courses. Gregory says that this shows what an uphill fight online courses will have in establishing and gaining credibility. I couldn’t disagree more. Active professors independent… Read more »

Ramachandra Guha and his distance from an Indian cricket fan

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Bill Simmons is American sport’s most influential voice today. He is ESPN’s single most indispensable property. He has over a million Twitter followers and is read by more people weekly than any other American sports columnist, reporter or writer. He is so popular that his milquetoast conversations with childhood friends (which sound like they could… Read more »

Remembering Kolaveri on its first birthday

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[youtube] I would love to see what a Google search of the term ‘kolaveri’returned prior to November 16, 2011. On November 16, 2011 an innocuous YouTube promo of a Tanglish song “Why This Kolaveri Di’ affected the world like no Indian song ever did or ever will. Extraordinarily simple lyrics plus an even simpler… Read more »

Something fishy about Cricinfo’s report on moving CL T20 to South Africa

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A few things don’t jive well with me on the recent announcement and Cricinfo’s report that the Champions’ league T-20 tournament for 2012 is likely to be moved to South Africa from India. While the reports only said this was a proposal, this looks like a done deal to me. I anticipate an announcement in… Read more »

Harsha Bhogle is India’s Thomas Friedman

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“Thank God it’s Friday! Harsha’s column must be up.” : No one, ever. Friday after Friday, Harsha Bhogle occupies premium space on the world’s premier cricket website. It is a position of great influence and enormous visibility. It is one of the few dashboards with which historically static and stoic national and global bodies can… Read more »

Eyeballs & The Page 3-ization of THE HINDU : Real reason behind recent stories

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Two short articles from the CHENNAI section of The Hindu were all over my online universe today. One was about the Right to Education law recently approved by the Supreme Court and the other was about a brouhaha at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). They stimulated tons of discussion on email forums, workplace water… Read more »

Srikanth and Sardesai vs. Simmons – An apples to oranges comparison!

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Most Indians who emigrate to the US have to constantly deal with questions from their self and from friends and family on why they choose to do so. It is a complex question that requires thought and nuance and the answers vary from individual to individual. For every day that one’s grateful for traffic-free commutes… Read more »