Sunday, December 07, 2008

Quote of the Day.

"Years ago, a western diplomat wrote that Pakistan was the only country in the world that negotiates with a gun to its own head. Our argument, long familiar to aid donors, goes something like this: If you don’t give us what we need, the government will collapse and this might result in anarchy, and a takeover by Islamic militants. Left unstated here is the global risk these elements would pose as they would have access to Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal."
Column titled 'A very big deal' Dec 06, 2008.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Telling photos..

Some you might have seen, some not - ALL haunting.

This is the real face of terror..

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Mumbai under attack..

As the news channels keep playing endless news loops, it is getting impossible to get fresh information on what's going on in the 2 hotels and other places around.
Here's what I'm following:
- (Live blogging from people around Mumbai)
- (Indian News Site - updates fairly regularly)
- (Blog)
- (Blog)

Hoping that this hostage situation gets resolved quickly and every single perpetrator is brought to justice.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Today's Newspaper's front page.

Here are some front pages of popular newspapers in the US.
New York Times:

Washington Post:

As a side note: maybe Palin' will wonder here and find out about all the fine newspapers we have in this country.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


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NOV 4 2008

Okay - so here it is at last. Nov 4 2008. After almost 2 years of constant election news, views and analysis, we have finally arrived. Think about how many times in the last 2 years have we seen Barack Obama, on your TV, in Magazines, newspapers, on the computer. I have seen and heard him in these last 2 years more than my entire family in my whole life.. now add Hillary and John the Mac and all the other side kicks to the mix and that amounts to some serious time. Wow.
Anyway.. Last few weeks were specially entertaining. The Mac threw in Palin' in the ring (I bet her husband's name is Todd Paling - she just chucked the 'g' out - in her usual folksie fashion - that's why the ') and all of a sudden, Saturday Night Live became a must see. In fact it seems like it's on TV all nights of the week now. It's like having Superbowl every Sunday! Hopefully they will get back to their senses and only have a SNL on S.

So while we are witnessing history being written right before our eyes, let's not forget that when all is said and done, and Mr. Obama will be crowned in Jan, 2009, he will be having a herculean task before him. He will soon realize that getting elected to the highest office in the nation was the easy part. He will have much on his plate - the economy, not just the US economy, but the world economy; two wars that directly affect the US and a flagging health care system, a non existant immigration system, to name only the most important issues.
So good luck to him tonight. If there is anybody in this country who has earned a presidency - it has to be him.
And because everybody is in a predicting mood - Here's my prediction: Obama: 330-340. Subtract any number between 330 and 340 from 538 to get Mac's numbers. The Dems will also get to 59 in the senate and a gain of 28 seats in the house. Wow - I can claim to be a political junkie myself. Don't be surprised to see me on MSNBC in 2012 - bashing Palin' after the Rachel Maddow Show.

Friday, October 24, 2008

India Shoots for the Moon

AP/Indian Space Research Organization

How'd they learn to do that?

The U.S. Congress needs a wake-up call. At the risk of our readers saying the laws of physics forbid any such possibility, we offer the following: On Wednesday India launched a space probe to the moon.

The Chandrayaan-I

The Chandrayaan-I blasted off about dawn from the Satish Dhawan Space Center. It is expected to reach lunar orbit by November 8. The probe, whose principal goal is to "conduct mineralogical and chemical mapping of the lunar service," carries five scientific payloads from India and others from NASA and the European Space Agency. With this achievement, India joins the U.S., Japan, Europe, Russia and China in the lunar club.

India deserves congratulations for the Chandrayaan-I, which attests further to that nation's remarkable strides as an economic and scientific power. That said, we cannot fail to draw attention to how this event bears on the continuing lunacy of Congress in limiting visa quotas for highly skilled immigrants.

American universities are filled with foreign students, not least from India, getting degrees in engineering and science. Many dearly wish to stay and work in the U.S. Instead, we basically kick them out after training them, owing to the Congressional limit of 65,000 H-1B visas, which are used up the day they are released in March.

The Labor Department believes that by 2014 some two million high-tech jobs will be available here. U.S. companies from Microsoft down to start-ups have begged Congress to give them access to this skilled labor pool. Congress won't budge, bowing to arguments that foreign techs displace jobs from U.S. citizens. That's not how labor markets work in a dynamic economy. Bill Gates has noted that an H-1B hire creates several additional hires, as tech teams expand.

