Saturday, July 28, 2007

Low-cost care in India: a solution for the problems of future?

Low-cost services, be it in IT or in the medical field, have been a a specialty of India. The newest addition to these services, low-cost care for old people from the developed countries, is a sign of changing global demographics.

31.8% Indians are under the age of 15. It is expected that, in 2020, the average age of an Indian will be 29 years. That means, India will have a huge working population for the coming decades. But at the same time, the average age of people in the developed countries are going higher and higher. For example, by 2050 the average age of a German will be 50 years.

Most of the developed nations will have high numbers of old people, who are not able to work. As resources to work for them (young people) will be scarce, the already high costs of medical care will be unaffordable for these old people.

In such a situation, India will have a very big part to play. It will be difficult for India to provide jobs for the biggest working age population. So the young people in India, who will hopefully be willing to take care of old people from the other parts of the world, will be a solution for Europe's and America's age problem.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Boat passing through a water gate in Germany

There are many small dams across the rivers of Germany. Because the level of water is higher on one side, boats have to go through a water gate, which brings the boat to the level of the water on the other side. It's a very interesting experience to pass through such a water gate.

Boat is approaching the gate.
boat approaching gate

The gate is closed and the water-level in the gate is sinking.

Kids are watching curiously.
Kids watching the boat at the dam

People on the dam are also watching.

Now the boat is at the same level as the water on the other side. The gate is opening.
Boat at the dam

The gate opens further.

Now the boat is out of the gate.

And this is the dam, on the river Saar.

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Crazy VW Commercial

A very interesting commercial for Volkswagen Polo. The idea is really brilliant, may be a bit too sensitive to use in a commercial.

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Kajra re in Japan- very funny

Here is a very interesting video of the super hit Bollywood song 'Kajra re' performed by Japanese people. According to the video description, it was performed at the Indian embassy in Japan. It's kinda funny (especially the guy), but they danced really well.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Gandhigiri pays off

Most of the people do not regard non-violent protests as powerful enough. Most of the people do not expect software engineers to go public and protest against the government either. But this story by Businessweek shows that, even software engineers could organize protests and use non-violent methods successfully.

An interesting point in the story is the sending of flowers to the director of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. It was like a scene in the blockbuster Bollywood movie Lage Raho Munnabhai. Since the release of ‘Munnabhai’, it has been inspiring many people to use peaceful methods, proposed and implemented by Mahatma Gandhi, for protests.

Gandhi and his views had also influenced Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and many other prominent champions of peace and equality. The protests by the highly skilled immigrants is another example of the power of Gandhian methods.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Funny malayalam videos

A few funny animated malayalam videos. Enjoy!!

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Sachin Tendulkar's Master Blaster: The new Superhero

The newest addition to India's superheroes is a super star in real life. Sachin Tendulkar is one of the best batsmen ever. His excellent batting skills have helped India many times. But in many crucial matches he failed to deliver. Hopefully, in the new comic by Virgin Comics, 'Sachin Tendulkar's Master Blaster', he will never fail.

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Nelly Furtado singing a Bollywood song

Nelly Furtado is one of my favourite singers. So I was really surprised and delighted when I saw her singing the evergreen Bollywood song Kabhie Kabhie mere dil mein... in YouTube.

Nelly kee... jay!!!

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

American student playing Sitar

Recently, I found this video on youtube. It was really fascinating to see this young American student playing sitar. He plays very well, I think. I wish him all the best!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Congrats Pakistan, for making Britain a paradise for terrorists

Well, Pakistan has no direct connections with the recent failed terrorist attacks in the UK. But this is the first time Indian Muslims are connected with such an attack. The interesting point in this story is, the radicalisation of these highly educated men happened in England, through the contact with terrorists from Pakistan and other countries.

Pakistan has always been the best place for terrorists to be. They got training and cover. They got financial and political help from the Pakistani government. But they never succeeded in radicalising Indian Muslims.

These terrorist activities got exported to Britain, which has a big south Asian community. At last they won in their attempts to convert Indian Muslims to terrorists.

Congrats Pakistan!!!

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Peace and Music

Experience the wonderful power of music to bring peace and joy to it's listeners! Enjoy the tranquilizing effect of Indian classical music from Anoushka Shankar, daughter of one of it's maestros! Peace!

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Friday, July 06, 2007

In India, bands and elephants at work

This story by ITworld.com is very interesting. Indian software companies are trying to find innovative ways to keep their employees interested in their work. They start it from day one. The way a firm called Aditi welcomed it's new employees was a very interesting one. They welcomed the new employees with crowns, garlands, traditional keralan orchestra, and an elephant.

You can't even dream of such a thing happening in Germany. You may get a handshake. That's how they welcome you.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Indian 'teen surgeon' surrenders

Hopefully he will not be influenced badly by these difficult experiences. It will be great if he becomes a good surgeon in the future.

Link to the story reported by the BBC: Indian 'teen surgeon' surrenders

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Cars? Not for Indians!!

Indians have bullock-carts, why should they use cars? We westerners don't have any bullock-carts, that's why we use cars. By the way, it's part of their karma, that Indians use bullock-carts for travel. And it helps in reducing CO2 emissions.

Well, that's the enlightening message, the author of this story tries to convey. A must-read for every Indian.

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Power of make-up

Rajanikant, the highest paid actor in India.

Rajni without makeup

rajnikant with makeup

Source : Spam mail

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