Ajay jaiman

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  • Letter to my daughter -- College admission is not an objective measure of an individual’s self-worth
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  04 February 2018

    Note 1: This started out as a letter to my daughter who goes to college this year. But once I started writing I thought that others who go through the college application process (and their...

  • Packing list for multi-day self-supported cycling trip [Version 2.0]
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  01 January 2018

    Some years ago I had posted a packing list that I had used for my Manli-Leh cycling trip. That post generated many thank-you’s and even more follow-up questions. The Manali-Leh trip was my first major...

  • A blazing sunrise in Darjeeling
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  08 December 2017

    It is five in the morning and still pitch dark outside. But I am up and ready to face the winter morning chill, which admittedly, is not at its peak yet. My camera bag on...

  • Should I be cycling to work everyday?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  02 December 2017

    Before I get to the ‘should’ let me answer if I ‘want’ to cycle to work. The unequivocal answer is yes. For me the reasons for cycling to work are many: I enjoy cycling. It...

  • So who was Safdarjung? And why does he lord over the best real estate in town?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  02 July 2017

    Residents of Delhi, even those not terribly interested in history, are likely to be aware of the Safdarjung Tomb. Not because it is a particularly grand tomb, as mausoleum go, but perhaps because it is...

  • An Indian Going West. To Discover America.
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  29 May 2017

    At age 40, in the middle of raising venture funding for my second tech start-up, I had a massive heart attack. It’s a long story, but in essence, while I was lying on the cold...

  • Cycling the Sach Pass - 2.0
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  01 October 2016

    At 4,420 meters Sach pass is not among the highest ‘motorable’ passes in the country, but it is certainly one of the steepest and one of toughest to bicycle across. A couple of years ago,...

  • Bicycle shops in NCR - Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  17 February 2016

    There is a post on my blog about choosing a bicycle that has become very popular and I get to reply to lots of comment related to it. Recently I created a list of cycle...

  • Manali to Leh — Route Map
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  07 August 2015

    Planning on riding/driving from Manali to Leh? You can explore the route in an interactive map right here and also download a .gpx file of the route for your GPS. On this 470 km trip...

  • Diving into the deep blue Andaman sea
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  31 July 2015

    Earlier this year we went scuba diving to the Andaman Islands. We spent a over a week at DiveIndia on the Havelock islands. There is no easy way to describe the vibrancy of the underwater...

  • Learning to fly a paraglider in Kamshet
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  26 March 2015

    As far as I can remember, I had one persistent, recurring childhood fantasy/dream: To fly. All by myself. Some 40 odd years later, it has finally happened. I went through a short training to learn...

  • Cycling the Spiti valley – Nako to Manali
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  21 September 2014

    The hardest part about Spiti is reaching there. It took us a 22-hour bus ride to get to Rekong Peo. For the sake of acclimatization we had planned the night stay at Kalpa, which is...

  • Which is the best cycle for touring the Indian himalayas?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  16 September 2014

    People often ask me what is the best cycle for touring the Himalayas. It is a hard question to answer, mainly because different people define ‘touring’ differently. For instance, cycle touring may mean cycling hundreds...

  • Riding the thunder dragon
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  09 January 2014

    Where in the world do you have a car driver slow down to a halt, to let you finish taking a picture from across the street. Where in the world do you have women managing...

  • Choosing a bicycle 101: Roadie, Hybrid, MTB, Touring or fixed gear?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  23 September 2013

    So you’re thinking of buying a new cycle? And you are being bombarded by friends, fellow cyclists and salespeople by all kinds of conflicting information? I have, in the past, tried to clear some smoke...

  • Khardung: WordPress Theme
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  07 August 2013

    I wrote my first piece of code in 1988. And over the years I have abandoned coding for many different things; but I seem to keep coming back to it, like it were my one...

