June 17, 2014


Manali: A Popular Tourist Destination

Very few tourist destinations in India allow you to relax, shop, dine, hike and explore at the same time. Manali is one of them. In the midst of snow-clad mountains, cedar forests, and chilling waters of the Beas River, the beautiful little town of Manali is buzzing with activity throughout the year and is a […]

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June 17, 2014


Engineering Students Celebrate Washington Accord

There is some great news for current and prospective engineering students across the country. After several failed attempts, India is now part of the Washington Accord. As the 17th member of the prestigious organization, Indian engineering degree programmes will be recognized by all the member countries including United States, Japan and Australia. India was granted […]

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September 16, 2014


Benevolent sexism and women, what women want in bed, in business, in relationships

It’s a phenomenon that you just can’t place your finger on. You’ve seen it on TV, heard it on the radio, seen people commit it, maybe even partook in a little bit yourself.

It’s there as the officers of the sinking Titanic call out a phrase echoed again and again over time: “women and children first!” The male anchor on the television interrupts the female one, but then backtracks; “sorry madam”. And of course the time old opening of the door: “After you, ma’am”.

As a little boy, my mother used to instruct me to “always go to the ladies when you get lost. They’ll help you find where you are.

It’s benevolent sexism.
Sexism exists in both genders, but society tends to see benevolent as that pertaining to the stereotypes of genders. Men are tough, women are kind, and the like. There’s the benign kind that sticks out like a sore thumb, but coming more and more into play is in the relationships we see everyday.

From Forbes, a writer says, “A few years ago, I was in a Monday morning status meeting when a company executive expressed that we should reassign one of my female colleagues from phone-based customer service role to a direct sales position because she was so pretty and attractive, and clients would really respond to her.” The problem, he continues, is that it seems like a compliment, but in actually, the executive does not show respect by refusing to acknowledge the traits that may actually qualify her for the job.

Out with your girlfriend, both you and she follow time old traditions as you initiate the relationship, give her the first kiss, ask her to the garden, the club, the dance. More and more of society is calling out the tradition as traditional, and more and more we see a changing of the times as the “Girls ask the boys” to the winter formal.

And when you couple laugh and head your way back home with locked lips all the way, what women want in bed becomes a whole new issue for you. Especially for a first time, your gut will roll. Of the whole complex that is benevolent sexism, part of it involves what you do next. Inside of yourself, you may be feeling timid, you may be feeling tendrils of nervousness, and a very, very strong impulse to recoil back at the slightest complaint. You may think you have to treat her gently, and handle her with care. Because she’s delicate, like a flower.

Well, that’s often wrong.

Often times, she wants something else. She wants you to bring the fight to her.

Yet again, often she doesn’t. What women want in life, what women want in bed, what they want in business and what they want with you changes with every single person. What for a very long time has been interpreted as gentlemanly conduct is increasingly no longer viewed in the same.

The reality we face is that more and more women are coming to demand a vision of themselves that is no longer skewed in any shape or form, hostile or benevolent.

So don’t be ashamed when the next lady holds the door open for you, young man.

August 22, 2014


I’ve Been Surprized To Find Hunting in India

You’d imagine with the enormous population in India that wild game was very scarce and that hunting was something that wasn’t pursued in India. After all who can imagine the Indians hunting game? You’d imagine that the country was so crowded there would be nowhere for game animals to live.

However it does seem that the sport of hunting is alive and well in India. Although it is much less common than it was because most game animals are now protected in India.

However there are many game animals there, including Rhinoceros, Asian elephants, lions, tigers, bears including black bears and brown bears as well as a number of other animals which we would normally consider as game animals. And of course hunting was extremely popular in the past and in particular during the days of the Raj.

(For those not familiar with the Raj, this was the period of time during which the British ruled the Indian subcontinent. This commenced in the year 1858 and carried through for almost 90 years, ending in 1947.)

In fact it’s said that some of the largest leopards ever shot were shot in India. And of course the Indian elephant was considered to be fair game for a long time.

And many of the game animals in India were hunted from many years.

Now, however, all animals except the Blue Bull, which is a large antelope type animal, and wild boar are protected by law. Although now it is also possible, only with a permit, to hunt rogue elephants and man eating tigers.

I have recently been fortunate to go on a hunting trip with an Indian friend who has been a sports shooter for many years. He is restricted to hunting wild boar but loves to hunt these animals. They obviously also provide food for many of the people in his village.

We had a wonderful day hunting and I was extremely surprised to see his skill, after shooting a ball, at whipping out his hunting knife, sharpening it deftly and butchering the boar within fifteen or twenty minutes ready to be eaten by the residents of the village.

Of course good quality protein is in short supply in India and anyone who can supply large quantities of meat to a small Indian village is a huge friend to the village. This man is able to supply regular quantities of wild boar to the village and this is one of the major reasons why the people in this village, including the children, are in better health than many others in the surrounding areas.

It’s probably fair to say that as the number of people increase in India and as the number of wild animals decreases hunting will gradually disappear. However today I was fortunate to see game hunting alive and well in India.