The irony is hard to miss. India's recent progress is the result of paring back state suffocation of its economy. But the U.S., with Barack Obama's antitrade policies and the GOP's anti-immigrant policies, may be turning inward. Here's hoping India and China aren't going to the moon just as the U.S. is headed into the sunset.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Heading towards depression?

A 40 % drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Avg in a year (Oct 09, 2007 to Oct 09, 2008) is not something that happens every 5 years, it doesn't even happen once in 10 years. This has only happened twice before in the last 100 years! The last time the Dow lost more than 40% in a 12 months period was in 1973-1974. Of course, before that the Dow lost almost half its value in the 1932 depression.
So are we heading towards a depression? Here are some reasons I think that the stock markets are a poor indicator of the current state of the economy and that we are in a state of panic and fear rather than depression.
- The world economy is very interlinked now - more than it was in 1974 and definitely more than 1932. Even a slight chance/indication of an economy the size of the US will result in the financial gurus/experts/government officials to do anything and everything in their power to get this behemoth back on track.
- The government now is far more proactive and keen to avert a crisis like that. Far too much is at stake now. They will beg, borrow or steel (from China. UAE, Saudi Arabia and even India) to have some mobility in the financial wheels of this country. The US has knows what it feels to be a super power and to let that power slip from it's hands is unthinkable, unimaginable and frankly, impossible. You might as well say goodbye to the world as you know it if a 1932 like situation is to happen again.

So talks of depression - please.. in fact, there were signs that the stock market was looking to touch the bottom on Friday, Oct 10th. If that were to happen, here is an interesting piece of information/fact/history for you.
Below are the worst and best years of Dow in terms of percentage.

1 1931 -52.67
2 1907 -37.73
3 1930 -33.77
4 1920 -32.90
5 1937 -32.82
6 1914 -30.72
7 1974 -27.57
8 1903 -23.61
9 1932 -23.07
10 1917 -21.71

1 1915 81.66
2 1933 66.69
3 1928 48.22
4 1908 46.64
5 1954 43.96
6 1904 41.74
7 1935 38.53
8 1975 38.32
9 1905 38.20
10 1958 33.96

Do you see a pattern?
After dropping 31%in 1914, it gained 82% in 1915. After dropping 23% in 1932, it gained 67% in 1933, went up 38% in 1975 after dropping 27.60% in 1974 etc. As a matter of fact, we haven't seen a big gain like that since 1975. So the big question is - are we due one this/next year? I am willing to bet this will be the top most thought of traders in the coming weeks/months.
So what can you do? It is a common belief that it is very hard to catch a falling knife - and you can never predict when the knife is going to hit the floor (because you don't know where the floor is) so put is a fixed sum of amount in equities regularly, preferably once every week or 2 weeks. This is also known as dollar cost averaging

Monday, September 29, 2008

What a day!

What a day this has been!! The US House of representatives voted down a $700 Billion Economic Stabilization Act (read 'US/World economy bailout bill). As a result, the US stock market dropped 7%. The dow dropped 777 points today to 10,365.45, the S & P dropped even more. This is no fun at all.
More interesting to follow is the Palin/Biden debate that is coming up. This hockey mom is sure making the elections colorful - to say the least.
Her performance on TV is, unfortunately, getting only partial coverage because of this sorry and sad state of the US economy. So - if you haven't seen this .. go ahead and click - you will feel much better..

OK.. now on to the economy... The republican leadership of this country are between a rock and a hard place. They will be damned if they approve of this bailout - and damned if they don't. It goes against the grain of their very principle, their ideology. The 'ownership society' is faltering - and they are to be blamed.
If I was asked the single reason for this implosion - the years of 1% fed interest rates under Greenspan. Somehow - everybody got the idea that it was okay to live beyond your means - and the government was encouraging it.

So after propping up the country's economy, and giving a false sense of security, the Bush administration is all set to go out with a wimp. Indeed, history is all set to judge him and the republican political machine as the most destructive this country has seen in its history. Pity, an entire generation is set to suffer because of the failed policies of one man.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Good luck, my love..


Your grip is strong, your will is stronger,
You appear calm, at ease and smart,
Ready to face the challenges of life,
Well, almost.

