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imagine-a-world-without-girl-child.jpgSon preference in India is a well documented fact and its implications on skewed sex ratios, female feticide and high child morality rates is no news either. For over a century India has shown marked gap in the number is boys vs girls born each year. With technological advancement this gap is only increasing.

Indians worship the goddesses in temples but kill their daughters at home. Preference for boys over girls is driven by these factors:

  • Sons are expected to provide emotional and social care to parents especially in their old age as well as are responsible for their lineage while daughters will go away to other families. It appears sons compensate for the lack of social security in India.
  • Only if the son light the funeral pyre can the parents ascend to heaven.
  • Sons add to family wealth and property, whereas daughters will drain that in the form of dowry for marriage.
  • Sons will protect the parents whereas daughters have to be protected. (more…)

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Earth Hour 2008India has decide to stay illuminated when the world will switch off for Earth Hour between 8 and 9 pm on March 29. As of today no Indian city has officially joined the campaign to black out to show that India too is in the crusade to reduce global warming.

So far, 35 nations, 370 cities, towns and councils worldwide have pledged to turn out their lights for one hour. This includes cities like Christchurch, Bangkok, Seoul, Dubai, Antarctica’s Casey Base, Manila, Copenhagen, Rome, Dublin, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco and Mexico City.

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The recent turbulence in Tibet is turning to be a trouble for India. Though no Indian life or interest is under any threat, India is finding it difficult to respond. It is the Indian response, or lack there of, that is the most troubling. If it was an isolated case of confusion for India, it is no big deal. But this is deliberate and exposes a fundamental characteristic of Indian psyche.

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If you are one of those who have problem spotting an engineer, your problem may be finally over. If you are one of those who have hard time separating engineers from human, please read on. There is good news: with little information it is easy to spot an engineer.

Evolutionary Background: First of all, engineers belong to a subspecies of homo sapiens called homo sheepean since they share lot of their traits with the similarly named quadrupedal ruminant mammals. Though they have almost identical DNA structure of human, they are a separate branch in the evolutionary path. The three fundamental features – tool making, use of language for communication, and walking straight – that propelled human evolution are not exactly shared by the home sheepean. Though engineers excel in tool making, they lack the ability to use language for communication and hell bent on moving away from standing up – neither on their own feet nor for their convection. As a result, most of their brain is unused and feared to be vestigial expect for the over developed data crunching center in the left brain. Engineers branched out from the human species no more than two centuries ago, and their evolution is still in nascent stage.

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The recent discussion that followed the post on IIT encouraged me to put down my thoughts on Indian education system, not just IIT.

Growing up we did not have the luxury of attending schools that were considered prestigious, nor did we have the pressure to perform in entrance exam. My mother one day dressed me up in a shirt reserved only for visits from important relatives, and told me we were going to school. I had no idea what a school was: I was too young and the word school was not part of my vocabulary. But I realized it was something important to my mother, otherwise she would not take out that shirt.

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Ladies, we know you think we cannot communicate. If you have learned to live with it, and you are happy with whom you got, you are an amazing and wise woman; kudos to you. But if you are one of those that even if your boyfriend or husband were the greatest orator or the most prolific writer in the land, you would still complain about his inability to express, then read on. And you know who you are: you think Indian man have a genetic defect; you think there is something wrong with us.

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