Philosophy and religion are not one and the same. But, of what use is philosophy if it doesn’t touch religion? and of what use is religion if it has nothing to do with philosophy? Well, that is at least how my thinking works. My favorite philosopher of the modern age is Bertrand Russell. I don’t… Continue reading Philosophy & Religion
One of the dilemma’s that South Indians have in their lives (talking about the 30+ middle-aged guys) is that one day they end up having a debate about who is the best music director in the country (basically means music for movies). In that conundrum rise two names, legends in their own right, accomplishments of… Continue reading Ilaiyaraaja vs. A.R. Rahman
Growing up in the South during the 80s, particularly in Tamil Nadu meant that there was only one name on everyone’s lips when it came to music, Ilaiyaraaja. Doling out one hit song after the other for movies in all the Southern languages, he was way beyond a cult favorite. Folks used to whistle and… Continue reading Ilaiyaraaja – musical genius
Among several regulatory bodies, if one has to pick the two biggest promoters or inhibitors of capitalist expansion in the US, it is the FDA and SEC. The SEC in recent times has again gained prominence in the media due to the Wall Street disaster and the sudden love people have found for more monitoring… Continue reading FDA – Can this Regulator Resist Capitalism’s Behemoths
In the recent four weeks, I went through an interesting change in life. After having spent six years in the US doing my MBA and working for the World’s largest corporation, I decided to move back to India and accomplished that in a matter of a few weeks. The transition from life in one country… Continue reading Exit from US, Re-entry to India
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get… Continue reading 2012 in review
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Arundhati Roy is one of India’s most recognized writer and a social activist who has taken up several people causes in defiance of large corporate interests and governments. She has been highly critical of the US government policies, the actions of Israel and the decisions of the Indian government over the past several years. Like… Continue reading Arundhati Roy’s Speech for Kashmir’s Independence: Secession or Confusion!?
Recently, India entered into a revised double taxation avoidance agreement with Switzerland. A debate ensued in the Lok Sabha with leaders such as L.K. Advani asking for clarification on what benefits the agreement will truly provide to India. The terms of the agreement are confusing indeed and there is no clear sense of the benefits… Continue reading Recent Developments In Taxation Law Agreements Between India And Switzerland
Recently, the Swiss Bank firm UBS was directed by the US Justice department to give access to some of its customers who “used” the Swiss Bank secrecy laws in hiding billions of assets, thereby evading taxes. This was followed by another lawsuit filed by the US in Miami asking for bank information on 52000 US… Continue reading The Ethics of Swiss Bank Secrecy Laws