Experience Diwali this week

Sri Hari Sivashanmugam
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Nov 01, 2021
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The festival of lights or Diwali has always been that festive which brings hope, joy, and light in the Indian tradition. I never believed that Diwali could actually bring light into the darkness, until last year. Last year was difficult, painful, and morose for almost everyone. For people in India, who are used to celebrating two to three festivals every other month, it was hard because of COVID-19 restrictions and several lockdowns. It was a dark year indeed, with all the colorful celebrations held back and cries of people suffering heard almost every day. The cases seemed to drop down by the end of the year 2020, so the restrictions were eased for people to celebrate the festival of Diwali with a cautious mindset. 
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Playlist: Desi Mix

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Oct 04, 2021
Top 10 songs in my list that won't get out of my mind. This does include some covers of the original song, it is my list so my rules.

"Nesamae" - Hip Hop Tamizha

"Navarasa Theme Song" - A.R.Rahman
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Is it ‘Hack’tober already?

Sri Hari Sivashanmugam
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Oct 04, 2021
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2021 has been a difficult year for almost everyone or was it? Think about the tech industry for a second. It has not changed or for that matter, it has been booming, with online classes, virtual events - streaming weddings to funerals online, work from home, virtual interviews, and many more. The tools used for such purposes are usually commercial and the source codes for these tools are proprietary. These proprietary source codes are closed source and are not open to everyone. And I believe this raises several questions while using a company’s tool, many related to morale and some even related to security. How can one be sure if the company doing what they say they do and they don’t what they should not. We can be sure of it if the code is open for review, but that so often is not the case.
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Will I Take a Deep-Dish Pizza to My Home Country?

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Sep 27, 2021
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Food is something that connects people and brings culture together. Every food brings out some sort of emotion from within us. I personally do not care if it is a fancy place or a street vendor. If the food is good, the place that serves the food is good. If the food is not good, that place is terrible in my opinion, even if it is a Michelin star restaurant. Every country, every state, every city, or for that matter every locality, has its own specialty dish. 
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My Visit to an 1890s Living History Museum and Farm

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Sep 20, 2021
Having been in Chicago for just over a month, I was starting to think that the United States is all about these amazing glass structures and chaotic city traffic. I was fascinated when I got to visit an 1890s farm in the suburb of Wheaton, Illinois. Thanks to Bridges International for taking us on a super awesome field trip to this living museum.
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The Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi: a saga review

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Sep 13, 2021
Written by (or shall I put it this way, crafted by) Amish Tripathi, this series of books titled the Shiva Trilogy is one of the best I have ever read. Besides Tripathi’s use of language and style of writing, what particularly caught my interest was his way of intertwining old Indian heritage to a modern storytelling format. Through his books, Tripathi has broken the barrier of considering a god as just a god, he constructs a logical view as to how a human transcends to becoming a god.

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