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Monthly Archives: October 2006

Scan to PDF


For years now, I have been searching for an open source utility to create PDF files from image files, without having to use Adobe Acrobat. I have been using Acrobat in my department, in conjunction with a scanner with an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), to digitally archive thousands of documents, essays, articles and books. And [...]

Map Makers


A couple of weeks ago I had the good fortune to finally met Svati’s occassional house-mate, Anandaroop Roy, who makes his living as a cartographer and information designer living between Poughkeepsie and Brooklyn. Roop is a map-maker whose clients include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Asia Society and Yale University and who works mostly [...]

Chicago to Madison


I arrived in Chicago last night to spend a day at the Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago, and await the arrival of other friends and colleagues in the windy city on their way to the Madison South Asia Conference this weekend. I am appearing on a panel on Digital Humanities in South Asia [...]

Frontier Dialectics


In the writing of nationalist histories of the United States, it is difficult to find a more succinct statement of space as an organising metaphor of nationhood than the “frontier thesis” of Frederick Jackson Turner. In his famous address of 1893 to the American Historical Association meeting during the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Turner [...]

Remembering Raj Chandavarkar


Historian Rajnarayan Chandavarkar, whom I had known closely for the past seven years in London and Bombay, died of a sudden heart attack while at a conference on Four Cities in Modernity at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire on 23 April 2006. As a friend and mentor, his death was a great loss to me [...]