Well, are Indians Asians? You're thinking what kind of idiot poses this silly question. You look at a map or globe and point out India smack in the middle of a humongous landmass marked Asia. Indians are Asians and that is all there is to it. Or is there more? You’re mileage may vary, Dear … Continue reading Are Indians Asians?
Worst Valentine’s Day gifts in India
Valentine's Day is almost upon us. I know there is a big fuss in India over whether anyone should be allowed to celebrate it because it is a foreign import. Me? I personally draw the line at World Toilet Day (even though it is for a good cause). As a public service, I've gone out … Continue reading Worst Valentine’s Day gifts in India
Five important questions technology can’t answer
An hour-long internet outage today made me feel ashamed of myself. I was ashamed because I felt helpless without the connection even for the short period of time. While a vast proportion of humanity lacks basic amenities such as clean drinking water, nutritious food, and proper shelter, I've made my life so complex that I … Continue reading Five important questions technology can’t answer
Bt brinjal bharta – a saga of lau and whylence.
I couldn't fail to be amused. India's Environment Minister Jayram Ramesh calls for the introduction of a genetically-modified insect-resistant crop plant dubbed the Bt brinjal and the nation goes crazy. First, I owe my global readers an explanation. What is known in Indian English as the brinjal is also known elsewhere as the eggplant and the … Continue reading Bt brinjal bharta – a saga of lau and whylence.
Quotas for the underprivileged in the Bollywood Hindi film industry
There was a rather peculiar question in the All-India Pre-medical and Pre-dental Entrance Examination a few years ago. The question in the biology section asked if children of doctors were genetically inclined to become doctors themselves. I am sure that there were some students who filled in the "b" or "c" circle with their No.2 pencils for all … Continue reading Quotas for the underprivileged in the Bollywood Hindi film industry
Monkeys can do math so let them solve the oily bamboo problem
A research article published this week in the prestigious scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences caught my attention. Two German scientists report that monkeys have the brain structure to learn and apply basic mathematical rules. Chartered accountants and theoretical physicists thought they were unique, but now this article shows that non-human monkeys … Continue reading Monkeys can do math so let them solve the oily bamboo problem