Of course as a keen hunter when I am back home in the US this came as a huge shock to me, but it was so much fun to get back out and get involved in the days hunting again that I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

July 3, 2014


You Can Work From Home In India, There’s Opportunities Everywhere

Are you looking for a great opportunity for work in India? There’s plenty of opportunities available in India right now. The reality of the Internet is offering an ever increasing range of work opportunities for Indians. You can work from home, in India, and yet you can undertake work for anyone anywhere in the world.

The Internet has been a huge plus for Indians. There’s a whole range of reasons why so many Indians are now earning considerable amounts of money, often, working from home on the Internet.

Many Indians have extremely good qualifications in IT. Indian universities train thousands of graduates every year in all sorts of computer technology and computer skills, and any Indian graduate with IT qualifications and an Internet connection can work from home offering his or her IT skills to anyone in the world.

And this is exactly what happens. There are thousands of Indians undertaking work on behalf of Western companies despite the fact that they may live in India and the company may well be resident in the US, UK or Australia.

It doesn’t take a lot of resources to work from home. Obviously you need a good Internet connection, this is crucial. However apart from a good Internet connection you will need an adequate computer and not a whole lot else.

There’s other reasons why Indians can be very successful working from home. Many Indians speak English just as well as English speakers from the UK, US, Canada or Australia. And many Indians have considerable writing skills.

However the cost of living in India is dramatically cheaper than in countries like the US, UK or Canada and so Indian writers are able to compete very effectively online for freelance writing work and are able to work profitably at rates that would be unprofitable for people who were working and living in the US, UK or Canada.

That gives Indians a huge advantage and allows many of us to work from home undertaking work such as freelance writing (find out more at

The Internet is an extraordinary invention. It connects every single person who is online with every other single person who is online. You can work from the top of about or the bottom of a valley. You can work at sea, in a plane or on a beach. You can work anywhere in the world provided you can get an Internet connection, and if you have a satellite connection that’s just about anywhere.

More and more Indians are working from home online every year and I expect this trend to continue to increase. We are extremely well placed to compete on an international stage with anyone else in the world because of our high levels of education and English, and our relatively low standard of living.

So if you’ve been looking for a great opportunity in India why not consider working from home online. The numbers of opportunities are increasing fast and it’s a great way to earn a living.

The opportunity is unfolding fast right now, so grab it with both hands and make it yours.

June 17, 2014


Malaria Has Become a Household Name

malariaMonsoon brings in cooler temperatures and much-needed rains across the country. It also increases the risk of malaria and other vector-borne illnesses. In fact, malaria and dengue have become household names in New Delhi and other part of the country such as Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and West Bengal. People rush to pathology labs every time they get mild fever and chills. The use of mosquito repellents and vector nets has also grown exponentially.

Apart from designated water bodies, rain water also accumulates in small puddles and ponds across cities, towns and villages. The stagnant water offers a breeding ground to nine varieties of Anopheles mosquitos found in the country. These mosquitoes carry two major strains of the malarial parasite – Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax. The infection spreads when mosquitoes bite a healthy individual after biting an infected individual.

Malaria infects close to 2 million people each year. It also leads to at least 1,000 deaths annually. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that India contributes to 77 percent of all malaria cases in Southeast Asia. Almost 95 percent of the population lives in high-risk areas.

Many people are resistant to the strains in their area. Severity of malaria symptoms will depend on a variety of factors including your age, level of immunity, and the type of parasite. The condition manifests in form of high fever, chills, headache, sweats, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. Some patients may also suffer from dry cough, muscle ache, back pain, and enlarged spleen. Very rarely, the infection may progress to your brain and spinal cord and lead to unconsciousness and death.

The incubation period, or the amount of time between beginning of infection and appearance of symptoms, can range from 9 to 40 days, depending on the Plasmodium Sp.

WHO recommends physicians to start malaria treatment within 24 hours of appearance of symptoms. Individuals with mild to moderate symptoms can be treated in outpatient settings with medications such as artemether-lumefantrine, atovaquone-proguanil, chloroquine and clindamycin. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment can help treat most people with malaria. Unwanted complications can, however, lead to permanent disability or death.

Both state and central government authorities have taken steps to curb the spread of malaria across the nation as part of the National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme. Authorities are relying on Rapid Diagnostic Kits (RDK) for early and accurate detection of both kinds of Malaria strains. Doctors are prescribing a combination of drugs, instead of mono-therapy, to treat the cases quickly and effectively.

Many local municipalities are also part of this integrated vector-control approach. They are conducting regular anti-larval operations by spraying bio-larvicides. Some municipalities are also releasing gambusia fish to kill mosquito larvae in stagnant water bodies. This has led to almost 25 percent decrease in malaria cases in some areas.

The central government is also analysing various research studies before introducing the anti-malarial vaccine this year. Apart from finding the right vaccine, the government should also plan the release carefully to meet the high demand. Cost is another big factor. The vaccination program will succeed only if it reaches the tribal populations in backward areas that report highest malaria-related mortality rates.

Malaria impacts millions of families each year. Increased vector-control awareness is the key. Implementation of anti-malaria programmes should not be limited to government agencies. Every citizen should contribute to the campaign and take proactive measures to eradicate the parasite.