It all began 300 years ago with the ringing command of “Koi hai?” — Is anyone there? This being how the ruling, colonial elite announced their arrival at home, in the office or, indeed, anywhere, if there was no one to receive them. The immediate response was a servant at home, or a peon in […]Read More Government peons: nuts and bolts of a rusted steel framework
Paris in December is not quite what it is in springtime. But who cares if someone else is footing the bill! Paris is the venue of the next Conference of Parties (COP), from November 30 to December 11. An annual jamboree that has been trying, since 1992, to limit carbon emissions and save the planet […]Read More Climate “warriors” head for the December 2015 Paris joust
It is just as well that Finance Minister Jaitley was away in Turkey rapping with the G20 about “India’s strong fiscal fundamentals”, even as a small part of that fiscal stability was compromised, with nothing much gained, except possibly 20 million votes that the armed forces represent. Faujis (armed forces) deserve better but not this […]Read More Retired Generals win OROP: will the tail of pensions now wag the dog?
Onions comprise less than 1% by value of India’s agricultural production. The average Indian consumes less than 800 grams of the stuff per month. Onion is a seasonal fruit. Supply traditionally dips during July to September as only the stored winter crop, harvested around March, is available for consumption. No dearth of onions photo credit: […]Read More Some more onions please
photo credit: http://www.realhappiness.in The Ganga is pure liquid crystal, dazzling in its brilliance along a thirty kilometer stretch beyond Shivpuri in Uttrakhand, flanked on both banks by unblemished white sand beaches or towering, forested cliffs. This is the best known haven for white-water rafting in North India. Thanks to a bunch of intrepid environmental […]Read More Shivpuri: riverine tourism on the Ganga