Resilience: is it a virtue?

Mumbaikars are proud of their resilience... serial bomb blasts terrorize the city but they are up and about the following day, going about their business; annually, rains flood their beloved city, making commutes tedious and dangerous for the common man while the local municipality does little to fix the root cause of this problem... but … Continue reading Resilience: is it a virtue?

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Trick the eye… wait, this is no scam!

A few days back, I blogged about scams that have ruled the better (or, in this case, worst) part of 2008. But today, as this year draws to a close, I'm referring to trickery of a pleasurable kind... visually pleasing, this art technique involves creating extremely realistic images in two-dimension, but they give you an … Continue reading Trick the eye… wait, this is no scam!

“People sure stay busy trying to cheat us, don’t they?”

Time and again you may have heard people say, "An idle mind is a devil's work-shop!" Well, here's a little story to illustrate that. Someone cooked up a chain email which has been in circulation since 2004. When you read it today, especially due to the current economic downturn, it sounds plausible [and by that … Continue reading “People sure stay busy trying to cheat us, don’t they?”

Let us be optimistic…

Last night I received some news that was rather upsetting... it was at a personal level. But before going to bed I gave the issue some thought and decided that some things are beyond one's control. However, even in the midst of an adverse situation, if I remain optimistic, disallowing negative thoughts to plague my … Continue reading Let us be optimistic…

It pays to be shy… it sure does, if you’re a railroader!

Or asocial, or for that matter, even if you're downright anti-social. Take your pick, it's a matter open to  'interpretation' by the officials at the federal Railroad Retirement Board - - rail workers' version of Social Security, responsible to determine if a railroad employee applying for disability meets the eligibility criteria, before they can award … Continue reading It pays to be shy… it sure does, if you’re a railroader!

Yet another “forward” titled, “This is shocking”!

Here I am, sipping on my first coffee of the day, opening my mail-box and voila... the most recent email attempts to unnerve me for the rest of the day. But guess what, I'm not shocked, because I've received this not once, but several times from different sources. The visual of a boy with his … Continue reading Yet another “forward” titled, “This is shocking”!

How will it feel if India is grouped with the Middle-East!

To read the article in The New York Times, please visit: Trouble in the Middle-East By ROBERT D. KAPLAN, Published: December 8, 2008, Washington

They Hate Us — and India Is Us

In the New York Times, Patrick French, opines thus...

Michael Pollack’s tale of terror, horror and hospitality at The Taj Mahal Hotel

This morning, over a week after the news of gunshots and terror struck Mumbai, I read a first hand account from a word doc that appeared in my mail box: Michael Pollack and Anjali's story of their nightmare at the Taj. But through it all, they express their gratitude towards members of the hotel staff … Continue reading Michael Pollack’s tale of terror, horror and hospitality at The Taj Mahal Hotel

Terrorists tutored and trained by retired Pak Army officials in coordination with ISI!

Names of all the 9 terrorists have been revealed by Ajmal Amir Kasav, the terrorist in captivity. In the age-group 20-28, all 10 recruits received training at Lashkar camps, after their initial congregation in Karachi in September 2007. To incite the trainees and to provide 'motivation', their tutors - retired Pakistani Army officials - used … Continue reading Terrorists tutored and trained by retired Pak Army officials in coordination with ISI!