In a recent comment Ashutoshg says: You might have heard about 7bn$ fraud at Societe Generale in France. As news says, The guy who is responsible didn't got rich because of the fraud. He just traded badly. Bank lost it and that guy didn't make it then, where did this money go? Who got rich? … Continue reading Can Money Simply Disappear?
Came across a month-old post by Seth Godin "Only two years left" (via Myke's Weblog) which is worth paying attention to. An excerpt below the fold: The thing is, we still live in a world that's filled with opportunity. In fact, we have more than an opportunity -- we have an obligation. An obligation to … Continue reading A World of Opportunities
Arvind Lavakare in an article titled The Myth of Mahatma Gandhi notes that the Gandhi icon had been losing its sheen for years until the present government began giving it a nice new varnish. Maybe it is an attempt to "to fuse the original Gandhi image with the Italian one" he hints. I am convinced … Continue reading The Resurrection of Gandhi
Pranab Bardhan, a professor of mine at UC Berkeley, whom we have met before here (see Crouching Tiger, Lumbering Elephant, and Pranab Bardhan on the Indian Economy, for instance) has an excellent article in the Boston Review titled "What Makes a Miracle: Some myths about the Rise of China and India." (Hat tip: Yuvaraj Galada.) … Continue reading Debunking Myths about China and India
The following is a review of Francois Gautier's Rewriting Indian History. (New Delhi: Vikas Publishing 1996). The reviewer is C J S Wallia who writes: From my own perspective as a secular humanist, I believe that any whitewashing of historical record is counterproductive. No matter how lofty the ideals of a current cause, any whitewash … Continue reading Rewriting Indian History: Book review by CJS Wallia
The following is a 1-minute video of a contestant in the Miss Teen USA 2007 contest. The video has been viewed around 22 million times on YouTube and accumulated over 65 thousand comments, and hundreds of video responses. Here's Miss South Carolina attempting to answer a question which explores why many Americans are ignorant of … Continue reading Sunday Silliness: West versus South Carolina
Some readers have been asking, "Atanu, when will you write more about SSRS?" As luck would have it, I got an email from someone who has actually met the man. He wrote me a very nice email saying that he has read all the SSRS posts patiently and then proceeded to inform me that he … Continue reading The 2008 Post on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar