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Summary posts of the last week

March 2, 2008

India Budget 2008-2009some salient points of the budget…

This is what Warli folk paintings look like I wonder if you have heard of a painting style called Warli. These are folk paintings of the Warli tribe, a tribe from north west of Mumbai… Warli is the vivid expression of daily and social events of the Warli tribe of Maharashtra…they usually depict scenes of human figures engaged in activities like hunting, dancing, sowing and harvesting…these paintings use a circle, a triangle and a square…the circle represents the sun and the moon, the triangle…

A glimmer of hope for domestic workers...If you live in Bangalore you will have to pay your domestic worker Rs 450/- a month (11.3 USD) for an hour’s work a day (Rs 15/- per hour or .37 USD) – this is the new law in Karnataka…but will laying down of a decent wage for domestic workers work in practice?…well, the problem is…

A shining railway Budget 2008 – but at what cost? As I watched the railway budget being presented by the Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav today, I tried to control my cynicism. I mean, it is great that the minister has turned around the railways from a loss-making monolith to a profit making one. Corporate sector must be burning with jealousy…Profits may have climbed from year to year alongwith passenger traffic, but how has it helped consumers?…Laloo did the job in a way that a corporate honcho would envy, and in a way a corporate honcho might not have been able to get away with…

A trip to the Taj Mahal – a slide show This slideshow shows you the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. The photographs of the Taj are taken from various distances and from different angles…

Opinion from Pakistan I have been musing on is what the average Pakistani thinks of India. It seems to me that even though India is a shining example of a working democracy Pakistanis don’t think very highly of our country. Here are some letters which give us an idea as to what some Pakistanis think of India…

Jodhaa Akbar – Movie Review Jodha Akbar is a 16th century love story of a Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great and a Rajput (Hindu) princess Jodhaa. It is about a great Emperor who is tolerant towards a religion and culture which is not just alien to him, but is also the religion of the land he rules. Ofcourse, how much of this is actually true is anybody’s guess. Apparently, the director of the movie, Ashutosh Gowarikar (the same director who made the Oscar nominated Lagaan) has admitted that 70 percent of the movie is fiction…

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