By Raman on February 12, 2009
Everytime I watch the infomercial about the Snuggie, a “blanket with sleeves”, it reminds me of the pheran, which was the basic garment and an essential part of my life growing up in Kashmir (North India). Nobody in Kashmir can live without a pheran, and it must have existed there for centuries, if not millenia. And here in the US, I see several companies claiming the blanket with sleeves was their idea.
By Raman on January 29, 2009
How many times have you received the following email:
If you are ever forced by a thief or someone to take money out of an ATM machine , enter your PIN number reversed. So if your number is 1254, enter 4521.
The ATM machine will give you your money, but will automatically recognize this as a plea for help and will alert the police, unknown to the thief.
This option is in all ATM machines , but not many people know this.
By Raman on October 9, 2007
Nextjob.us, that I was directed to recently, is an excellent new job portal. I would recommend it to job seekers and employers alike, for the following reasons. Ideal for small recruiting companies Small consulting companies are not in a position to subscribe to some of the large job portals because of the heavy fees involved […]
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By Raman on April 16, 2007
Google has added some masala to Adsense support for their Indian publishers, or so they say. They have a team based in Hyderabad, and are “looking to improve the AdSense experience for Indian publishers”. From the picture on this post on Google Adsense blog, all but one of the seven team members look Indian.
By Raman on February 11, 2007
To give someone an idea of the number of languages used in India, I tell them that on every currency note, the denomination is written in at least 15 languages besides English and Hindi. If someone shows interest beyond that, I have a 20-rupee note available to show them. This is another matter that having […]
By Raman on January 16, 2007
NDTV reports that Burqini, a combination of Burka and Bikini is becoming the new craze among Muslim women in Australia. Reportedly, this swimsuit designed specially for Muslim women wanting to swim in public swimming pools or beaches, has enabled them even to work as lifeguards. Watch out Baywatch! BBC has a video report on the […]
By Raman on December 22, 2006
In March 2003, I went to India and included in my trip a brief visit to Kashmir – to the Kashmir of my birth and of my childhood and of my education. This was my first trip there with my family, 13 years after our home in the valley became inaccessible for us. When we […]
By Raman on October 26, 2006
Surfing on the net brings you new surprises everyday. Guess what? It turns out I am only 80% capitalist, and 20% socialist. I used to consider myself a full-fledged capitalist pig. You Are 80% Capitalist, 20% Socialist In general, you support a free economy and business interests. You tend to think people should fend for […]
By Raman on October 3, 2006
After getting used to driving in the US for a few years, it is a challenge to drive in India. Reasons are many – one has to unlearn the traffic rules learned here, get used to the stick shift, and figure out driving on the left all over again. In spite of the difficulties, I always […]
By Raman on May 19, 2006
A brand new chain-mail has started doing the rounds. It goes like this: Petrol in Pakistan Rs17 per litr Malaysia Rs 18 per litr In Indiait’s 48 per litr Why this difference in Asia itself ? World Market CRUDE Oil is not the reason for this. It’s all Gain for private owners? As we are […]