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I've had a blog at http://chiragpatnaik.blogspot.com /(now http://chirag.patnaiks.in) since quite a while. This blog went through several name changes and changes in direction, till, way back 5 years ago, I finally renamed it to Marlinspike, inspired by Marlinspike Hall from my favourite comic.

Over time, I realised that it was more a personal blog. I always had this thought to write a professional blog , but the name Marlinspike was too good to use (or so I think) on a personal blog. So yet another name change for the personal blog, while this new one becomes... Marlinspike.

This blog is essentially a commentary on what is happening around us in media (MSM and otherwise) and Marketing. Yes, that means, pretty much everything under the sun.

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