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How to install Kannada fonts in Ubuntu

Since this blog has several posts about the Udupi and Mangalore region, I thought it is best to do a short post on how to install the Kannada font in Ubuntu. I stumbled across this issue when I was trying to read a website in Kannada for an aunt of mine.
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Making grape wine at home

I've read so many resources on making wine at home over the years. Wine making can be extremely confusing as on the one hand we find Westerners making wine in a laboratory kind of setting with grape crushers, de-stemmers, presses, hydrometers, racking canes, clarifiers, carboys, sanitizing chemicals like sodium metabisulphide and fancy equipment designed for …
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Surviving on fiat money

This was among one of my first posts written on SimplySimple. However it never took shape as I was too busy juggling my blog hosting, learning Wordpress and fiddling around with design issues and AD placements.... Fast forward to last week. Our fantastic Prime minister (and his team) pulls another one of his half baked political …
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The Chir Pine: Pinus roxburghii

I've been fascinated by the chir pine Pinus roxburghii (Pinus longifolia) for quite some time and realised that I haven't yet put down a post on it. I've marvelled at its beauty both at Sattal and also Mussoorie in Uttarakhand, India.  Unfortunately it is sad to see villagers set whole slopes of the forest on …
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Extracting coconut milk

  Back to the main post on the coconut tree Whenever I think of coconut milk, my mouth waters. Although she is no more, three dishes prepared by mum come vividly to my mind and I can almost taste it in my mouth as I write. The first is a common breakfast dish of steamed/boiled sweet potato served …
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Using a banneton to bake bread

In my previous post on How to bake your own wholewheat bread, I have not told you the whole story of my my bread experiments. The goal was to get the loaf done right, and the only way to figure out where I was going wrong with sourdough was to go back to the basics and use easier instant …
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Home made whole wheat bread

This has to be one of my longest experiments ever, partly due to me getting the baking bug only in the winters. The first two were disastrous failures and the end product could have been the choice of weapon used by Cain to kill Abel. The first one, used -wait for it... Champagne yeast and …
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