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2016 - Year in Review



I made a lot of plans for 2016, some worked out, many didn’t. Let’s take a look at it.

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Explaining The Weird On My Twitter Timeline



If any of you have in the recent past seen my Twitter timeline @arelangi and are wondering what all the tweets are about, this post is for you.

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Book Review - How About Never?



I recently finished Bob Mankoff’s How About Never — Is Never Good for You?: A Life in Cartoons and it’s an absolute delight

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Vegeta - A Simple Golang Wrapper for connecting to APIs



A lot of application development these days has to do with connecting to APIs. This means however different the underlying service we all end up implementing the same authentication mechanisms over and over, which is why I decided to go ahead and implement a simple library in Go, vegeta

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2016 - Looking Ahead



Here are my plans and goals for 2016. 2015 hasn’t been in terms of keeping up with the goals, I’m hoping 2016 is going to turn out better.

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2015 - Looking Back - Year in Review



Lot of plans were made for 2015. Some worked out, many didn’t. Let’s take a look at it.

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Book Review - The Emergency A Personal History



Coomi Kapoor’s book The Emergency is something that I came across when I saw her interview with Madhu Trehan on Newslaundry. It was launched around the anniversary of the emergency. Let’s get the first things out of the way. This is a memoir. The prose is simple, easy to read and flows easily. This should be read more for attaining a historical perspective rather than as an exploration of the language.

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The Importance Of Semantics



The word semantics from the ancient greek is the meaning or the interpretation of a word, sentence, or other language form. It is important how we define events, the words we choose to portray things that effect our lives. The fact that we as a society fail at agreeing to define issues as they are is lamentable.

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Book Review - Between The World And Me



Ta-Nehisi Coates’s letter to his fifteen year old son in the wake of acquittal of Michael Brown’s murderers is a masterpiece. This is by far the best book I read this year and I doubt if any other books I might read this year might beat it. I do not remember how I came across this book, where I heard or read about it, but I am glad that I did.

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Obituaries 2015



I’ve never written anyone obituaries. Haven’t read many either. I do not know what the format is, if there is any. Should one be close to a person to write an obit? Should one know them intimately? Shared a coffee, had a conversation? I do not know. But I do wish to express a little about how I feel about a couple of great humans that passed away this year.

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