  • Cycling across the Sach Pass, Himachal Pradesh
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  07 August 2012

    Perhaps more appropriate to say ‘trying to’ cycle across the Sach Pass. And failing. We did our best, under the circumstances, and failed. No shame in that! 15 odd kilometers short of the Sach pass...

  • Documenting Community Media in India
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  10 June 2012

    I started CommunityVoices.in as an experimental project to find, collate and share information about community media in India. The first phase is attempting to create a directory of community media in India. CommunityVoices.in is being...

  • Human and environmental effects of 'mass-produced agriculture'
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  12 September 2011

    I must confess that I was not entirely surprised to read that the results of ‘mass-produced agriculture’ can sometimes be less than satisfactory. Allow me to summaries some of the human and environmental effects of...

  • Recent ceramics
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  11 September 2011

    When you throw the clay you literally have little idea how the end product will look and feel… not even when you glaze. Well, at least, I don’t. Or perhaps, not yet. And I love...

  • Street art
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  11 September 2011

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  • Trekking across the Buran Pass, Himachal
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  08 September 2011

    She knew. I could tell she knew that I was in pain. I had been making sure that the violent negotiations between my calves and knees were kept to, well, myself. But she could see...

  • Collating alternate news voices around the globe
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  10 May 2011

    Through this project I attempt to highlight independent, non-corporate, alternate news media across the world. The aim is to give ‘air time’ to views that much of the advertising-sponsored corporate media ignores. On occasion that...

  • Buffaloes on zebra crossings - The Gurgaon story
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  04 May 2011

    Our documentary film was first shown as part of an exhibition & seminar ‘What makes India urban?’ at AEDES Am Pfefferberg, Berlin, a gallery that focuses on architecture. In less than two decades, the rural...

  • Manali to Leh cycling – What does it take?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  03 May 2011

    It’s that time of the year again. When people start thinking about ‘the’ great Indian cycle ride – the Manali to Leh cycling trip. A couple of people have written to me in the recent...

  • Water. For saving lives and changing lives...
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  02 May 2011

    A little bit of clean water can save lives. And change lives. This short animation video show how important water is. For those who don’t have it. More info about the charity that created this...

  • An argument against nuclear power in India
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  27 April 2011

    It is interesting that almost exactly to the day of the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl, India has decided to approve a new nuclear power plant in Jaitapur in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. While experts have...

  • Every Day Should Be an Earth Day!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  24 April 2011

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  • Hunger strike against corruption is over. Time for some introspection?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  12 April 2011

    To be honest I seriously considered going to Jantar Mantar, perhaps even participate in the fast. But I couldn’t. I kept following the event closely but I could not participate. Not because I want more...

  • The curious case of hunger strikes…
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  11 April 2011

    What inference can you draw form the following two facts: When Irom Sharmila sits on a hunger strike in Manipur she gets arrested for ‘attempt to commit suicide’ and is force fed (nasogastric intubation) through...

  • Cricket: The Collateral damage?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  06 April 2011

    While ‘India’ was busy cheering its cricketers to win the world cup for the nation, some couple of hundred people, who had probably laboured through the day, hauling stuff in a under-construction swank high-rise, were...

  • Is this the future of digital magazines?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  17 March 2011

    Is this the future of digital magazines? If the real experience turns out to be even close to how it shows up on the video, I’d want one. That is, I’d want to use this...

  • Are the Olympics a waste of money?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  16 March 2011

    The Economist deserves credit for a very interesting poster campaign ‘Hosting the Olympics is a waste of money’. A careful reader of news might tell you that the governments can spend their time and money...

  • ‘God will not allow man to destroy the earth?’ Really?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  05 January 2011

    If you thought Lalu Prasad Yadav was funny, you should meet John Shimkus (new chair of the Subcommittee on Environment and Economy) of the US. Lalu pales… Shimkus is on record for dismissing the existence...

  • First attempt at ceramics
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  03 January 2011

    These are my first pieces of ceramic that came out of the kiln. Of course they are far from perfect but the first pieces are special…   ...

