On slums and slum resettlement

Dilip D’Souza has a very thought-provoking article in the Washington Post about Mumbai’s slum dwellers. He has also posted the article on his blog.  I found myself taking over his comments section, and even after writing a whole essay there, I still had not voiced all that I wanted to say.  Obviously, the only thing…

Showrooms, salesmen and strange phenomena

I have noticed some strange phenomena that happen with salesmen in showrooms.  Despite all my research, I have never been able to arrive at a satisfactory answer.  Perhaps it is the acoustics, or the lighting, or something else. If there are any physics grad students reading this, I’d appreciate your thoughts. Phenomenon 1:  Ventriloquism Consider…

7 Strategies for Surviving NFL Playoffs

It is NFL Playoffs time again. Every weekend, the TV schedule is filled with several football games, and if you are like me, you will find that your Spouse/ Significant Other (henceforth known as SO) has now turned into a fixed attachment on the couch. All attempts to speak to said person or invitations to…

It’s bad luck to be Beant

Presenting the inside scoop on events that happened last weekend, somewhere in space. *** It’s Sunday night, and C. Gupta is watching Saawariya in his basement home theater. The movie title had somehow made him think it was a murder mystery. C. Gupta loved murder mysteries. He has been watching for an hour now but…

Mano a Nano

Mano a Nano: Coming face to face with a Nano* Pic from Tata Motors website The Tata Nano is finally a reality. We have all seen it and read about it. We have heard opinions on it from everyone and their milkman. But what is it really – manna from Heaven for the middle class,…

Different standards

Gloria Steinem had a beautiful op-ed in the NYT  yesterday and I could not agree with her more. She talks about the polarization of gender roles, how we treat women fundamentally different from men and how we hold Hillary Clinton to different standards from Barack Obama. Unlike Gloria Steinem, I am not writing this because…