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How Large Hadron Collider caused a run on Wall Street?!

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You heard it here first!!

Markets are haywire, analysts are befuddled and Congress is well, ‘looking at all options’. Reams of pages and bytes of web-pages have been written about the recent crisis on Wall Street but I do not think anyone has yet made this connection. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 28, 2008 at 11:01 am

Small Change for India’s Piggy-bank!!

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(I must admit upfront that this post is inspired by the Tipping Point theory popularized by Malcolm Gladwell, who in turn was inspired by several serious researchers.)

Very often, policy makers and newspaper editors recommend heavyweight reforms for India’s development. The trouble with such ideas is that they get mired in interest-group politics and snail-pace legislation, making implementation nigh impossible. I think we need small triggers that will unleash bigger change in the long term however, their immediate purpose would be much more obvious and un-disagreeable. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 21, 2008 at 8:44 pm

That’s like getting 11 issues FREE!

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Today, for the umpteenth time, I received another irresistible subscription offer. If I renew my NatGeo Traveler now, I will pay $24.95 although the cover price is $79.84, which represents a savings of $54.89. The ‘Subscription Savings Voucher’ makes the decision very easy for me – it analyses its own offer penetratingly, it says, “That’s like getting 11 issues FREE! Plus, get 2 FREE GIFTS.Read the rest of this entry »

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September 17, 2008 at 9:36 pm

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Ginger Rogers & Sonia Gandhi did everything….

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The other day an American colleague asked me how different were Indian elections, compared to what US is doling out. I was tempted to denounce even the thought of comparison – to me, aside from being democracies, the 2 countries were a study in contrast. But, then as I began talking about India, I realized that my colleague was, sort of, identifying with everything I was saying. Perhaps, at a high level, both systems have the same strengths and same failings. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 12, 2008 at 11:06 pm

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Jalebii!!

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Today, I saw lots of old Indian ads (eighties and nineties) on YouTube. I am not sure why nobody has not yet thought of this but if someone compiled them together, they would sell like hot-cakes. The compilation will be lapped up by us who get nostalgic about anything that reminds us of things like Doordarshan. Others, who did not live then, will buy them for the same reason I bought ‘Freedom at Midnight’.

I am listing below all those ads that were the staple of my childhood. I have tried to suggest their social premise. Please help me complete this list as I would not obviously remember all classic ads. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 7, 2008 at 9:07 pm

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Dignity of Labor?

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Today, Nidhi & I cleaned the house. It wasn’t fun in any way. Scrubbing the bathtub and the toilet commode is not uplifting for the soul, nor is vacuuming the carpet any more enlightening than doing the dishes. Yet, we had to spend the better part of the day doing this. We did not have a choice. This is what I most detest about living in the US. You live in the wealthiest country in the world yet majority of its middle/working class can not afford to outsource its run-of-the-mill chores. The cost of domestic help is so high that you can afford to buy a new hybrid car on a good day but can not hire a maid for an year. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 1, 2008 at 4:45 pm

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