  • Gurgaon critical mass cycling – a new beginning
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  02 January 2011

    After the excesses of the new-year partying, you’d expect that on a cold and windy Sunday morning people might want to stay tucked in a little bit longer. Perhaps spend a lazy Sunday morning at...

  • Doodling in Math Class?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  24 December 2010

    I wish I had taken advance math in school/college. Can’t say what would have happened to my math skills, but I am sure my doodling would have improved. See what Vi Hart, a self-claimed recreational...

  • Who cares about bicycles or about climate change?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  08 December 2010

    Since Delhi climate bicycle ride was going to be only 11 kilometers and on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor, I thought it might be fun for my 10 year old child to participate in,...

  • Will my cycling to work help save our environment?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  01 December 2010

    For about a month now I have been using a cycle as my primary mode of transport (as opposed to a car). Thinking to myself that it is good for me, good for the environment...

  • Are we poisoning our children?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  17 November 2010

    Many of us buy our children cycling helmets, make sure they stay belted in the cars, buy best quality non-toxic stationary and toys… now if someone accuses us slow poisoning our children, we will of...

  • Storming of the Indorie Qila
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  15 November 2010

    We finally raised the PedalYatri flag on the Indorie Qila (Indorie Fort). Of course it was a notional one on wikimapia, but it felt special because two of our previous attempts of finding and reaching...

  • Celeberating Diwali the ‘modern’ way?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  05 November 2010

    After spending a whole day diligently wishing everybody ‘Happy Diwali’, a thought just crossed my mind: what are we so happy about? Maybe it is the noise, or the pungent burning smell, or maybe it...

  • Do you need a helmet when cycling?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  03 November 2010

    Watch this video. And if you are still not convinced about the virtues of wearing a helmet then surely you must have a very thick skull! Interesting product idea too, for those who worry about...

  • Which camera should I buy?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  02 November 2010

    I am often asked ‘Which camera should I buy?’ Sometimes the query is about digital SLR (DSLR) cameras, at other times it is about point-and-shoot (P&S) cameras. After trying to answer the question in short...

  • Why do I cycle?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  29 October 2010

    First published in Times of India on October 29, 2010. Nice to be featured in the ‘Just4Her’ section of ‘What’s Hot’ ;-). If you can afford to ride a motorcycle or a car, then why...

  • Sign the UN petition to end hunger now
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  28 October 2010

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) started an online petition to put pressure of governments to end hunger. The petition will be presented to governments at an event taking place in Rome,...

  • Junk food -- just what the doctor ordered?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  22 October 2010

    For sometime now I have held this belief that we need to market healthy food to kids as if it were junk food. I sometimes ‘joke’ that if we were to stop our children from...

  • The Great Indian Economic Rope Trick
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  21 October 2010

    The mantra “world’s-second fastest-growing-economy” is often thrown at every problem this country faces as if it were a solution. It reminds me of the ‘mere pas ma hai’ dialogue from ‘Deewar’. I must admit that...

  • Packing suggestion for multi-day self-supported cycling trip
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  11 October 2010

    After I came back from my recent self-supported Manali to Leh cycling trip many people wanted to know what I carried on the trip. So here is a list based on what we carried. There...

  • Manali to Leh – Self-supported cycling trip
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  10 October 2010

    After years of thinking about it and weeks of planning we finally did it. Close to 600 kms of cycling from Manali to Leh (because Tanglang La was closed and we had to take a...

  • Hiking in the Spiti valley
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  10 July 2010

    In June I traveled almost the entire length of the Spiti valley in the ‘European backpacker’ style. Using local buses (non-a/c with non-reclining seats), hitching rides, and hiking– from village to village and from monastery...

  • Affluenza?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  29 June 2010

    affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more… An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by the relentless desire for...

  • Top 40 Outstanding Nature Photographs - a set on Flikr
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  24 June 2010

    The International League of Conservation Photographers, a fellowship of the top professional conservation photographers working today, was recruited to nominate nature photographs that the member photographers considered to be ‘the best,’ in whatever way they...

