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Hi. We seem to share some common interests. Feel free to take a jab at Indian natural history and the links going from there. cheers Shyamal 10:36, 28 July 2006 (UTC)

regarding Mysore[edit]

Hi! I read your comments in the talk page of Wikipedia:WikiProject Indian cities. The first suggestion I'd like to share is Follow the project. I mean the article has many sections not in line with the project, eg "Attractions", "Spiritual tourism", "Diversity" etc. Delete those/incorporate into other sections. "Noted people", "Trivia" must be removed. Please see other Indian city articles that are featured. There are no inline citations. This is essential. First do these things, further suggestions will follow. Best of luck. Regards.--Dwaipayan (talk) 19:11, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

If we consider the total amount of information available in the article, Mysore is quite ok. But the style is not ok. See Wikipedia:Manual of Style. Also see other city articles that have been featured. Some portions of the article, at present, seem largely lists, rather than an article. You have to convert those listy things to prose forms in most cases, with necessary wikilinks to connect to daughter articles where the respective topics can be discussed at length. In some cases, you have to remove list, like "Other Attractions" and "Nearby places". Those can be made into seperate lists (I mean a different article like Tourist attractions in Mysore) and intelligently wikilinked in the main article pf Mysore. Regards.--Dwaipayan (talk) 07:25, 23 August 2006 (UTC)

Great work[edit]

Thanks for your message and the articles. I added a link to Blatter herbarium from Indian natural history. I wonder if I could ask you for favours in literature lookups since you appear to have access to some collections that I am quite envious of :) (BNHS ?) Shyamal 03:35, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

Someone at the Indian Academy of Sciences asked for info on Frederick Henry Gravely - any info ? C. R. Narayan Rao had more info on the French wikipedia and I just created it based on that and it needs some inputs. Shyamal 03:43, 25 August 2006 (UTC)


Well the original title was a typo. It's at Children's World Magazine which should be correct. --W.marsh 14:13, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

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Thanks for the article on Matthew Stirling[edit]

Thanks for the article on Matthew Stirling!!

I wanted to write and tell you that you did a great job on the article on Matthew Stirling. A credit to Wikipedia. Madman 22:06, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

Hey, SD, thanks for the lead on that photo of Stirling. It is perfect. Seriously. It is in color, it shows Stirling in the field, and it shows him with Altar 5 at La Venta, one of the most distinctive Olmec monuments. I uploaded it under Fair Use and under US Government licensing. Thank you! 02:56, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

Mentioning 125 years[edit]

What is wrong in mentioning 125 years when a paper is really that old Doctor Bruno 18:00, 27 August 2006 (UTC)

Thanks. Got you point. Doctor Bruno 00:36, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

TProskouriakoff photo[edit]

SD, I continue to be appreciative of your archaeologist articles. Your latest one on Tatiana Proskouriakoff is very nice. I also appreciate your desire to have photos on your page. For so many Wikipedians, I fear, images are unimportant.

That being said, that particular photo of Ms Proskouriakoff Image:Charsolomon TProskouriakoff.jpg is not the most flattering of photos. Did you get permission for that particular one?? In any case, congratulations. Madman 12:26, 1 September 2006 (UTC)

So, Ms Solomon has agreed to allow us to use any of those photos? You are quite the smooth-talking dude there, SD. Congratulations.
Personally, I believe that the picture at the upper left of the website is the best picture ("Tania in the 1950s when she was with the Carnegie Institution of Washington."), even if it is in black and white, and somewhat dark, and a bit on the small size. But that's only my thinking.
In other news, I believe that this drawing by Tatiana is a strong candidate for Fair Use. It is extremely useful at a number of levels. I believe I will upload it later and insert it into the article.
Keep up the good work. Madman 19:49, 1 September 2006 (UTC)
I wonder if you're given any more thought to putting up the black and white photo of Tatiana Proskouriakoff. If I were Tatiana, I'd be dead now I would prefer the B&W younger-me to the color older-me photo. Curiously yours, Madman 22:09, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Who and whom[edit]

Moctezuma II
Hi, I am not a student of English syntax, but it seemed to me that the sentences

... Spanish conquerors (whom .. he might have believed to be gods)
... Spanish conquerors (who .. he might have believed to be gods)

impart different meanings. I think the former implies he believed the Spanish (and actually the rest of the sentence then makes no sense), and the latter conveys that he believed the Spanish to be gods. This might just be me, but i thought it was worth nailing down. Cheers, Sdsouza 05:56, 2 September 2006 (UTC)

