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Autobiography of a sword.

It is midnight. When the whole world sleeps, I realize that today is my birthday. One might ask why there is no enthusiasm in my words. Why there are no festivities? It is because who I am and what I have done.I am a sword and I have taken lives.It is funny how life takes its course sometimes. I was brought out of an iron mine as a crude piece of iron. While other pieces brought out with me became ploughs and hoes that would go on to sustain the human life, I became a sword designed to take that life. I had such a perfect shape and strength that my maker was pleased with me. “Ye shall grace the hand of the king” he said as he ran his hands on my blade. He gifted me to his king. The moment the king took hold of me and gave me a swing, I knew I was in skilled hands. Now I lay in my sheath basking in honor and waiting for valor beside my new master. Time soon came for me to do my duty when the king invaded a strange land. His massive and disciplined army triumphed the battlefield. I foun…

Information technology in developing countries

Was listening to a lecture by Prof Dattesh Parulekar on information and communication technology in the developing countries. The professor brought out the pros and cons of ICT in Asia and Africa with specific examples.
Approximately 70-80% of cobalt needed to manufacture mobile phones comes from Africa mainly Ethiopia and as such the spread of cell phones in Africa has been awe inspiring! However the Africans are not doing so well with regards to internet connectivity where again taking the example of Ethiopia, he showed that about 90% of the internet connections in the country were concentrated the capital of Ethiopia, Aids Ababa. The rate of spread of cell phones in the developing countries rose from 2% in 1991 to a whooping 41% in 2006! The internet usage in the developing world rose from 0.2% in 1991 to 41% in2006.
Talking about information and technology and political problems in developing countries, we can see how in countries like India, electronic voting machines have ma…

The fairy and the forest (story for children)

I just visited my grandmother and remembered my childhood. So I decided to try my hand at writing a story for children! here goes...

A long long time ago, there lived a fairy in the forests of Africa. She loved her forest. Everyday, the fairy hopped from flower to flower and poured honey into it. The flowers greeted her with a smile and the birds sang in her honor. Everyone loved the fairy!One day the fairy saw a grass hopper happily playing around the grasslands. He was dancing hither and thither and singing a song!

“Work is so boringLet’s do something thrillingWe sing the songs of freedom!!Sing and dance!Now is your chance!Come on, Take a vacation!!”

Listening to his song, the fairy began to think. “I have been working all my life.” She though. “My work is indeed boring.” So she decided that she would not work any longer. The next day, she threw her honey pots aside and went for a picnic!She set out to roam around the jungle and enjoy!

She dived with the elephants in waterShe ran a race…