Ashok Argent-Katwala

I am Ashok Argent-Katwala. I lived, studied and worked in London for 12 In 2009, I moved to Toronto – another great, global city. I enjoy building things which work, so I am slightly more engineer than scientist. I believe in a lot of things, especially that there's usually a right thing to do. More about me.

Since I get most of my best thinking done in decent cafés & pubs, I publish my recommendations on The List.


I'm failing to vote in the UK general election today because I never received my postal ballot paper as an overseas voter.

I'm bloody annoyed.

Tagged: Social, Politics, Rants

Posted at 08:46 EDT, 7th May 2015.

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Discover Canada - MP3 playlist

Mary and I recently applied for our Canadian citizenship. (Whoop!)

In preparation for our upcoming written tests, there's a booklet we must study – Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship.

Tagged: Web, Upbeat, Social

Posted at 11:04 EDT, 12th April 2015.

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I'm very happy today that Mary & I have applied for Canadian citizenship.

This is the most exciting letter I've sent in a long time:

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I'm proud that we've joined the queue to become new Canadians.

(I really like the common use of 'new Canadian' here. I find it much more upbeat and welcoming than 'immigrant', and the general tone with which that's used, particularly in UK politics and media.)

Tagged: Upbeat, Social, Rants

Posted at 12:27 EDT, 20th March 2015.

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Ashok Katwala
My name before marriage. I've also been Ash Katwala or Ash Argent-Katwala at times – when both syllables of Ashok have been too much.
ArsDigita London
I was employee #3 in London for aD.
Department of Computing, Imperial College London
Where I did my undergraduate degree, followed by a PhD in performance modelling, after which I did some teaching and research on software engineering and performance analysis.
Westcliff High School for Boys (WHSB) in Essex
My high school, where I was a pupil 1988–95.