Malayalam slang and their origins

Malayalam has always had a history of assimilating loan words from various foreign tongues. This has been true even in some of the common everyday slang words that Malayalees use in day to day conversations. Some of the most interesting ones that caught my eye are below. Yemandan (യമണ്ടൻ) adj. unusually huge and/or powerful The name came from, believe it or not, a German warship called SMS Emden.

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Hello Ghost!

I have been meaning to get this site back on track for sometime now. It has been a while. Procrastination was one primary obstacle, Wordpress was another. But then I discovered Ghost thanks to two of my colleagues. Inspired by them, I migrated the entire blog to Ghost complete with a new shiny handcrafted theme. Migration wasn't that hard and all the heavy lifting can be done by an easy

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Flickering text with CSS and JavaScript

This is a simple hack to simulate flickering text using the magic powers of CSS3 and some javascript. Pretty much a lazy evening experiment I did for the landing page of a a cool domain I got my hands on. The CSS The trick behind the blur is setting the font color to transparent and adding a text-shadow with offset set to zero. The original text becomes invisible and only

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The Third Home

When arriving in a city we see streets in perspective. Sequences of buildings with no meaning. Everything is unknown, virgin. Later we’ll have lived in this city. We’ll have walked in its streets. We’ll have been to the end of the perspectives. We’ll have seen all the buildings. We’ll have lived stories with people. When we’ll have lived in this city, we’ll have

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The Butterfly Effect

Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?One of my favourite thought exercise is to romanticize about the chaos theory. So this other day, I was having a conversation with one of my dear friends regarding the multiple ‘what-if’s in our life line. Isn’t it incredible that random actions by random actors cause incredible repercussions to your future? Sometime

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