  • Going to Ziro!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  15 June 2010

    Ziro is a quaint name for an unknown town hidden in the undergrowth of the deep jungles of Arunachal Pradesh – a state that is itself tucked away in the north-east of the country and...

  • Digital photo-documentaries by underprivileged kids
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  19 May 2010

    Some years ago I had an opportunity to work with underprivileged kids across of India. One project that I really enjoyed was working with them to create a photo-documentary of their world. Most of these...

  • Musings on self-supported cycle travel
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  17 May 2010

    I like the idea of self-supported cycle travel. It gives you a feeling of freedom, almost liberation from the constraints of ‘tourism’. Or at least that is what I thought. To put it to test,...

  • Cycling trip across the Jalori Pass, Himachal Pradesh
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  30 August 2009

    Day one is always hard. But staying the night at Raju bharti’s guest house in Gushani more than made up for it. Lovely family to stay with and an absolutely gorgeous place too. On day...

  • Exercise and play helps students in the classroom
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  18 March 2009

    Here is some news for the academic minded parents and schools: “…brain activity and brain development are enhanced by physical exercise. It now appears that exercise can help kids learn at school.” Listen to the...

  • Documenting wild life adventures in Asia and beyond
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  06 March 2009

    This started out as a personal project to document all the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in India. The idea was to collate and provide unbiased information about parks and what to do, where to...

  • Content rating for kids?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  05 March 2009

    A study in the US has found that “TV ratings don’t accurately reflect the aggressive content found in shows popular among children – even cartoons”. And what do you say to parents who take their...

  • LIFE photo archive on the web
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  03 March 2009

    The LIFE magazine photo archive (millions of photos), most never published before, is now available online, for free. A teat for some of us (I still have old copies of LIFE magazine!). And we have...

  • Is Kindle 2 about to replace us in our family bed-time ritual?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  26 February 2009

    Will the new Kindle read bed-time stories to our kids? Can it? Will it? Should it? TV has proven its worth as a baby-sitter, across cultures! Social networking has effectively come to represent what we...

  • Wittenberg University professor Dan Fleisch sets a new standard in after-sales service
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  12 February 2009

    Professor Dan Fleisch set a new standard in after-sales service when he flew 600 miles on Christmas Day to hand-deliver his book to a buyer who had posted a comment on the Amazon web site...

  • Time magazine says "Content, Once King, Becomes A Pauper"
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  12 February 2009

    Has it really? Is content being devalued because of the current economic conditions or is there a larger trend here? Have the accountant got it all wrong? Read the Time article “Content, Once King, Becomes...

  • Advertising on portals/social networking sites Vs niche sites?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  12 February 2009

    The 2009 Online Advertising Attitudes report of UK reports that “22% of British consumers claim to only visit niche sites that are specific to their interests… A further 34% of British consumers spend the majority...

  • Is the news world changing?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  11 February 2009

    When White House press conference doesn’t invite correspondents from The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Time and Newsweek but president Obama fields questions from the correspondent from The Huffington Post, a news blog (or...

  • Is the future of ‘books’ in our palms?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  10 February 2009

    Google is making its database of 1.5 million public domain books accessible from mobile devices for free. Amazon is working to make all its Kindle titles available on mobile devices.Random House Publishing has announced that...

  • Free text books on the internet!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  06 February 2009

    Like the open source movement in software, an open source movements in the textbooks may be afoot. If this movement takes hold it will surely impact the textbook business, which is perhaps the only safe...

  • Too much screen/media time linked to depression
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  06 February 2009

    Kids who are exposed to too much screen time (TV, Computers, video games, iPodsâ?¦) during their teen years are likely to display depression symptoms later. Science News article says: “Exposure to more television and other...

  • Heard of novel podcasts?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  03 February 2009

    According to Time magazine, novel podcasts, unlike audiobooks “are truncated into segments and may include ambient sounds, music as well a cast of voices playing different characters.” “Evo Terra, the co-founder of Podiobooks.com, says 45,000...

  • Negative health & social outcome of media
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  03 December 2008

    Marcella Nunez-Smith of Yale School of Medicine and his team spent more than 18 months studying some 173 researches conducted over the last 30 years on how media affects the lives of children – ‘…obesity,...

  • Book/Magazine Publishing 2.0
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  22 August 2008

    Is there such a thing as book or magazine publishing 2.0? Perhaps there is a need for it. A lot of smart people are trying – some smart ideas and some not so smart. Which...

  • TV as babysitter! How about 24 hour TV channel for babies?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  20 August 2008

    As products proliferate marketers will research and find the smallest niche available. First videos, then Tv programming and now 24 hour channel dedicated to babies under 3. In-womb will be next! Or is it already...

  • Refusing to serve underage customers?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  08 August 2008

    If you were running a bar, would you refuse to serve an underage customer? Would you make systems to prevent the serving of alcohol to children? How about if you sold cigarettes in your store?...

  • Google Trends & Google Insights -- Social Science Toolbox
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  06 August 2008

    I have been using Google Trends for some time now – for work and sometimes just for fun! Trust me it can be fun and educational. You can tell a lot about what is going...

  • E-mail newsletter sold for $125 million?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  06 August 2008

    Aimed at stylish women, Daily Candy is being bought by Comcast Corp for an estimated $125 million. According to Philly.com Daily Candy “delivers more than 2.5 million e-mail subscriptions through local editions in 12 key...

  • What does a heart attack feel like?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  05 August 2008

    It does not always feel like what you may have seen in the movies or on TV. Sometimes it can even feel like a bad case of indigestion. Interesting story in Guardian quoting a British...

  • Social Networking for Kids
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  11 July 2008

    Most major social networking sites require their users to be at least 13 years old. Anyone who has kids knows that the kids are all over Facebook, MySpace and Orkut. Of course the kids fake...

  • Trek to Chandratal -- the moon lake
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  17 May 2008

    Freezing temperatures, mutinous children and kindergarten values Educational consultant Ajay Jaiman, 40, trekked to Chandratal over the Dussehra break last year with three other families—the Bhattacharyas, the Chopras and the Chakrabartis—ranging in age from 7...

  • Travelling ethically!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  29 November 2007

    Ethical Traveler has created a list of 13 tips that focus on travelers creating a positive impact by “by being open, informed, and willing to immerse themselves in other cultures”. A couple of them that...

  • Humanity on the way to becoming civilized?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  23 November 2007

    From Ahmadabad to Baghdad, from Bosnia to Calcutta, from Darfur to…. there is far too much warfare, crime, hatred and genocide than I would like. Steven Pinker, however has another take on this. “ In...

  • Glass or Plastic? Especially if it is your baby's bottle
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  23 November 2007

    Research suggests that most clear hard plastic (your baby’s bottle, the bottles in the refrigerator, the sippers, the food jars on the kitchen shelf) contain a chemical called bisphenol A (BPA), which is at the...

  • World's Worst Polluted Places 2007
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  29 September 2007

    The list of the worlds worst polluted place, compiled by the Blacksmith Institute is called the Dirty Thirty. The top ten ‘dishonors’ are shared by India (2), China (2), Russia (2), Azerbaijan(1), Peru (1), Ukraine...

  • 'Network effects' and social influence
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  13 September 2007

    Talking of networks and ‘network effects’, Duncan J. Watts professor of sociology at Columbia University and the author of “Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age”, has written a very interesting piece in New...

  • Six-degrees?: The power of Internet networking
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  12 September 2007

    I just noticed (accidentally) that I am ‘connected to’ Barack Obama, US Senator and Presidential Candidate through three different people. Talk of six-degrees of separation! In the world networked through LinkedIn, Plaxo and others, my...