In two weeks in this world,
You have seen a lot already.
The triumphs and tribulations,
The ups and downs, the wins and losses,
The good, the bad, and the ugly,
All make this world, and you.

Live long and be happy,
And remember, change is the only constant,
Darkness is sometimes good,
And bad, occasionally, is not all that bad.

Do good, be zestful, and passionate,
And you will succeed in this world and life.

We wish you all the best,
May you live long and shine like the sun.
May you give happiness to all,
Who are lucky to know and meet you.
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Monday, August 11, 2008

I don't remember 1980 - and I will never forget 2008.

It was a dream of mine to hear the 'Jana Gana Mana' and see the Tricolor go up in an Olympics. Thanks for fulfilling one of my dreams Abhinav Bindra.

I don't remember 1980 - and I will never forget 2008.
Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks a MILLION!!!!

Abhinav Bindra gets India's FIRST Individual Gold at ANY Olympics

At 26, this young lad from Chandigarh/Delhi is already an Olympics veteran. This Olympics are his 3rd.
This is India's first gold medal after 1980 where they won the hockey gold in Moscow.
Last Olympics, India won a silver medal - in shooting.
Abhinav will be a living legend in India for the rest of his life and long after that. Congratulations.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Moving Too Fast to Drive 55

This article in the NYT (or here)
describes how the idea of driving at 55 mph is catching speed in this country. A few days ago I heard/read somewhere that because a lot of people are already driving slower - number of fatal accidents on the highways have come down rapidly.
What will it take for most if not everyone to remove there foot off the gas pedal? A law? So be it.
Here is a chart of the optimum speed at which you get the maximum gas mileage for your vehicle.
There is also a website dedicated to driving at 55 mph! (

Thursday, June 26, 2008

(Free*) Advice for Federal Reserve

Yesterday the Federal Reserve voted to keep the interest rates at which banks lend money to each other (pretty much the mother of ALL interest rates, except may be the mortgage rate) unchanged at 2%. They also noted that inflationary forces are somewhat higher, whereas the winds of recession are waning. So - in effect, they did nothing - nothing except talking. Here's the more surprising part - I don't blame them for not doing anything - partly because they CANNOT DO ANYTHING. These are such extraordinary times that they don't know what has hit the economy - well OK - they know - but they are definitely not doing anything about it. For the rest of us - let me try to explain.

A. This downturn started because of the credit crisis that began in August of last year (remember the subprime mortgage meltdown - the Bear Stearns collapse - the billions banks wrote off) that resulting in millions losing their homes - and its effect on the housing market.

B. The reason for A. was all the cheap money (practically free) that was available from 2000 onwards - till they started raising interest rates again in 2005. Everyone who wanted to buy a home was able to obtain a loan - irrespective of their ability to pay them back (Countrywide got sued recently for that). However, as soon as the interest rates jumped - they were unable to pay back their home loans - once there were enough people doing this - the mortgage industry, and by association, the housing and financial industry went bust. But I digress - there is enough juice in this saga to inspire a few PhD theses.

C. Because of A. and B. the economy as a whole began to tumble. The stock markets, the hedge funds, the whole deal. This caused a panic in the hedge funds and the pension funds industry as they were unable to make money for their millionaire investors. So they turned to oil!. And the rest, as they say, is history.

D. More and more money flowed into the oil industry, sucking the US stock market dry. This had an adverse effect on the US and the world economy as a whole.

E. Oil has reached 140 dollars a barrel and has threatened to destroy (if not already destroyed) the fabric of our economy and in some ways, our way of life. Every thing that we depend upon for our day to day living is, in one way or the other, dependent on oil. THIS IS THE CAUSE OF THE INFLATIONARY FORCES THE FEDS ARE NOTICING. Not the usual, cyclical inflation the economy observes when there has been a period of modest growth, low unemployment, strong currency! The high price of oil has caused the price of food to go up (high cost of corn because of ethanol), high cost of transportation, of course, high cost of air travel, high cost of heating/energy etc.

So here is my advice:
- lower the interest rate so the economy gets going
- lobby congress to legislate tighter regulation of the futures market where speculators are making millions if not billions because of high oil prices.

Once the price of oil comes down, the charm of high return from the futures market will dissipate forcing the hedge funds, banks and investors to re-examine the US and world stock market. More money will flow in the stock market - with higher market cap, companies will be more confident to innovate, spend on R&D - the whole economy prospers.