The rule is that "who" is used when subsituting for the subject (grammar) of the clause and "whom" is used when substituting for the predicate (grammar) of the clause. I think of it this way: instead of using who/whom, try to instead either he/they or him/them in the clause. If "he"/"they" works, use "who". If "him"/"them" sounds best, use "whom" (note that they all end in "m").
So using the clause above, we find it substitutes so: "He might have believed them to be gods". So, instead of "them" use "whom". If instead it read:
... Spanish conquerors (who he should have realized were a pack of evil men)
then use "who" because it substitutes as "they were a pack of evil men".
Hope this helps, Madman 12:16, 2 September 2006 (UTC)
Hey, thanks for the explanation. I read through it and that was precisely what I thought I was saying in layman-ish : the Spanish are the subject of the clause (neither Moctezuma nor his belief in their divinity is), and therefore the word to use is who, rather than whom. However, it shouldn't matter as long as people get the meaning right, i guess. Sdsouza 12:35, 2 September 2006 (UTC)
"Spanish conquerors" is in the predicate of the clause. Moctezuma is the subject. The clause is "Moctezuma might have believed them to be gods" or even "Them, Moctezuma might have believed to be gods". As mentioned, since we use them we use whom. Hope this helps, Madman 12:46, 2 September 2006 (UTC)

Welcome to WikiProject Middle-earth![edit]

Hello, Sdsouza!

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Updated DYK query On 6 September, 2006, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Easter Posey, which you created. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the "Did you know?" talk page.


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Many thanks for the article Sdsouza. Very nice picture; if I'm around in a few hours, I'll switch it to the main page DYK pic. Cheers. -- Samir धर्म 18:20, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Tom Brady[edit]

Comment moved from your user page. -- Gogo Dodo 22:58, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

Sorry about the Tom Brady statistics. I thought people would want to be kept up to date on how Tom is doing in today's game. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wow13d (talkcontribs)


That was nice. Shyamal 08:58, 26 September 2006 (UTC) If you are based in Bangalore, you may be interested in the Meetup. Shyamal 09:30, 26 September 2006 (UTC)


I fear I do not have much else to the discussion on Velama. It is too big a task to provide references to that article and I do not want to simply delete them all. I am not very interested in that article though and have moved on to other things. But I'll be watching the page and you have my support if you are thinking of wikifying the article. Thanks. TwoOars (T | C) 05:39, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

I saw your comments on the Velama talk page. I have initiated a clean up of the article and would appreciate your help. Abecedare 03:49, 23 March 2007 (UTC)

Last push for the Biography Assessment Drive[edit]

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Saw your work on Anshi and thought I would let you know about these few images for possible use.

Shyamal 03:10, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

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Ullas Karanth[edit]

Hi D'souza, I was looking at wiki page on Dr. Ullas Karanth and found that you've contributed quite a lot of information to the article. I was wondering about the source of the information. If you get a chance, do email me sometime over the Wiki. Thanks, --H P Nadig \Talk \Contributions 20:13, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

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Women in Red[edit]

Hi there, Sdsouza, and welcome to Women in Red. I see you've been contributing to Wikipedia for quite some time, writing interesting articles about India. I'm glad you now intend to write biographies of women, making a good start with Raisa Azarh and Patsy De Forest. Although you are obviously experienced, you might find it useful to look through our Ten Simple Rules. Happy editing!--Ipigott (talk) 11:09, 13 May 2019 (UTC)

@Ipigott: Thank you for the welcome! I did go through the rules, and am hoping that the three articles (Merav Miller is new) adhere to them. Would appreciate your taking a look at the pages when you have the time, or is there someone else who can advise on the form and content? Sdsouza (talk) 11:22, 13 May 2019 (UTC)
@Ipigott: Thought I'll use the same thread here. Just created Varvara Pavlovna Adrianova-Peretz (Women born in May contains Varvara Adrionova-Peretz). Am guessing the differences in spelling shouldn't matter, would they? Thanks! - Sdsouza (talk) 14:47, 15 May 2019 (UTC)
It looks to me as if you've done a pretty good job on this one. I've moved it to Varvara Adrianova-Peretz as the patronymic is seldom used in English. The others look fine too. Keep up the good work! Don't feel under an obligation to contribute to the priorities of the month. It's always good to have new articles on these topics but if you would prefer to work on women from India, please feel free to do so.--Ipigott (talk) 06:34, 16 May 2019 (UTC)

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