September 2011

The Pre-Trip Gift Buyer’s Guide

For the past few weekends, my friend Tam has been hitting the shops assiduously, rifling through bargain aisles; stocking up enough shower gels to clean

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

The American Century, proclaimed so triumphantly at the start of World War II, will be tattered and fading by 2025, its eighth decade, and could be history by 2030.


Curbing corruption through citizen empowerment.

Tumsa Nahin Dekha! Shammi Kapoor: 1931-2011

A tribute to Mr. Yahoo, the once abject failure, who became a rebel star and revolutionized Indian cinema

Unintended Extras

NRI filmmakers reflect on the quirks and eccentricities of producing a film in India

The Western Face of Tibet

Even as Buddhism captures the imagination of the West, the West is capturing the hearts of Tibetans in Dharamsala, the capitol of Tibetans in exile, notwithstanding the Dalai Lama’s frequent exhortations against Tibetans losing their identity.

Spam Nation

Nearly 1 in 7 spam messages originate in India, according to report by Kaspersky Lab. Malicious attachments, often designed to steal users’ financial date, were

Amul Whipped Up Over Mayonnaise

India’s largest food brand Amul is suing Hindustan Unilever for ads that promote its mayonnaise product as being “better than butter.”

$99 Pepper Tablet

The tablet features an 800-megahertz processor, 256 RAM, 4GB memory and works both on wireless Internet and 3G networks.

Million Job Vacancies in India

People with specialised knowledge are few and there are many other lucrative offers from the private sector.

Half of Indians looking for a change

Around two-third of workers under the age of 24 are seriously considering leaving their current job, the survey found.

$25 Million Judgment

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has won a $24.6 million default judgment against Deep Shah, a fugitive in the Galleon insider trading case.

India Third Largest GDP by 2025

India could have the world’s third largest GDP by 2025 if its present growth rate holds, according to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

BPO Sector Exempt from Data Rules

The $14-billion Indian BPO industry has been exempted from tough new data protection rules introduced by the government.

No Bites at Buffet

Warren Buffett insurance debut in India is sputtering. The company, which introduced online auto insurance policies in March, sold just 30 policies monthly between April to July.

You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Anymore

If you getting heck for not bringing home flowers, blame it on the genes. India, with 16% of the world’s population, hogs just 1 percent

Topi is Cool

The Bellaragazza designer brand has announced plans to launch its “Gandhi Topi” collection made of khadi and cotton next month.

Full Bodied Support

Marathi actress Yoggitta Dandekar used body paint to pledge her support to Anna Hazare’s cause.

Smelly Curry

An Indian family will only cook curry when their Chinese neighbor who was annoyed by its smell isn’t home under a mediation settlement in Singapore.

Scamster Poet?

Ramalinga Raju, founder chairman of Satyam Computers, currently imprisoned on chrages of masterminding India’s biggest corporate fraud, has published a book of Telugu poems, which include odes to morality and ethics.

Got Rakhied

Neelima Chaturvedi, coordinator of the city-based Rakhi Centre, said, “It will certainly act as a deterrent.”

Texting for 74-Year-Old

Anna Hazare was the most popular Indian personality on social media during his 12-day fast against corruption. His page attracted almost 400,000 “likes” on Facebook, and

May it Please Your Honor

A scientist who was being badgered by family members over his property gifted his estate to the Supreme Court instead. A lawyer for Balram Nath Nigam’s

Freedom Cow

A British businessman Kosh Patel is offering a $15,000 reward to bring the cow to South Wales to serve as a mascot for a new social enterprise to promote vegetarianism.


A new website Samosapedia is attempting to use crowd-sourcing to compile a guide to Indian English.

Lists for Fools

The richest people and companies — such as Fortune magazine’s list of the world’s largest companies or the world’s richest — are atleast based on measurable criteria of wealth, and even they hit and miss, because not all assets are in accessible public databases.

Horoscopes Admissible Evidence

The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that a horoscope is admissible evidence to prove a person’s date of birth.

Rakhis for Canadian Police

Young Hindu girls tied rakhis on the wrists of police officers in London, near Ontario, Canada on Raksha Bandhan. Since “Raksha” stands for “protection” and “Bandhan”

Cheapest Mega-City

Mumbai is the cheapest megacity in the world.

Indian or Bangladeshi?

Residents of an Indian enclave to be transferred to Bangladesh can opt to take Bangladeshi citizenship or move to India where it would be the Indian government’s responsibility to provide them land for resettlement.

Back to School

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and 19 of his cabinet colleagues are undertaking a management course “Governance Insight For Transformation” at the

Dhania Medicine

Coriander has anti-bacterial properties that prevent food poisoning and can treat antibiotic-resistant infections. Researchers at Portugal’s University of Beira Interior found that “coriander oil damages

Killer Indian Beetle

The bug has been intercepted 100 times nationwide so far this year, compared to an average of 15 times in 2007-2009, most recently in bags of rice at Chicago’s Ohare Airport.

Trousers Didn’t Fit, You Must Acquit

Dr Narendra Sharma had been accused of performing obscene acts on himself for his own “sexual stimulation and gratification.”

iSpy September 2011

Photo Contest Every month, we publish a selection of submitted photos in Little India and the photo judged best by the editors wins $30. Photos

Go Figure September 2011

Are you ready to start cracking the next Go Figure mystery? Identify what this is and win $30 Last date October 15, 2011 Enter Go Figure Contest The July

Indian Exports to Top $300 Billion

India is aiming to top $300 billion in exports in the current fiscal year.

Attero Recycling: Mining the Wastes

In 2007, when Nitin Gupta, an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and engineering degree holder from IIT-Delhi came to India from the US ending his association with some technology start-ups, what he had with him was an idea.

Finance Ministry For Special Purpose Vehicle SPV Model To Build Rural Broadband Network

The finance ministry has asked the telecom department not to entrust state-owned BSNL with the Rs 20,000-crore project to build a national broadband network to take high-speed internet to the hinterlands.

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