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10 Tips to Write a Blog Nobody Reads

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This week, I completed one year in blogosphere. My blog’s stats confirm that rarely anyone reads or links into my blog. Sometimes, charitable friends visit the blog to keep my hope afloat. Setting aside those anomalies, I have clearly perfected the art of writing a blog that nobody would read.

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August 29, 2009 at 10:00 am

A Book-Banning Nation

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I can imagine a lot of things that could really harm us – like nuclear bombs, cigarettes and speeding vehicles. But books? I have never known a book that exploded as soon as you read the preface. I feel sorry for the gentlemanly Jaswant Singh who has been thrown under the bus by his colleagues for publishing a book (Jinnah – India, Partition, Independence) that does not demonize Jinnah. I feel sorrier that a society could be so intolerant of books. Books?!!

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August 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Predicting Flu, Recession and More….

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Today, I spoke with Nitesh, an old friend, after a long time. When New York catches a cold, Bangalore is one of the first cities to sneeze. So, being based there, Nitesh is witnessing the unraveling of the global economy from close quarters. As we got talking, one of the outrages that we shared was why nobody was able to predict its onslaught. While some players in the economy have a vested interest in not blowing the whistle, the same is not true of the numerous state and non-state agencies (starting with Uncle Ben) whose professed goal is to tell as they see it. Even Alan Greenspan seemed befuddled recently with his own lack of clairvoyance. Beyond what we have already heard and read, I do not have any insights into why the wise folks did not see this coming. Rather, I want to point out how Google has shown us an interesting way of doing what armies of analysts failed to do i.e. predicting recession.

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March 22, 2009 at 8:12 pm