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Bombings in Bombay: Pictures Worth 1 Lakh Words

By: on 11 Jul 2006

Photograph via the New York Times--you can see more here or at flickr.

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Political dissection is always relevant, but for now, I want to be a little sad. Let us all be well.

NYC Public Transportation in the News...

By: on 11 Jul 2006

Hmm... 

NEW YORK — The rat race could get a little faster Tuesday as commuters launch a pilot test of "smart cards" meant to grant instant entry to city subways.

Throughout the six-month experiment, commuters at some stations will be able to pay for their ride by simply tapping specially designed credit cards, debit cards and key-chain tags against new turnstile readers.

Under the current system, riders must sometimes wait in line to buy magnetized fare cards called MetroCards, which are then swiped at the turnstiles.

The new readers have been installed at all Manhattan s

Forza Italia!!!: 5 goals to 3, a few missed opportunities, one tweaked nipple and one retaliatory head-butt.

By: on 10 Jul 2006

The Cup of Life   

Now, anyone who's been reading my sporadic comments on PTR lately would know that I always said Italy would win, uh huh?...Er. Right. Well anyway, what a game!!! Even people who just watch soccer because it's World Cup time and the players are much hotter than rugby players (so not me) would have to bow down to the final match itself.

That red-carded head-butt from an amazingly talented player?...the missed penalty goal that almost was?...The tears, the tension, the triumph...Now I really know why it's called the beautiful game.

Go Italy!!! I'm proud to say that *some of my best friends* are Italian so I will temporarily defect from the sadly underrepresented Asian side to cheer along with 'em! :-)

Meanwhile I'm holding my own competition for Most Corrupt World Cup Sponsor, along with awards for Cheesiest, Most Cynical Ad from said Sponsors.

At the mo' the frontrunner for the advertising section is good old Hyundai who managed to link the beautiful biology of human eyesight and a small innocent blonde-haired child to making 'cars for the next generation'. Closely tied to them is Emirates for their Benneton-like connection of an Average Joe white bloke with a group of smiling (they're always such happy people, aren't they) African kids through the 'universal language of football.'

As some important business paper has already thoughtfully pointed out, the real winners of this year's World Cup are the sponsors. So now that all the hoopla's over and life is getting back to normal for those of us who aren't in Rome, I thought we could look at the requisite seedy underside that exists within all gloriously commercialised concepts.

And Google Makes Waves in Yet Another Slice of the Universe...

By: on 9 Jul 2006

The term 'google' has been added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary as a verb, finally giving official status to the popular term 'googling'.

The online version of the dictionary defines the term as: 'To use the Google search engine to obtain information about [a person or thing] on the world wide web.'

'Googling' was added this week alongside a number of other popular, and not so popular, technical terms such as 'spyware', 'ringtone' and 'mo

Employers Get Investigated; Workers Get Deported

By: on 9 Jul 2006

Recently, I was interviewed about immigration on the Al Franken Show. During the course of the conversation, the Franken In Chief tried to get me to state my opinion on the practice of punishing employers who hire undocumented workers. Franken, being an intelligent, pro-American, progressive believes that walls at the border are wholly ineffective, but argued that punishing employers severely was the solution to reducing "illegal immigration."

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By: on 7 Jul 2006

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By: on 7 Jul 2006

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Gay son of Maharaja disowned

By: on 7 Jul 2006

Manvendra Singh Gohil, the only son of the Maharaja of Rajpipla, found that he had been disinherited when he read it in Indian newspapers, where his parents had taken out advertisements to make the announcement.

"Manvendra is not in the control of his mother and involved in activities unacceptable to society," says one of the adverts, written by his mother. "Hence he ceases to have any rights as a son over the family property ...

India Shattering

By: on 6 Jul 2006

I frequently relate the story of the last time I was in Kolkata--in 2004--after a pause of 5 years. I saw some interesting developments:

One of my cousins tells me that even the potato vendors on the streets of Howrah have cell phones.

We're hungry for more roti!

By: on 6 Jul 2006

Dear friends,

Growing PainsIf you've read the "The Roti" section to the right, you'll know that we started out with the goal of being as representative as possible of South Asia and South Asian diasporic locations.

In an effort to be as inclusive and representative of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora as possible, we'd like to accept contributions from our readers worldwide.

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