Category Guru in a Bottle

Book interview with Dinyar Patel – Naoroji – Pioneer of Indian Nationalism

This is a very interesting YouTube interview with the author, Dinya Patel (himself a Parsee) who achieved his doctorate with this work and is Assistant Professor of History, South Carolina University.

A fascinating book on the life of the extraordinary ‘Grand Old Man of India’ – Sir Dadabhai Naroji, our most famous Parsee

His book – ‘Naoroji, Pioneer of Indian Nationalism’ is published by the Harvard University Press and distributed by Harper Collins.

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American society needs to correct persistent injustices against Black Americans

Since the brutal murder of George Floyd, much of the debate has focused on police brutality and reforming the police. Yet systemic prejudice still exists in the US. And there’s no getting away from it – every day in the US, an unarmed citizen killed by American police forces are disproportionately black.

As the Economist newspaper recently reported in its briefing on ‘Race in America’ (July 11-17, 2020): ‘That most brutal of injustices explains much of the power, the extent and the focus of the protests spurred by the killing of George Floyd, protests that have drawn a level of attention to race relations unseen since the 1970s.’

Clayborne Carson, a historian at S...

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When two hearts beat as one

This is a love story of two people born almost a generation apart, in two different continents and how the wheels of fortune brought them together.

Ratan D. Tata (nephew of Jamshedji Tata), was in Paris hoping to trade in pearls and silk. He wanted to learn French, so his uncle Jamsetji recommended a teacher to him – Madame Briere.

It was here that he met and fell in love with the teacher’s beautiful daughter Susaune, slim and tall with beautiful golden hair. She was twenty years old.

Ratan informed his uncle Jamsetji about his affection for Susaune and his desire to marry her...

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Lockdown Blues

A poem by Murzban F. Shroff

This is the winter of our confinement

This is the spring of our unease

This is the summer of our expectations

The fall of our species

This is the weakness of our senses

This is the outcome of our greed

This is the collapse of our intellect

The negation of our needs

This is the night of our darkness

This is the prison of our morrows

This is the cumulus of our burden

The song of our sorrows

This is what we brought our world to

Conquering land and sea and sky

Not for a moment did we pause

Thinking where our limits lie

We robbed the earth of its beauty

And we drained the soil of...

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Pubs open in England on Sat 4 July since Covid-19 lockdown

As England gets ready for pubs and restaurants to re-open from tomorrow (Sat 4 July) will they be compliant with the Data Protection Act 2018?

Under UK Government instructions, all establishments – irrespective of their size – are under a legal obligation to keep a record of their customers in order to assist the NHS Test and Trace programme to detect Covid-19 outbreaks.

These records are expected to be kept for three weeks, and customers are likely to have to fill out a card and hand this to the bar /restaurant staff at the time they pay the bill. In some cases, online booking will require this info in order to make a reservation.

So not only must the custome...

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EDPB launch One-Stop Shop register of decisions

Described as a ‘treasure chest’ of decisions, it will help DPOs and Data Controllers understand what’s happening on the ground.

Unsurprisingly, most decisions on the lead SA pivot on the protection of data subject rights and the legal basis for processing.

Where action by the Lead SA has been taken in the wake of multiple-jurisdiction infringements, this has been more about compliance orders and a ‘slap on the wrist’ for the data controller rather than imposing headline catching fines, trying to find a consensual approach to remedy data privacy breaches.

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An excellent example of Jugaad Innovation

A brilliant example of Jugaad Innovation for PPE Facemasks for those who need to lip read.

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Legacy of Lynn Faulds-Wood (1948-2020)

I was really lucky to have worked with Lynn Faulds-Wood and John Stapleton when the dynamic duo presented Watchdog in the early ‘90s.

In those days, the production office was sandwiched between Kilroy (floor below) and That’s Life (floor above) at BBC Lime Grove Studios in Hammersmith (now sadly long gone). However, my memories of working with Lynn and John and meeting them years after we’d all left the show have stayed with me ever since.

I remember Lynn and John saying to me that they thought I wrote really well for TV and they never changed a word of the scripts I would write for them. That was high praise given it was my first AP job in telly.

I had come across ...

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Remembering the sacrifice of the Jewish Community

I would like to mark the sacrifice of the Jewish Community as a result of the atrocities that made the world a darker place in WWII.

These Holocaust survivors have a message

These eight Holocaust Survivors have come together again to send you a message that you won’t be able to forget.For International Holocaust Remembrance Day, show them you’re listening...

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Does blockchain give organizations superhuman powers when it comes to processing data?

The integrity and protection of personal data is a massive business continuity, risk and technology issue for companies around the world in sectors such as healthcare and banking.

And there’s also a double-whammy.

Organizations must comply with higher global standards in data protection, privacy and security brought about by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other comparable data protection laws and regulations starting to emerge in other countries such as Brazil, California, Dubai, India and Singapore.

A simple explanation of blockchain

Blockchain is a distributed database that exists on multiple computers (or nodes) all at the same time...

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