Wednesday, November 27, 2002


After living some years out of the country, I can more easily see how much one encounters religion in India. I really don't see what is all the fuss the Sangh parivar is making. Hinduism is alive and well. You visit hotels, company guest houses, hospitals, auto rickshaws - there are chubby Ganeshas smiling at you. (Ganesha seems to be the favorite of everybody, the designer versions rampant in all sorts of materials from Gold to Chalk is worth another blog). Inside the office too, on the desks, walls, there is invariably a religious picture along with Aishwarya Rai screen savers.

Is it possible that there are other colorful countries like India?

Tuesday, November 19, 2002


Hear ye NRI software enginners, you may be living in some rich country, but most of you are definitely not living rich like your Indian counterpart.

Friday, November 15, 2002

Back in Indes

Its ages since I have blogged. I am back in India, not on vacation this time but to
live, and as I go about making arrangements - housing, transportation etc., I wonder if I should write a cultural reorientation piece for the returning NRIs - Hit 0 in the lift when you want to go to the ground floor, try and find the method behind the madness called traffic if you have any aspirations to drive, remember the days when you caught a bus - thats what those hundreds of people on the sidewalk facing the same direction are doing, nothing untoward has happened.

Another interesting aspect is people often start off with the economic condition and tell you how their relative so and so is still in the US, as though they could not, would not believe that someone out of their free will would come back.