* I doubt they have money left over after they filled up their tank!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

How oil can be back to where it was 12 months ago - PART II.

Part I of this post described the problem of why the price of crude oil is touching 140 dollars a barrel where only a year ago, the price was hovering around the 60 - 70 dollar mark. This post will discuss different ways we can be in the vicinity of the 75 dollar mark instead of the 150 dollar mark.

A) US Dollar makes a comeback - we have seen that happening already. The Federal Reserve has been working hard on making sure that the USD regains its lost value. It has been helped by the recent statements from the EU bank when it said that they are not going to raise interest rates in the coming future to deal with the rising inflation.

B) Congress acts on the opacity of the futures market and the illegal practices being carried out behind the black curtain. This will have the biggest impact of all. A signal from the US congress that it will close all loopholes and only let market forces dictate the price of commodities will cast the biggest shadow over the oil markets.

C) Drastic cut-down in the demand of oil - this is the most unlikely of options. Thousands of commercial airliners have to keep flying - Gas is still subsidized in India and China. The US is not designed for mass transit and foot traffic.

Once oil price per barrel starts to drop $3-$4 per day, more and more traders will try to sell to make any profit at all on oil.

These are good way to cut down the price of oil - thereby creating a lesser demand in the futures market - forcing traders to short their oil commodity holdings. Once that bear mentality sets in the traders, more and more will start selling in order to make any profit. This will result in a big domino effect whereby every index fund manager and hedge fund manager will sell their commodities assets (remember the dot com crash of 2001-02?). The result of this crash in oil price will be seen on the pump withing 1 week. Another huge impact of this crash will be on the world stock market. Money will flow into the stock market instead of going to the commodities black hole.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

How oil can be back to where it was 12 months ago - PART I.

George W. Bush would have you believe that oil is where it is because India and China are using more of it (he did that for food!!) - as if they've just started using twice the number of cars in just the last 12 months! Their economy is growing pretty fast - but not that fast. There is only one reason why oil is at 140 dollars a barrel - people are buying oil on the mercantile exchange as you and me would buy the stock of yahoo on Nasdaq. They are betting that the price of oil would go up next week - and when it does, they make a huge profit.

Here is a simple FAQ on how speculation drives up the cost of crude oil (arguably the most important commodity that is traded in the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and its sister exchanges)

Q) So how does it all work?
A) Oil futures are traded in the 2 main exchanges - The New York Mercantile Ex (NYMEX) and the InterContinental Ex (ICE) in London.

The way these futures markets are supposed to work, is that both the producers (sellers of futures contracts) and end users (physical buyers of the commodity), have a market place to negotiate market prices in the future, to take some of the risk out of fluctuating daily market prices.
However, there is one more player in the game, the speculator. The speculators role is to keep the market liquid by betting on the price going either up or down of any given commodity on any given day or future day.
Speculators can make huge gains or losses in the futures market because the futures contracts are leveraged. Speculators control the value of the contract purchased with only a fraction of the money out of pocket.

Now that you have the basics, heres how the price get manipulated:
It's called cornering the market. Cornering the market has a long and checkered history. There are many techniques a group of speculators can use use if they buy up a majority of the open interest in the outstanding contracts in one commodity. By simply owning most of the contracts, the speculators refuse to sell until they can receive a much higher price
(source: oil speculation - how does it work?)
Have some time on your hand? Read 'The Economic Purpose of Futures Markets and How They Work'.

Q) Who are these 'Speculators'?
A) These are no ordinary Joes. They are huge investment banks that owns hedge funds and pension funds. Banks like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley etc. They are neither producing oil nor the end users - they just invest their big investment dollars in the hope that a (well predicted) change in price will result in huge profit.

Q) Why speculate on oil?
A) Since the US economy is slowing down (if not in recession already) resulting in a poor ROI in the stock market, the crash of the real estate market, the falling US dollar, the hedge funds and the pension funds are finding it hard to make money for their millionaire customers. That's where futures trading in crude oil comes in. They can, very safely - one can say, bet that the price of oil is on the up - for some time to come. Their reasoning is not entirely flawed. After all, the entire world runs on oil and the demand of oil is going up - while the supply is always under a huge question mark (stability in Iraq, confrontation with Iran, unstable Nigeria, new flexing of muscle of Russia, growing power of Venezuela etc etc etc), the demand is not going to go down any time soon (think China, India, F-150s, Toyota Sequoias, Tata Nanos). In short - its a low risk, high return investment.
I doubt there is any other commodity in the market that would give them a 100% profit in 12 months.

