Begging in Bombay: a $42 Million Enterprise

You have seen those beggars - poor and haggard and suffering - in Mumbai? Well the entire city's beggars earn a staggering $42 million a year!!Most of this city-wide (actually country-wide) enterprise is a commercial one. There are organized gangs which take these activities by kidnapping and forcing kids and handicapped into begging! Many people come to Mumbai from other cities come everyday and many are kids so there is a regular "pipeline" of recruits for them. Sad but staggering!! … [Read more...]

Knowledge Bridging and Bose's Suspension System

When I worked at Bose on a project, I was told by the employees there about this product which was an amazing improvement on the current technology! It seems the demos would involve placing a glass of water on the driver's deck and the exercise was to take the car over the road bumps. The results were smashing! Amar Bose is, in any case, a genius!!For nearly 25 years, engineers at Massachusetts-based Bose Corp., a famed maker of stereo speakers and other audio equipment, quietly toyed with … [Read more...]

Nation vs Religion: Differences between Muslims and Christians

Here is an interesting poll survey that gives the differences between Christian and Muslim views of which is more important in their identity - Nation or Religion? Muslims consistently - except in the largest Muslim nation Indonesia - view their identity as Muslims more important than their identity defined by their nation! And the identity as Muslim as opposed to Nation is most pronounced in - you guessed it right - Pakistan!!Muslim and Christian responses to "What do you consider yourself … [Read more...]

Basic Principle of Decision Making

I have a basic principle of Decision Making:In any decision two things are important: Time and Analysis.Do not Analyze so much that the time becomes irrelevant.What do you think? … [Read more...]

Warm Pacific destroying the Ecology!

Yet another evidence of the increasing Global Warming! Any more of those nonsensical explanations from the Oil-guzzling, Anti-global warming "scientists" and "activists" in the US?....the steep decline of one bird species for the second straight year has rekindled scientists' fears that global warming could be undermining the coastal food supply, threatening not just the Farallones but entire marine ecosystems. Tiny Cassin's auklets live much of their lives on the open ocean. But in … [Read more...]

The Great Virtual Land Grab

I see that there really are just two main and serious players in the world of virtual business - Yahoo and Google. Yahoo is a very serious contender although it hasnt gotten all its components to pay off as yet. It will as the time goes - despite the off-color recent results. So in this competition the big virtual land grab is on!One of the hottest interactive battlefields between Yahoo and Google involves a land grab. But rather than the virtual kind of the late '90s, this one involves real … [Read more...]

Future of Desktop Software

With the purchase of Writely by Google a useful question was raised. Are the Microsoft Office apps going to get useless? Well, maybe.. or maybe not! It all depends on how the trends are going to shape up in future. Such questions were asked at a Supernova 2006 conference hosted by Wharton. A lot of things were discussed. Kevin Lynch from Adobe Systems had some interesting views!The current "chasm" between the web experience and the desktop experience is central, added Kevin Lynch, chief … [Read more...]

How Pakistani Government Promotes Terrorism and US State Department looks the Other Way!

It is the same pattern isnt it? The Government and the Indian Prime Minister gets all of a peacenik and just when the Indian PM wears the Peace-Clothes, there is a big terrorist attack in India. And then despite the newly worn peace-clothes, the Indian PM gets to eat his words! And once the new clothes are off - the PM comes back to announce that it was the Pak-based terrorists who were behind it. Of course, the terrorists had the Pak Government backing. Well ISI is part of the Government … [Read more...]