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Venkatram Harish Belvadi
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The Fitbit Charge 2 is an excellent, all-round fitness tracker.

Health and fitness trackers are quite possibly the fastest growing segment of wearables. Among others, fitness tracking is at least an important selling point. It appears technology in this area is either not advanced enough for anything remotely similar…
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That the internet is an integral part of our lives is no surprise: it is simply a step up from the type and ease of access of information that was affordable in the last century — such as bookstores and well-catalogued libraries. Why social media and…
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When Apple announced their new iPhones 7 this year, a few things were quite apparent to most of us. Leaks prior to launch — whether accidental or the result of subtle, indirect marketing — are often close to the final product, which meant we knew there…
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Many polls are, of late, predicting Donald Trump’s loss in the upcoming American presidential election. Stories that can tarnish Mr Trump’s image seem to be coming out promptly, day after day, with each hurting his campaign more than the last. And in the…
Many polls are, of late, predicting Donald Trump’s loss in the upcoming American presidential election. Stories that can tarnish Mr Trump’s image seem to be coming out promptly, day after day, with each hurting his campaign more than the last. And in the midst of all this, nobody seems to be asking what happens to… Continue reading What is next for Donald Trump after he loses this election? →
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I think you're right that he made it impossible for a real viable candidate to run, and there are theories on that I've read as well. On the other hand, I think the candidates the Republicans fielded this year were weaker than ever. They must get to fixing that, and to somehow understanding they are hanging onto old ideas that didn't work every other time they were tried.

I enjoy your blog.
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The CW’s television series, Supergirl, is unequivocally bad. This was a show that I really wanted to like, being a fan of the DC universe (which is already plagued by films that do it no justice), but after watching the first season the show just comes…
The CW’s television series, Supergirl, is unequivocally bad. This was a show that I really wanted to like, being a fan of the DC universe (which is already plagued by films that do it no justice), but after watching the first season the show just comes off as a statement for political correctness — for… Continue reading Supergirl deserves a better show →
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I was pleasantly surprised to find a notification this evening saying (and I paraphrase) that in a guest essay for The Economist, Barack Obama writes about four crucial areas of unfinished business in economic policy that the next president of America…
I was pleasantly surprised to find a notification this evening saying (and I paraphrase) that in a guest essay for The Economist, Barack Obama writes about four crucial areas of unfinished business in economic policy that the next president of America will have to take up. When the next president could — however slim his …
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My website is re-launched, re-built from the ground up and back online.

I started blogging ten years ago with a single motivation: I loved to write. I still do, but looking back over the last decade, my writing has evolved (perhaps even matured), my approach to my blog/journal has changed, and, most of all, blogging itself…
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The recent news about AT&T planning to buy TimeWarner in an over–80 billion dollar deal should worry everyone even remotely concerned with net neutrality. Why more people are not talking about this is a mystery to me. There is no doubt that, at this…
The recent news about AT&T planning to buy TimeWarner in an over–80 billion dollar deal should worry everyone even remotely concerned with net neutrality. Why more people are not talking about this is a mystery to me. There is no doubt that, at this point, anything I say regarding this is conjecture, but a careful… Continue reading AT&T–TimeWarner: a net neutrality nightmare →
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For about sixteen months or so, Moleskine’s iPhone app, Timepage has been my faithful calendar and weather book and I have had nothing but praise for it. However, I have never found the time to put my thoughts in writing, although I did talk about this in…
For about sixteen months or so, Moleskine’s iPhone app, Timepage has been my faithful calendar and weather book and I have had nothing but praise for it. However, I have never found the time to put my thoughts in writing, although I did talk about this in my interview with the Sweet Setup. Now, the… Continue reading Review: Moleskine Timepage for iPhone and iPad →
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The one peculiarity man often prides himself of is that he is a “superior being”. He is on top of the food chain, he can think rationally, he can grab things with opposable thumbs, and he can light fires that even he sometimes cannot put out. It must be…
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Music is something that has always been with humans for a considerably long time. Everyone listens to music every now and then, each of us have different tastes, but we all have “our” songs. But I have always noticed something interesting about my own…
Music is something that has always been with humans for a considerably long time. Everyone listens to music every now and then, each of us have different tastes, but we all have “our” songs. But I have always noticed something interesting about my own patterns of listening to music, and the effects of this, which …
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There is a common tendency, when people talk about productivity, to look at it like it is entirely two-dimensional. A lot of discussions boil down to asking ourselves what distractions we need to eliminate and how we can keep things organised. In today’s…
There is a common tendency, when people talk about productivity, to look at it like it is entirely two-dimensional. A lot of discussions boil down to asking ourselves what distractions we need to eliminate and how we can keep things organised. In today’s fast-paced world, where every second task is assigned to one of our …
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Introduction
"Anyone who spends a significant amount of time with me finds me disagreeable."
-- Det. Lt. William Somerset


WRITING

I am a national award nominated creative writer, satirist and story teller who blogs at Blog.VHBelvadi.comI write essays, opinion pieces, musings, reviews and more on my blog. I also used to write for Svbtle magazine at one point.

Currently I am editor-in-chief of the online physics magazine, Physics Capsule.


PHOTOGRAPHY

I am an amateur photographer favouring landscape and documentary photography, but not strictly restricted by genre. I make photographs either to chronicle a moment or to convey a feeling.

You can follow my work here on Google+. Or you can follow me on flickr. Some of my mobile phone photography resides on Instagram as well.

[ All of my photography is licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY-SA license which means you can use or modify my photographs if you credit me for the original.]


FILMMAKING

I make short films. It is a hobby and passion. So far I have made four productions and you can read all about them and watch them on my website.


PHYSICS

I'm currently pursuing my Master's degree in physics and intend to become an astrophysicist.

As editor-in-chief of the online physics magazine, Physics Capsule, I write there to popularise physics among the public.


CONTACT ME

I am available to email via this very page (if you circle me here on Google+) or you can use the quick contact form on my website. I also tweet. I am on Instagram @vhbelvadi too if you are interested.


NB If you are getting e-mails about my posts on Google+, and wish to continue following me, simply turn off notifications under your Google+ settings. ("Settings" > scroll down to "Receive notifications" > untick all under "E-mail").
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Post-grad physics student, photographer and writer
Skills
Creative writing, Physics, Maths, Photography, French, Violin, Web Design, random coding knowledge, ... (will add more when I think of them in my mind palace)
Employment
  • Indian Institute of Astrophysics
    Research on RCrB variable stars, 2015 - present
  • VHBelvadi.com
    Founder, 2006 - present
    Personal website
  • Physics Capsule
    Editor-in-chief, 2014 - present
    Editor-in-chief, overseeing design, writing, staff co-ordination, licenses and tech maintenance.
  • Lightricks
    Writer/Photographer, 2015 - present
    Freelance photographer and writer.
  • Svbte magazine
    Writer, 2013 - 2014
    Wrote for Svbtle magazine when it was invite-only for select writers, quit when it went public.
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