Author Archives: Wide Angle

Designing the Future of Housing for India’s Poorest

FastCompany has a story about Micro Home Solutions, a Delhi-based company owned by the husband and wife team of Rakhi Mehra and Marco Ferrario, wants to build affordable housing for low-income people. The ultimate goal for Micro Home Solutions is … Continue reading

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Parenting skills and children – American vs. Chinese, Indians and others

An article in the Wall Street Journal has generated a lot of debate. The article, titled ‘Why Chinese Mothers are Superior‘ by Amy Chua who is a professor at Yale Law School explains the differences in the way Chinese (and … Continue reading

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Tata’s Nano, the Car That Few Want to Buy

The New York Times reports that the sales of the Nano, the ‘people’s car’ from the Tata group have gone way down. Analysts say the Nano situation demonstrates it may not be sufficient to make cheaper, smaller versions of existing … Continue reading

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Co-pilot sent Air India Express plane plummeting when he moved his seat

This is from CNN: The co-pilot of an Air India Express 737 sent the jetliner into a terrifying 7,000-foot plunge in May when he accidentally hit the control column while adjusting his seat, investigators report. According to the report from … Continue reading

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Hindu Group Stirs a Debate Over Yoga’s Soul

From the NY Times: The campaign, labeled “Take Back Yoga,” does not ask yoga devotees to become Hindu, or instructors to teach more about Hinduism. The small but increasingly influential group behind it, the Hindu American Foundation, suggests only that … Continue reading

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Narayanan Krishnan, CNN Hero

“A companion to the forgotten”

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Unmarried women barred from using cellphones in Indian village

Today’s WTF story is from the The Guardian: An Indian village has banned unmarried women from using mobile phones for fear they will arrange forbidden marriages that are often punished by death, a local official said today. The Lank village … Continue reading

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Rats in Mumbai City

MSNBC has this story about the proliferation of rats in Mumbai and the people who catch rats for a living. The competition for rat catcher jobs in Mumbai is stiff. Only men aged 18 to 30 need apply. They must … Continue reading

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Beatles to be available on iTunes

Financial Times is reporting that Beatles will be available on iTunes tomorrow.

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Mining in Jharkhand and its links to Maoists

Foreign Policy has this nice photo essay about the mining industry in Jharkand.

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