India passport application process 2017

It was year 2007. Chennai. My passport was about to expire and I had to get it renewed. So, in the month of November I started the process like everyone does – with an agent/broker. Paid money. The whole process was extremely confusing, secretive and exhausting. Standing in line for countless hours at the RPO…

Raise your voice, respectfully

This is our country. The problems are ours to solve and there is no “outsourcing” button here. All of us see a number of problems around us, some of which impact us and some impact people around us. It could be a pot holed road or a broken water pipeline or senseless parking or cheating…

Book review – Killing Hope, by William Blum

History was my favorite subject in school. Our teacher used to call it “his story” – story of a person. I was always spellbound hearing those stories and believing in everything our teacher used to tell us. Growing up into an adult and with the exposure of reading multiple books on historical subjects, a different…

Looking beyond Telangana’s SRDP

Telangana government started an ambitious program to improve traffic situation in Hyderabad.This program is titled Strategic Road Development Program, or SRDP. Accomplishing the challenging goal requires a plan with key steps. How is SRDP intended to be implemented? SRDP identifies the following steps to achieve this goal. Identify and expand strategic roads in the city…