Author Archives: Raghav/Raghu

About Raghav/Raghu

A fortunate mass of hydrogen cloud conscious enough to be contemplating that very fact.

Five years in Scandinavia

It’s a strange place to be in. Not in space but in time. August 22nd, 2013, was the day I landed in Sweden, and it’s been full five years in Scandinavia — more importantly, 60 full months away from India. … Continue reading

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Swan Lake in the city of Bach

A couple of weeks ago, I read a sarcastic piece by Sampath G in The Hindu about his experiences of watching Swan Lake — the ballet by Tchaikovsky. His point mainly seemed that the audience was pretentious because it was … Continue reading

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An Outsider’s peek into Danish Political Incorrectness

My initial impressions of Denmark were formed quickly, within the first few weeks, after meeting only a handful of Danes (and by now has been corrected for sampling bias). That I had lived in Sweden just before I moved to … Continue reading

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Tales of Caution for the times of Big Data and Machine Learning

“Big Data processes codify the past. They do not invent the future.” Cathy O’Neil A good ( meaning smart) title for a book can be an important factor that drives me to take it up for reading. The last book … Continue reading

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How I consume Art

Modern art, for all its quirks and provocations, is often hastily brushed off as hypocritical. I watched a Swedish movie The Square, which was disconcerting to watch. By disconcerting, I don’t mean it in a gross manner but it did … Continue reading

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Wish you a ________ year!

With all the greetings of “happy new year” floating around, I began to ponder if we really ought to aspire for a happy 2018 or something else; something that’s more profound. My hopes with 2018 turn out to be more … Continue reading

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Transcribing a dream

It was a tall tree. In fact, it was the tallest in all of that ancient forest. Sitting at its foot, he was angry from the encounter before. Not just angry, he was agitated enough that he started to chip … Continue reading

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Young Karl Marx: Up the list!

As the pilot would have said, we were cruising at 35000 ft above sea-level over the Atlantic, and just about 2 hours into the flight I was beaming in my seat, with goosebumps all over. Thanks to the movie protagonist … Continue reading

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Four years in Scandinavia

To say that time flies, I believe, is a grave misnomer. I’d rather see time as something that flows and flows hurriedly; like a stream rushing down a mountain crevice. As of 22nd August, 2017, I have lived four years outside … Continue reading

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Making of a habit

Often it is characterised that our personality is the sum of the closest people we interact with and/or the result of the books we read (broadly, the art we consume). I believe, while these are essential factors in shaping our … Continue reading

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