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Summary posts of the past ten days

April 5, 2008

This is a summary of the five posts I wrote last week and the three posts I wrote the previous week. The week before last was a short week post-wise as I was traveling.

I will now post on Monday. In fact I am away this week-end too, to meet up with friends in Pune. Hope you have a great week-end!

Are Indians feeling the shortage of doctors? India is short of 600000 doctors. But the figures given above are for allopathic doctors only. More Indians turn to Alternative Medicine than to allopathic…65 percent of the rural population in India is believed to use alternative medicine for their primary health care needs… Interestingly, alternative medicine is no more the bastion of the east. It is popular in the industrialised nations as well… and did you know that there are more fake doctors in India than genuine ones?

What political hoardings do to a city – a photo essay Advertisement billboards are bad enough by themselves, but the political hoardings are worse as they are put up anywhere and everywhere and one on top of another and in spaces not meant for hoardings. Most of them are put up for trivial and laughable reasons – to felicitate political leaders on their birthdays (!), congratulate them on some minor achievement, welcome them to the city and so on…The pictures I have published below are to showcase a city made ugly by the haphazard growth of these hoardings.

A visit to Mamallapuram – a photo essay
Mahabalipuram, which is now known as as Mamallapuram, is about an hour’s drive from Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and is a tourist town famed for its ancient sculptures and temples. The place has scores of temples and monuments…

Celebrities don’t always sell the products they endorse A high number of premium and not-so-premium products are being advocated by celebrities today…one would have thought that this is because it works for the marketers. Well, it may not be working… assuming that the Indian research I am about to quote has some element of truth in it… A western research study on “Product Differentiation, Celebrity endorsements and the Consumer’s Perception of Quality” blog, says that buyers do get influenced by celebrity endorsements…

What foreigners like about working in India A growing number of westerners want to work in India. Some years ago the only foreigners who found jobs in India were the “highly paid experts” from companies that had set up shop in India. But now middle-class foreigners are coming to India as well. But why should foreigners want to give up their comfortable life to want to come and work here?

A veggie worm could be lurking in your salad There’s something that’s been worrying me for some time – what I call veggie worms or rather, tape worms, the official name for it being T. Solium. It seems that whatever we do, we can still ingest the eggs of these worms. We grew up with the idea that the dreaded tape worm could be had only if you ate undercooked pork, but the tape worm is found on the surface of vegetables and even fruits…

Call it Puducherry or Pondicherry it’s still quite French – a photo essay If you enter the French quarter or what was once called the ‘White town’ of Puducherry you might as well have stepped into another world. The paved streets with French names, the colonial style architecture and the lack of crowds make you feel as if you aren’t in India. ..

More jobs than ever in India, but not for everyone! Our employment scenario continues to looks good despite a slight slowdown in the economy this year. A survey conducted by an Ma Foi, one of India’s largest HR consultancy firm has predicted that there will be a 3 percent increase in the number of jobs created as compared to last year and the total number of new jobs is estimated to be about 1 million… However, another recent survey, this time conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has shown that more than 30 percent of the Indian youth is illiterate and will be left out of this employment boom…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2008 3:20 pm

    Nita, hope you must have figured it out by now.

    Click on commenter’s name to edit a comment.
    :) Saw your comment in WP news entry.

  2. April 6, 2008 10:19 pm

    Yeah thanks Anshul. I did figure it out but it was very irritating initially. Overall I am still a little bugged with the cluttered look of the dashboard.

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