Career development links

Some good links from

Tooling up: – Excellent articles on several aspects of career developments, right from 1997.

How-to Guides – Practical advice on a variety of topics related to finding a job and building a career in the sciences. These include:

How to make the most of Career Fairs

How to Craft a Winning Résumé/CV

How to Prepare for an Interview


Why I don’t use Microsoft Outlook for email

Several times, I have tried to use Outlook as my email client. It is really bad as an IMAP client (no direct deletes, etc.). But, even when I used Exchange, I felt that it lacks two very important features that I need:

1. Bottom posting
2. Correct wrapping of text, especially during replies.

So, I am back to IMAP and back to Thunderbird.

Percussion in Hindi Film Music

This blog was my first blog at blogspot.. I am just rewriting it

I have Zero knowledge about Indian classical music, and no understanding about beats/rhythms, etc. However, my friend, Ashish Deshpande pointed two things about Hindi film music:

1. A.R. Rahman is amazingly innovative and different when it comes to percussion in any of his compositions.
2. The song "Mere Humsafar" from "Refugee" has an awesome tabla rhythm (I don't know which one) throughout the song- rarely seen in Indian music.

And now, when I listen to any song, my focus is only on "percussion." So, here is my list of songs that I think have special percussion (throughout the song):

1. "Ek Hasina Thi" from "Karz".
2. "Ek Shahenshah Ne" from "Leader", "Abhi Na Jaao" from "Hum Dono" and "Jaane kahan gaye woh din" from "Mera Naam Joker" have same rhythm; I have not heard it much in recent songs!
3. The song "My name is Lakhan" seems to have only percussion. At least, I could not detect any strings in it!

It seems that it is very rare for Hindi film songs to use different/novel rhythms/taals. This does not imply that the other songs are not melodious!