India Today: Published articles and interactives

Legacy of Nizamuddin dargah crumbles as garbage robs shrine of its glorys

The age-old walls are crumbling under the weight of unauthorised construction and the incessant spawning of roofs and new shops.

11 reasons why Sunny Leone is not obscene

Here are 10 reasons why the Canada-born actor should not be judged in India by her body of work abroad.

Robin Williams: Turbulence on screen, mischief around the corner

In all of his 63 years, Williams continued to be a motormouth, only to be beaten by his faster mind.

PM's Jan Dhan Yojana: 10 observations from a local bank

The count, reports said on August 28, was more than 1.5 crore bank accounts opened in a single day.

An RD Burman album you didn't know about

The Latin-American-Indian music album titled 'Pantera', brought out in 1987, was a radio chartbuster in New York Hit Parade.

Long form writing and features in Open magazine, India

The Grinders and the ATMs

The American card game of No Limit Texas Hold'em poker is drawing Indians of a certain disposition to casino boats in Goa: whizkids who insist that it’s a game almost entirely of skill

How I won Rs 1 lakh in Goa

Sitting with over a hundred people clustered around red felt-top tables, this enthusiast played a game that was neither the fabled Diwali matka of teen patti, nor Contract Bridge.

Updating the Natraj Diaries

At the First Indian Annual Comic Con, compulsive doodlers will get to meet published graphic artists

Almost Dead in Leh

In an unexpected twist, this enthusiast saw his rafting trip on the Zanskar turn into a struggle for survival against floods and landslides. Passing by wreckage of the weather, he realised the violent river was the only way to safety.

Call of the Road

The lure of a job got the writer to pack his life in his car and travel the breadth of the American continent and back. He conquered the road, and also regained his confidence.

The Wizard of Jazz

Self-taught Indian American musician Vijay Iyer is wowing the world today. But he started playing the piano only to annoy his sister.

Dhoni’s Family Insists He is Human

On World Cup eve, they recount how they stopped a temple being built in the skipper’s name

Jharkhand Leaders Draw Big

Three leaders from Jharkhand get flats in 2011 DDA lottery, making it the most for politicians from any state.

Gone in Thirty Seconds

In Punjab, the spirit of kabaddi trumped the heat, chaos and IPL cricket in a festive celebration of the game.

Frida’s Shadow

The necklace is an overpowering and almost macabre motif in Anju Dodiya’s ‘fictional self images’.

Grameen Radio

From Gurgaon ki Awaz to Tashi Delek Radio, an Indian engineer’s software is transforming Indian community radio.

Husain’s New Canvas

He’s 94, but not afraid of opening up to new technology. MF Husain sketches his life out for the e-reader.

The Silent Storyteller

A daughter’s tribute brings to life the portrait of legendary filmmaker Bimal Roy.

Confessions of an Indian Traffic Constable

"Fleeing is the worst thing you can do. That’s when you put yourself and all others around you, including me, in danger."

Vote for Indian Chili

This young Indian American could be the next desi success story in US politics after Bobby Jindal.

White Tiger at IIM

Aravind Adiga’s Booker prize-winning novel The White Tiger, has been integrated in the MBA curriculum at the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIM-K).

Loose Change

A spelling howler has already made this Chilean 50-peso coin a numismatist’s delight. Instead of C-H-I-L-E, the coins have C-H-I-I-E embossed on them.

Love as Solitude

The Japanese Wife weaves an innocent love story out of an improbable modern-day fairy tale.

Killing the Water

Here comes another Bangladeshi expatriate author in English who easily qualifies as one of the finest from his country.

Scent of a Terrorist

Your odour is unique and can now be used to aid law enforcement, as evidence in court, or to diagnose an illness.

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Operations Research and Management Sciences Articles

New Dutch Timetable Wins Operations Research Award

Professor Leo Kroon is an OR specialist and a teacher who commutes on the same railway system in Netherlands that he helped put together a new timetable for using operations research. He and his colleague Dr. Dennis Huisman reprised their Franz Edelman Award-winning presentation 'The New Dutch Timetable: The O.R. Revolution.'

Operations Research Specialist Wants to Change the Face of High School Math

Dr. Kenneth Chelst's dream is to make high school math as exciting as ever. He wants to deploy a high school math course driven by OR and IE principles and applications.

"Can you imagine 10-20 percent of 2.7 million high school students graduating with OR/IE based math course?" he asked in his tutorial presentation, entitled 'Project MINDSET: High School Mathematics and Operations Research.'

Expert Expostulates OR in Packaged bidding and Auctions

Karla Hoffman retraces the history of auctions from the day when the whole of the Roman Empire was auctioned off, and to the present day's spectacular success of eBay.

Nobel Laureate Myerson Revisits Ancient Economics Through Mechanism Design

Dr. Roger B. Myerson, the 2007 Nobel Prize winner in economics, delivered his plenary speech to INFORMS on Monday. His topic was 'Perspectives on Mechanism Design in Economic Theory.'

Innovative Methods to Tackle U.S. Army Challenges

Maj. Gen. David D. Halverson's primary job is to make critical decisions for the U.S. Army and he's glad operation research is around.

Logistics Guru Deploys Operations Research in Advanced Freight Transportation

Urban planning has traditionally tackled passenger transportation - both private and public. But a movement started in Europe and Japan about 15 years ago that wanted to do away with freight movement in the city. Freight transportation was said to interfere with urban life, adding to congestion, pollution, and noise. The idea of City Logistics was hence born and Teodor Gabriel Crainic, a professor at UQAM in Montreal, is at the center of this movement.

Obama Strategist Tackles Bioterrorism in Philip Morse Lecture

In his lecture on Tuesday, Lawrence Wein, professor of management science at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a security strategist in Senator Barack Obama's team, animatedly described how people would die in the auditorium if there were to be an anthrax attack. Anthrax spores, he said, would seep into the hall and splotch on the carpet.

North Carolina Student Wins Award for Brain Scan Study

Burcu Aydin, from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, won Tuesday's interactive session and a $750 prize with her poster presentation entitled 'Optimization over Tree Structured Objects.' Her study enables us to look at a picture of person's brain and determine the characteristics of the human being, for example the age, gender, right-handed or left-handedness, or even the race of the person.

Snapshots of Some Presentations at INFORMS Meet 2008

- Rob Rose's 'User Centered Employee Scheduling' poster
- Ajit Appari's 'Information Security Investments in the Healthcare Sector: An Exploratory Study'
- Ibrahim Dogan's 'Inventory Management in Closed Loop Supply Chains under Non-Stationary Demand'

Articles published for the American Red Cross

American Red Cross Delivers Holiday Cheer to Wounded Service Members
Thousands of holiday cards and messages pour in to the Red Cross and are delivered to hospitalized service members nationwide and abroad.

Red Cross Provides 'Family Touch' to Veterans
Red Cross support of service members doesn’t end when they return home from deployment.

Red Cross Connects Armed Forces Members Serving Abroad
Military members, whether active duty, Guard, or Reserve, and their families communicate through the Red Cross during times of personal crisis.

It’s Tornado, Lightning, and Flood Season, Too
The advent of the hurricane season is a good time to prepare for any natural disaster, including tornadoes, wildfires, floods and thunderstorms.

Red Cross helps Florida residents recover from tornadoes
Residents are beginning to clean up and recover possessions from homes damaged by a series of tornadoes that ripped through four Florida counties on Christmas day.

Red Cross blood donor e-cards brighten holidays
At a time of the year when blood supplies traditionally can reach dangerously low levels in hospitals nationwide, the American Red Cross is hopeful that people will consider giving a different kind of holiday gift.

When the weather outside is frightful, keep fires delightful and safe
Dropping temperatures across the country this time of year typically prompt a rise in the use of alternative heat sources such as fireplaces, wood or coal-burning stoves and space heaters to stay warm, and unfortunately can result in an increase in the number of home fire incidents.

Thanks for Giving: Planned Gifts — Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow
The holiday season is upon us. It is a time when friends and family gather to enjoy the bounty of the year, express gratitude and exchange gifts.

Annual Campaign Seeks Support from Federal Workers
The Combined Federal Campaign, a model for inclusive workplace giving, plays an important role in helping support Red Cross programs and services.

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Articles published in the Indiana Daily Student

Scientists try to improve weather predictions
New mechanism to aid warnings of tornadoes, hurricanes
Indiana Daily Student, December 5, 2003

The Lone Ranger in Iraq
Section: Opinion (Column)
Indiana Daily Student, October 14, 2003

Graduate student group addresses problems, needs
Indiana Daily Student, September 17, 2003

Literary Journalism

Bats and Balls: How IU Halkats Play Cricket
At an ungodly hour of 3 a.m., with five inches of snow all around and howling cold wind, a group of 30 people stood near the Leo Dowling International Center in Bloomington, Ind. As time progressed, the group got bigger. People wrapped in heavy warm clothes clambered up the slope to a humongous angular house that overlooked Jordan Avenue. That someone had forgotten the key to the front door was another matter. Read more

The Girl From Arabian Nights
About a block west from the Indiana University football stadium stood a small four-apartment house. On a moonlit snowy night it looked more like a weary ship back home after a long journey. Parked in the middle of un-shoveled snow, the vessel puffed out little clouds of smoke as if to replace the mast and sails. Perhaps, it was Columbus’ Santa Maria. Read more

Indiana Limestone: Extracting A Pound Of Flesh
The battle raged right before your eyes, the outcome no more certain. The pit was choked with dust and smoke as a fearful racket of engines growled, saws and drills whined, men shouted, chisels hammered. Forklifts the size of earthmovers lurched and grunted, butting their forks under blocks of rock - just like the horns of a raging bull scooping away daredevils from right under their feet. Overhead, suspended from cables, blocks of limestone loomed like slaked meteoric cubes. Read more

Jing's Journey From China To Chicago
Jing Zhang sat on the couch on the third floor of Franklin Hall. She was very alert and kept looking for a hint of recognition among the people milling around her in the room. Dressed in a sky blue shirt and a long grey colored skirt, the 25-year-old Chinese girl appeared calm, but through her mind ran a mélange of thoughts simultaneously. She was here, finally, in the United States of America, in the state of Indiana, in Bloomington, to study western opera music in a renowned music school, a reality she had almost given up on several times in the past three years. Read more