Q) Shouldn't the futures market reflect the fundamental law of supply and demand?
A) Of course they should. The futures markets were created to let users of commodities 'lock in' the price of the future today. For ex. airlines and home heating oil companies locking in the future price of oil today. The speculators, however, create a false sense of over-demand driving the price higher.

Q) How about regulation?
A) Good question. Shouldn't all this be regulated? After all - this is a good case of for regulation - right? Actually - there is a regulatory authority - it is known as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). They were created by the congress to make sure that the laws of supply and demand are met by the futures market. This is all well and good as long as the trading is done in the US. Th crude oil futures (that have an impact on the price in the US oil) are also traded in ICE as mentioned above. These trades are not regulated by the CFTC - thereby allowing manipulative practices and excessive speculation. BTW - it was the Bush administration that gave ICE the permission to trade US crude oil futures (Big Surprise!!) (source: this article from author F. William Engdahl)

Q) So who is making all this money?
A) 2 words for that - Hedge funds. Actually - no one really knows. The opacity of this whole deal is phenomenal. The information about who is buying the options at ICE and who is involved in this mess is protected by European laws.

Q) Isn't OPEC in control.
A) In one word - NO. It's out of their hands - and into the hands of hedge fund and pension fund manager sitting in an office on the Wall Street.

Q) What about the developing economies?
A) Oh - they are just a convenient, easy to understand people to blame - nothing more. As I wrote above - their economy is growing - but at a decent rate of 7-8% Not 70-80% per year as some would have you believe.

So here is the trillion dollar question? How does the price of oil come down?
That will be covered in Part II of this most important topic.

Friday, June 13, 2008


This is very sad indeed. His was the clearest and cleanest analysis on TV. Such an iconic figure - he was never afraid to ask the hardest, most relevant question to anyone sitting across from him. He will be missed on Sundays, and every day of the weeks, months and years for a long long time to come.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Drive slow = save environment+save gas+save money+save lives+less noise

Yes that's right. Also right is the fact that the average price of a gallon of petrol has officially touched the $4 mark (add 40c to California price) - so do your math and figure if reaching 5 minutes early is really worth it - especially now?

Just refer to this wonderful analysis below and you will achieve all that I have promise in the title of this post!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Quote of the day

“Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it”.
Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, June 09, 2008

'Creative' Recession Buster Sale

As the US economy is grappling with (the possibility of) a recession consumer electronics companies have devised novel ways of selling their merchandise.

C'mon guys - lets bust this recession one headphone, one mp3 player at a time!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Why did the chicken cross the road?

The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a CHANGE! The chicken wanted CHANGE!

My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure -- right from Day One! -- that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me.......

The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must
first deal with the problem on 'THIS' side of the road before it goes
after the problem on the 'OTHER SIDE' of the road. What we need to do is
help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his 'CURRENT'
problems before adding 'NEW' problems.

Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he
wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn
from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to
give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and
not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to
know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is
either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image
of the chicken crossing the road...

We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been
allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it!
It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's
intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

That chicken crossed the road because he's GUILTY! You can see it in his
eyes and the way he walks.

To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a
standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price
dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider

Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the
chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.

To die in the rain. Alone.

Because the chicken was gay! Can't you people see the plain truth?'
That's why they call it the 'other side.' Yes, my friends, that chicken
is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we
boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal
media white washes with seemingly harmless phrases like 'the other side.
That chicken should not be crossing the road. It's as plain and as
simple as that.

In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told
us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the
chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it
experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its
life long dream of crossing the road.

It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

I have just released eChicken2007, which will not only cross roads, but
will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your check
book. Internet Explorer is an integral part of the Chicken. This new
platform is much more stable and will never cra...#@&&^(C% .........

Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the

I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your definition of

I invented the chicken!

Did I miss one?

Where's my gun?

Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.

Have your own reason why did the poor chicken cross the road? Drop a note.

Monday, May 19, 2008

It aint over till it's over - well it's over.

“If we had same rules as the Republicans, I would be the nominee right now,” she said.

