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Summary post of the past six days

August 30, 2008

These are the five posts I wrote in the past 6 days:- 2 movie reviews, one post on health and ethics, one on the media, and one on politics.

Bandhs are an Indian disease The term bandh is being used interchangeably with a hartal or strike. A workers’ strike or any protest should be limited to the organisation or body against whom protestors have a grievance, but a bandh affects all citizens and can last even up to two days at a time. It paralysis normal life…The bandh culture is a peculiar hodgepodge of democracy and communism…However, people in power are speaking out. It was refreshing to hear…

Are foreign pharmaceutical giants making Indians guinea pigs in clinical trials? 49 babies out of 4,142 dead in clinical trials conducted by a foreign pharmaceutical company in India…this implies two things. One that the babies died due to the drugs tested and two, that foreign pharmaceutical companies are exploiting our poverty and illiteracy. So how much truth is there in these implications?…A recent survey of clinical trial participants in the US has shown that “the informed consent process is not up to scratch.” Here are the findings….If this is the case in America, what can we expect in India where this industry is in its nascent stage?

What India was worrying about yesterday India is a worried nation today and a look at the newspapers across the country will give us an idea as to how the Kashmir Issue has dominated headlines…however it is interesting to note that Kashmir has taken second place in almost all newspapers, except the Kashmir Times. This is what this post is about…to see how much weightage the media (English) in different parts of the country gives to different issues. At the end of the post I have mentioned an American newspaper, the New York Times…

Mumbai Meri Jaan – Movie Review (no spoilers) This movie is more about Mumbai than the train blasts of July 2006. The bomb blasts may be the central event, but it is how ordinary people react to the blasts and their life before and after the blasts that is shown in the film. That is what prevents the film from being a docu-drama like Black Friday. The movie is about the lives of six people and these stories run parallel to each other… The film is entertaining because it takes you into the lives of the characters and we want to know what happens to them…However, there are things about the movie that some may not like. It’s very lengthy (almost three hours) and slow in places…

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Movie Review (no spoilers) I wonder if the director, Bharat Nalluri, being of Indian origin has something to do with the fact that he manages to portray the prudery of the main character so well? That is what the movie is about, a middle-aged out of work governess (Guinevere Pettigrew played brilliantly by Frances McDormand), a prim and proper vicar’s daughter… Adapted from a novel, the movie is short and sweet – only one and a half hours long…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2008 8:07 pm

    I was just curious to see if there were any comments on these “summary posts” section of yours. One had 4, another had comments disabled and two more had no comments.

    But this one will have atleast one comment. Now, I have put in the first comment in one of your posts. Wanted to do this for a long time. Am not able to do this in your regular posts.

    Before you say, it is not lack of competition (other readers not wanting to comment in this section) but my unique brilliance to be able to identify the comments section of this “summary” posts 🙂 Ha Ha! How many people would have visited this section? Has any interesting comment been noticed in this section earlier Nita?

    Destination Infinity

  2. August 31, 2008 8:09 am

    Hi DI! Neat analysis! 🙂 And I know what you mean by wanting to be the first to comment. I tend to feel like this too on other blogs. One sort of feel that one’s comment could get lost otherwise!
    And yeah, no one comments on these posts because I guess if they have something to say they will go to the individual posts. By the way earlier on, when I started blogging in the first six months or so I used to get hardly any comments and there are still posts on this blog without a single comment! Good posts mind you! And many posts have just 2-3 comments, again decent posts. So the lesson I have learnt is…the number of comments doesn’t really mean that the post is better or worse than the other, but it does mean that more people read it. Earlier not many people used to read this blog. I mean if 10 people read a particular post, there are hardly any chances of a comment! And as for this post, I doubt whether many people read it…

    p.s also at times people have nothing to say I guess, so they don’t comment! posts with controversial opinions tend to get the most comments.

  3. August 31, 2008 1:46 pm

    I don’t know about others, but generally I look out for this “Summary” posts of yours and then go to the individual posts based on the topic and subject. More so, because i am able to read blogs mostly on weekends…..

    Destination Infinity

    well, glad to know that its useful! otherwise at times I wonder why I am doing it. – nita.

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