May 26, 2012

Cancer's A Funny Thing

I wish I had the voice of Homer
To sing of rectal carcinoma,
Which kills a lot more chaps, in fact,
Than were bumped off when Troy was sacked.

Yet, thanks to modern surgeon’s skills,
It can be killed before it kills
Upon a scientific basis
In nineteen out of twenty cases.

I noticed I was passing blood
(Only a few drops, not a flood).
So pausing on my homeward way
From Tallahassee to Bombay
I asked a doctor, now my friend,
To peer into my hinder end,
To prove or to disprove the rumour
That I had a malignant tumour.
They pumped in BaS04.

May 24, 2012

Currency Stories: India and China


I am skeptical about all the song and dance about the falling rupee.

Is India's economy on a fundamentally different trajectory than China's?

What is the direction that the experts are hoping India's economy should take?

What is going to be the path of India's development?

The weak rupee probably makes it costlier to go on those frequent trips to Davos -- at least for the private sector who have to pay for their trips themselves.

In all this tsunami of talk about the collapse of the rupee, we seem to have all forgotten about the China story which otherwise somewhere seems to be there almost as an alter ego.

May 22, 2012

Hardware and Software

Hardware is visible. Software is not. Probably that explains the appeal of hardware to the detriment of software. I mean look at the rough human counterpart of it.

We go for looks to get our first impression. I mean, in our society we look at the faces (and, well, elsewhere too) of folks ... passersby. We might talk to only those few that we know or have business with. And our visual sense is quite acute too.

And males prefer females with good-looking faces. Nice symmetric and soft features and whatever else it's that tells our brain that a face is beautiful. And then the definition of beauty varies from culture to culture ... at least to a certain extent.

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