31 May 2015

Sunday Reads

  • Distraction is a kind of obesity of the mind. (Guardian)
  • The darker side of Buddhism. (BBC)
  • Modi Government's first year, by Swapan Dasgupta. (ET)
  • Why is Pakistan such a mess? Blame India. (FP)

30 May 2015

Infographic: All about the FIFA Scandal

The infographic below comes in the light of the burning issue of the FIFA corruption scandal; from Reuters blog.

Click on the graphic for a larger view.

24 May 2015

Sunday Reads

  • The U.S. has space experts worried about an extra-terrestrial land grab. (Quartz)
  • Stop mollycoddling separatists. (New IE)

17 May 2015

Sunday Reads & Infographic: The Modi Model + India's Indifference

  • How many of us are poor? All about poverty lines. (Swarajyamag)
  • Why India is indifferent to Great Britain. (Diplomat)
  • A long story for your Sunday: The Untold Story of Silk Road Part I (Wired)

Infographic from ET.

16 May 2015

Infographic: Fight for India's $50 billion e-commerce market

The e-commerce market, including both B2B and B2C, is exploding in India. Global majors, like Amazon, are vying with Indian e-companies, like Flipkart, for larger share in the humongous over U.S.$50 billion market. 

From a technology backwater country to a leading e-commerce nation, India has come a long way.

Saturday Infographic being renamed 'Infographic'; I plan to share more infographics through the week.

The below interesting infographic, from ET, lends an interesting perspective on the e-commerce market in India.

14 May 2015

Fourth Anniversary & A Homecoming

Four years ago I started this blog to pen thoughts on politics and economics. My last post in this space was on March 29 this year; due to ill-health, I could not write.

Starting today, I hope to share, with you, my perspective on global economics and politics.

Today I will share a poem titled 'Farewell', which was also the first post on this blog.

'Farewell' appears in Agha Shahid Ali's The Country Without a Post Office. The poem reflects the author's angst over Kashmir's desolation - once a paradise, now a Hades.

I am being rowed through Paradise in a river of Hell:
Exquisite ghost, it is night.

The paddle is a heart; it breaks the porcelain waves.
It is still night. The paddle is a lotus.
I am rowed - as it withers - toward the breeze which is soft as
if it had pity on me.

If only somehow you could have been mine, what wouldn't
have happened in the world?

I'm everything you lost. You won't forgive me.
My memory keeps getting in the way of your history.
There is nothing to forgive. You can't forgive me.
I hid my pain even from myself; I revealed my pain only to myself.

There is everything to forgive. You can't forgive me.

If only somehow you could have been mine,
what would not have been possible in the world?