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Here's the essay ChatGPT wrote for the Pune youth who mowed down two techies with his Porsche while drunk

The  Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) went easy on the kid who killed two techies, granted him bail and simply asked him to write an essay . So, I asked ChatGpt to do  his homework with this prompt (sic!): "I accidentally killed 2 people with my expensive car. Write an essay on perils of drunk driving" The response came back in a few seconds. Case Closed? (sic!) Drunk driving remains one of the most severe threats to public safety on our roads today. Despite extensive public awareness campaigns, strict legal penalties, and ongoing efforts by law enforcement agencies, the problem persists, often with tragic consequences. The case of accidentally killing two individuals while driving under the influence underscores the profound and irreversible impact that such negligence can have on multiple lives. This essay explores the perils of drunk driving, examining its causes, effects, and the critical need for more effective prevention measures. Causes of Drunk Driving Several factors co

Indian techies are fascinated by the Rs 1-Crore package. Look beyond debate - Why & Who draws 1Cr?

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The IT sector in India has been a cornerstone of the country's economic growth, with major hubs like Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Pune housing numerous multinational corporations and innovative start-ups. Professionals in these regions benefit from a dynamic ecosystem that fosters talent and provides ample opportunities for career advancement. Companies like Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Wipro, and newer tech giants like Flipkart and Paytm are known for offering lucrative packages to retain top talent. Indian Techies are generally well compensated, yet the topic of salaries are front and center in most conversations. By all means 20-30-40 lakhs is still a huge amount in a country where a percentage of population is below poverty line. Yet there are days when lurking in tech forums, I come across boasts or humble-brags about "1 crore" packages that generate animate discussions.  Typically, these high earners with packages of 10 million rupees are seasoned profes

A unique book giveaway - Sharing the joy of reading, giving away one book a day for a month

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In a world often dominated by screens and digital content, the tangible pleasure of holding a book in hand remains unmatched. Book giveaways, a simple yet profound act, serve as a beacon of light in promoting literacy, fostering community, and spreading the love of reading. Thinking along these lines prompted Vijay, a teen Biblophile from Bengaluru to announce a month long book giveaway for students and young readers in India.  Vijay has enjoyed reading and reviewing books for as long as he can remember. During the pandemic and lockdowns, he decided to take his love for printed books online by sharing book reviews on his niche YouTube Book Review channel that has over 690 subscribers.  During the 30-day Book Giveaway in May, Vijay is offering to buy books worth Rs 500 for deserving students and readers every day. Announcing the giveaway, Vijay says  "I want to share the joy of reading this summer and I am planning a giveaway using award money won from different competitions.&quo

Book-Giveaway - Giving Away Books worth Rs 500 to deserving students and readers in India

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I am planning a book-giveaway for 30 days and I need your help in selecting the most deserving students and readers. This giveaway is intended to encourage children and readers who cannot afford books and textbooks. More details in the Youtube/@Vijay_Book_Reviews Why the Giveaway: I am a 15-year-old biblophile and have been reviewing books for nearly 2 years. I want to share the joy of reading this summer and I am planning a giveaway using award money won from different competitions. Entries* open on google form including Terms and Conditions   *Entries open from 1-30 May 2024 Announcing Winners of the Giveaway Day 1 Winner (May 1st) - Harman, Yamuna Nagar     • 30-day Book Giveaway of Rs 500 worth ...   Reason " As I am in Class 12 and I'm preparing for JEE, so, this giveaway will help me to get books which are required to boost my preparation :)" Day 2 winner ­čąçAbdul Ahad Laique, Lucknow - 30-day Book Giveaway of Rs 500 worth of books/day Reason: "I may not deserv

Responding to the question - Is it a good idea for me to leave my Government job?

There was an interesting question from someone asking -  Is it a good idea for me to leave my Government job?   He goes on to explain Guys I am currently working in a Central Government job. My pay scale level is 10 and in-hand salary is 95k. So the point is I hate the work environment at my place. I want to leave this job. But I keep hearing that the job market outside is not great. I am from computer science background and my current work involves software work. So, here's my response I was reflecting on the question and the two sides of the coin My dad was an officer in IAF, had a great service and retired with a handsome pension and excellent medical benefits and perks. All in all, a great career and life but he also dealt with bureaucracy - passed over for promotion, tiffs with bosses, frequent transfers etc, but he carried no hard feelings. On the contrary, he was extremely passionate about life in the Services till the end. A brief musing about Dad's life and service - O

Several countries ban MDH, Everest masala - what does it mean for NRIs and Indian Diaspora living overseas?

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Recent bans in Singapore and Hong Kong target Indian spice brands like MDH Pvt. and Everest Food Products Pvt. due to ethylene oxide contamination. Spice mixes pose health risks, as ethylene oxide is a Group 1 carcinogen. So,  what does it mean for NRIs and Indian Diaspora living overseas? When it comes to savoury dishes, spice mixes play a key role  and brands like MDH and Everest have made it convenient to quickly whip up Indian cuisine.  After some varieties of MDH and Everest masala were banned from Singapore and Hong Kong due to quality concerns, the Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday sought details from the food safety regulators of the two countries to determine the 'root cause of rejection'.  The ministry has directed Indian embassies in both Singapore and Hong Kong to send a detailed report on the cause of ban. It has also sought details from MDH and Everest, whose products have been banned.

Musing on Dad's Raksha Medal from 1965 that my son found in an old shelf

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The other day while cleaning an old shelf, my son came across a medallion and he asked me about it.  “Oh, it’s your grandpa’s Raksha Medal from 1965,” I said. “Did Krishnamoorthy  thata  actually fight the Chinese in that war?” He asked. “Was he issued a gun when he was in the Air Force?” he continued excitedly recalling scenes from the Bollywood movies. Yes and no, I hummed and hawed. I tried explaining that my dad was indeed posted at an Air Base that provided Air support to our troops facing the enemy. And for this service, he and other servicemen were awarded the Raksha Medal. And then I went on to reflect on the real reason he was my hero and role model. Born in Batalagundu, a small town in South India that might just have been the inspiration for RK Narayan’s Malgudi, he grew up in a rather large brahmin agrarian family. When he did exceptionally well at school, he was offered a scholarship to study at a college in a nearby district and a ticket out of the small town. While study