October 2009

The Fading Cultures of India

The steady dhadak-dhadak of the moving train, the crisp Indian air making its way through the open window as we lay on our cots, and the ambiance from the dim red, blue, and green lights that clung to the ceilings made for a perfect trip with sound sleep every time.

Red Diapers in the Land of Red Chillies

Why America’s political thinkers and their ideas don’t travel very well.

Preity-Rani VRS time ?

Monojit Lahiri zeroes-in on a chilling new reality gripping B-town, where Voluntary Retirement Slips are being handed out to 30-plus starlets …

Bollywood’s Newest Script

New investors and foreign audiences are game changers for Bollywood.

Cosmic Parallels

Radical, new cosmological theories of multiverses, oscillating universe and the Big Bang have eerie parallels in Vedic cosmology.

Ambani vs. Ambani

A Dispute over Natural Gas Prices Flares Up

Recession’s Toll

The Great Recession has disrupted life at home and in the workplace.

The Mountbatten Affair

Production of a film portraying a clandestine and intense affair between former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, wife of India’s last

Pee Pilao

A Hindu group is preparing to launch a new soft drink made from cow’s urine. Gau Jal, currently undergoing laboratory tests, is made of cow’s

Moon Water

 A NASA instrument carried aboard India’s first lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 has found evidence of water molecules on the polar regions of the moon, a discovery

McCurry’s Hot For McDonald

Fast food giant McDonald’s has lost a battle in a Malaysian appeals court to prevent a restaurant McCurry from using the ‘Mc’ prefix in its

Bike Rage

A cyclist convicted of assaulting pedestrians in Leicester, United Kingdom, has been banned from riding in the city.Police accuse Gurnaik Singh Dogra, 27, of a

Anand Gone

Self-styled celebrity designer for the stars Anand Jon Alexander has been sentenced to 59 years to life imprisonment following his conviction on 14 counts of

Tweaking Tharoor

 Shashi Tharoor, India’s minister of state for external affairs, has built a reputation and 230,000 followers on the popular messaging service Twitter. But an offhand

Indian Math Challenge

Producers of Two Million Minutes, a documentary critical of the U.S. educational system, are daring American high school kids to take “The Third World Challenge,”

Outta Here

They were publicly humiliated for exercising a right that was guaranteed to them by the United States Constitution.

Immigration Fraud

A former U.S. immigration official is imprisoned for bringing two Indians into the country illegally.

Sex Drive

India’s cricket coach Gary Kirsten is taking flak in the media after a dossier emerges in which players are encouraged to have sex to bolster their cricket performance.

Shrinking Breadbasket

The GRACE data found that over the past decade the water table has been depleting.

Paper Or Plastic?

The Reserve Bank of India is reportedly weighing polymer, or plastic, currency notes. According to media reports, as an initial step the bank will introduce

Wyeth Seeks To Block Generic Drug

Wyeth markets a newer version of the drug and in 2005 discontinued the older version of Zosyn.

Reva Revs Up

With 3,000 electric cars on the road, Reva is a leader in the nascent electric car market.

Indira Nooyi Tops Again

Third most powerful woman in the world

Ford’s Figo

Presently Ford has only under 2 percent of the Indian market

MacArthur Fellows

Each MacArthur fellow receives $500,000 in “no strings attached” support over five years.

The Right Thing

What you measure affects what you do. if you don’t measure the right thing, you don’t do the right thing.”

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