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Early 2016. An open-mic comedy night is in progress at Take 5, Bangalore . Aamer Peeran–possibly one of the wackiest comics around–is on stage, eating shit like it’s Thai food. Only a few days back he’d opened for Matt Davis and killed it, like a boss. Matt, sitting by the bar, smiles at Aamer’s predicament. As…

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So all the readers of my blog, all three of you, yes, here is why I was not updating my blog. Read no? The past three years were tough. I quit my job, became a stay-at-home-dad, rekindled the chase of a long cherished dream: writing. I started writing very early in life. I used to…

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Why do product manuals sound formal and stiff-upper-lipped? Why don’t users read manuals? These questions have haunted the hallowed precincts of Technical Writing for quite some time now. From what I have seen in Indian writers, I am forced to conclude that English Composition, as we were taught in school, is the culprit. Our merit…

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Why do product manuals sound formal and stiff-upper-lipped? Why don’t users read manuals? These questions have haunted the hallowed precincts of Technical Writing for quite some time now. From what I have seen in Indian writers, I am forced to conclude that English Composition, as we were taught in school, is the culprit. Our merit…

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As always Google breaks away and uses a comic strip to do a launch-promo for its – hold your breath – web browser! Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to Chrome. Maybe, just maybe, comics can be used for Quick Start Guides? Place Mats? Write to me: Sumank[at]gmail[dot]com…

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From the Nikkor ED 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D VR Review (emphasis is mine): [quote]Here’s the warning in the manual: “When the camera is pointed down, be careful not to hold the lens at the very end as indicated by the black marks in Fig. F, because the zoom ring or focus ring may rotate and pinch your…

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It can stop you from voting, destroy your dental appointments, make it difficult to rent a car or book a flight, even interfere with your college exams. More than 50 years into the Information Age, computers are still getting confused by the apostrophe. It’s a problem familiar to O’Connors, D’Angelos, N’Dours and D’Artagnans across America.…

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Just finished reading his first novel, The Kite Runner. It is a lesson in the art of story-telling. The so called purists may scoff at his rather straightforward style; or his in-the-face, cliched plot movement. But, if one has to go by success and acclaim that a work attracts, Khalid is indeed, a master. I…

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