…and if grandma was male, she’d be grandpa.

if Obama had never been born, Hillary would be the nominee right now. It’s a fair point.

If I had been born to a lawyer rather than an Air Force enlisted man, I might have gone to an Ivy League school instead of a state university in my adulthood.

If I hadn’t gotten married and had a child so young, I might be a CEO somewhere…. or not.

Some very funny, insightful and entertaining comments here:

Friday, May 16, 2008

Email from Indian Railways Online Ticket booking service

The following is an email my brother received a few days back. I am thoroughly impressed with this level of service.
To: ********
Subject: Email From IRCTC
Date: Thu, 1 May 2008 04:27:13 +0530

Dear Customer,

Thank you for using IRCTC's online rail ticket booking services.
From 1st April?08 Railway has revised the passenger fares. As you have booked tickets prior to 1st-April?08 an amount of Rs.31.00 towards the difference of fare for the ticket booked vide PNR No 2346***863 has been issued to electronic payment gateway on 04/30/2008 08:09:28 PM. Same shall appear in your account within two to three working days. You are requested to please check with your credit card issuing banks regarding the same. We regret the delay if any, in crediting back the refunds.
We solicit your continued patronage to our services,
Warm Regards,

Absolutely fabulous. Next they should
1. Increase the overall safety of train travel by improving the technology they use to run them (signaling, hardware, communications etc)
2. Improve the level of security and general ambiance on the railway station (cleanliness, hygiene and better policing).
3. Have better communication ON the train - things like - 'The next station is blah blah' in a local language and English.
4. All trains should have automatic doors that are opened by a conductor or the driver when the train arrives at a station or leaves a station.

Little things that go a loooooong way in making train travel a lot more safer and palatable for all strata of the society.
Got more suggestions? Drop a comment. Maybe I will send Lalu a congratulatory note. :)

Thursday, May 08, 2008

My Reasons..

It seems that now everyone has a reason not to like Hillary - here are mine:
- Her convenient invention of the Bosnia Sniper fire.
- Her crazy gas tax idea - even she doesn't believe in it. It just sounds like a good gimmick to throw out to her illiterate base.
- Her portrayal that somehow she deserves this nomination and then the presidency. She comes across as though the country owes it to her. Well even if she becomes the President - I dislike her just for patronizing the general public. No one is born to get the biggest prize - you gotta go and get it. Oh - and Bush is different.
- Her fear mongering tactics - the 3 AM AD, the Osama AD. Its just plain wrong. She proved that she is no better than the republicans. Really - terribly poor taste.
- Her speeches. They are just plane and ordinary: "I had so fun with him and enjoyed doing that". Contrast that with Obama's fiery oratory after the NC/Indiana primary and you will know what I am talking about.

"I love this country too much to see it divided and distracted at this critical moment in history. I believe in our ability to perfect this nation because it's the only reason I'm standing here today. I know the promise of America because I've lived is the light of opportunity that led my father across an ocean, it's the founding ideals that the flag draped over my father's coffin stand for. It's life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In this country justice can be won against the greatest odds...and when we are told that we can not bring about the change that we seek, we answer in one voice: Yes we can!"
"The attempts to play on our fears and exploit our differences, to turn us against each other for political gain, to slice and dice this country into red states and blue states, blue collar and white collar, white, black, brown, young, old, rich, poor ... this is the race we expect, no matter whether it's myself or Senator Clinton who is the nominee. The question then is not what kind of campaign they will run; it's what kind of campaign we will run."
You gotta look at the whole thing to appreciate it more:

Friday, April 18, 2008

Know your Shi*

A stranger was seated next to a little girl on the airplane when the stranger turned to her and said,
'Let's talk. I've heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.'
The little girl, who had just opened her book, closed it slowly and said to the stranger, 'What would you like to talk about?'
'Oh, I don't know,' said the stranger. 'How about nuclear power?' and he smiles.
'OK, ' she said. 'That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff -grass - . Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that is?'
The stranger, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, 'Hmmm, I have no idea.'
To which the little girl replies, 'Do you really feel qualified to discuss nuclear power when you don't know shit?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Btw, you don't blog anymore. Why?

One simple question - a not so simple answer! So - instead of trying to answer you, my friend, I will do start blogging again.
So - tune in to at the usual time my friends. I have news to share, photos to show, politics to discuss - my usual banter.