Indian connection at the Oscars this year – “Life of Pi” and “Lincoln”

This year there will be multiple ways that India will be represented at the Academy Awards ceremony.  There are 9 nominees for the Best Picture: Civil War saga "Lincoln";  the old-age love story "Amour"; the Iran hostage thriller "Argo"; the independent hit "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; the slave-revenge narrative "Django Unchained"; the musical "Les Miserables"; the shipwreck story "Life of Pi"; the lost-souls romance "Silver Linings Playbook"; and the Osama bin Laden manhunt … [Read more...]

Best Motivational Video: Wisdom of Life from an Indian Road-side Vendor on how to live life

Honestly, strength lies in simple people doing incredible stuff.  Here is one example.  Amazing insights into how to live life. … [Read more...]

How Finances impact your Emotional Well-Being

A very interesting and informative infographic.   Image Credit - Mint … [Read more...]

Motivating speech from Al Pacino on Fighting in Life

Some speeches are incredibly motivating.  I find this speech to be exceptional. … [Read more...]

Curse of the “Bapus”: Why target Asaram? Was Gandhi’s prescription to Jews any different?

Asaram Bapu has made some comments which have sparked a lot of protests.  What he said basically was that when the Rapists were trying to rape the girl, she should have called them "brother" and begged them to leave her. This is coming obviously from a person who (i) has never known a woman's pain at being overpowered and brutalized and (ii) has never been raped. But what has surprised me is that why has the society suddenly woken up to the menace of idiocy masquerading as "Non Violence" and … [Read more...]

NPR’s On point Radio program on Delhi Rape and Public Protests

On Point's Tom Ashbrook is one of the best radio interviewer in the world - with his in depth research and useful discussion.  Here is a blurb on the introduction to his piece on Delhi Rape and Protests The agony of India over the brutal gang rape and murder of a young woman on the streets of New Delhi has been something to behold. Hundreds of thousands of Indians, men and women, in the streets. Decrying the attack and a government and police blind eye to sexual harassment and violence that may … [Read more...]

Micro-climates in Large Indian Urban Cities Contribute significantly to higher temperatures

Large Indian cities - specifically Delhi and Mumbai - are adding significantly to the climate issues around those areas.  The heat index that these cities have due to concrete structures, population and pollution also impacts the smaller towns and areas nearby. Now, Indian government-backed research shows that both Delhi andIndia's biggest city, Mumbai, are becoming "urban heat islands", with significantly different climates to their surrounding rural areas. Preliminary findings from the … [Read more...]

Satyan Gajwani inks alliance with Gawker Media to bring Gizmodo and Lifehacker to India

Satyan Gajwani, Times Internet CEO is on a roll.  Recently, he had acquired a share in Fab.com and now has signed up an alliance with Gawker Media to bring web properties like Lifehacker and Gizmodo to the Indian public with original content for India. Gawker Media, which already has a presence in eight countries, is expanding its international reach even further. Nick Denton, the founder of the company and blog network, announced yesterday that it has entered a strategic partnership … [Read more...]

Schoolgirls raped in Boarding School; Administration and Politicians make such rapes lucrative and possible

Minor girls studying in boarding school - aged between 8 and 12 - were being raped in a Chhatisgarh school and it was being covered up by prominent people in that area. Police said they have detained two men who worked at a state-run boarding school in a remote part of India for allegedly raping 11 girls. Four other people, including village officials, also were detained for allegedly covering up the incident. Police detained Mannuram Goti, the teacher, and the watchman, Deenaram, who goes by … [Read more...]

Two reasons why Pakistani Army is Encouraged to hit at India at will

Brahma Chellaney shares some important points on what issues face India in its Pakistan policy.  He is of the view that India has presented itself as a weak nation and has abandoned the vigor to go after the main issues, including terrorism.  It is a shame that in a hurry to resume talks India has delinked them from Terrorism itself. The Pakistani military is drawing encouragement from two factors. The first factor is that the US-Pakistan relationship, after being on the boil for more than a … [Read more...]