  • YAARI.com is a spammer
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  03 September 2007

    I came very close to participating in a scam executed by an India ‘social networking’ site. Unwittingly, of course! It started when I received a mail from a site called yaari.com: ‘xyd wants you to...

  • Copyrights and wrongs
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  27 August 2007

    The Picture Archive Council of America (PACA), has created a powerpoint presentation that dispels many a myth and sheds light on what copyright protects and for how long, what is fair use, what is an...

  • Why do people participate in social media?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  18 August 2007

    Yossi Vardi commenting on Social Software suggests that ‘there are 3-4 major forces on the Internet: • self expression • communication • sharing • collaboration You’d notice that money is not one of them. It...

  • ...until nearly all advertisements around the world are digital!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  17 August 2007

    “There’s a chance to invest right now in China, India, Russia and Brazil, which will pay off big over the next five years… These economies are going to boom, and ads there are going to...

  • Online revenues?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  17 August 2007

    Interesting times these! While the New York Times is poised to stop charging online users, Google is going to start charging. New York Times started charging for access in 2005 and has in 2007 decided...

  • Global Market place for Ideas
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  20 February 2007

    Business week article on the market place for ideas: “…Colgate-Palmolive… needed a more efficient method for getting its toothpaste into the tube—a seemingly straightforward problem. When its internal R&D team came up empty-handed, the company...

  • Ban on fast food ads?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  18 February 2007

    Reuters informs us that Malaysia is considering a ban on fast food ads… With Malaysia’s growing affluence, almost 40 per cent of its 26 million citizens are obese, up from 20 per cent a decade...

  • Want to buy a kidney?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  08 February 2007

    If you want to buy a kidney or any other organ just contact your local broker. A wired story reports “…a group of poverty-stricken women living in a tsunami refugee camp 7.5 miles north of...

  • Stabbed on the road - are you safe on Delhi roads?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  07 November 2006

    Just one month after having successfully completed the Raid De Himalaya in is Honda CRV, that he so lovingly calls ‘Mogli’, Mukul had to summon the courage to drive himself to medical help while he...

  • Farm suicides and Community Supported Agriculture
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  08 October 2006

    “Farm suicides have also been on for several years in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and elsewhere in India… Farm suicides have been on for a while in the cotton-growing West African nations...

  • At Pangong Tso (Lake)
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  01 October 2006

    I camped solo, by the Pangong Tso (Ladakh, India) and survived… well, not just survived, but came back with an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Totally incredible! Over 4200...

  • Dispatches from the border - III
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  25 July 2006

    I had heard about the 25-foot Shivling, even before I had reached Ziro. With the Amarnath story still fresh in my mind this appeared too tempting to be passed without an investigation. While little kids...

  • Dispatches from the border - II
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  25 July 2006

    As you drive on the well-maintained National Highway 52, given the volume or absence of traffic, you experience a serene calm. The assorted trees stand unruffled, kids play quietly in the verandahs, people appear to...

  • Dispatches from the border
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  21 July 2006

    A two and a half hour flight followed by a one hour helicopter ride, leading on to 17 hours in a taxi, is a long way off from Delhi. And here I am sitting by...

  • Outsourcing the jobs of lab animals to India!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  04 May 2006

    “So now we are outsourcing the jobs of lab animals to India? I shudder to think what the ‘No Indian testing’ label will be in Europe…” reads a post by nizo at [] at slashdot....

  • A cotton farmer, a fashion week and a bull run!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  03 May 2006

    Beautiful women, designer clothes, opulent settings, flashy cars and celebrity film stars come together to make a very heady cocktail. Way more seductive than the story of some poor cotton farmer. For the producers as...

  • Nine hours of shut-eye each night?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  01 May 2006

    Yes, that is what experts suggest – children should sleep for at least nine hours each night. A good way to know that your kids are getting enough sleep is to check if they get...

  • Recommended Podcasts (Includes Podcast 101)
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  30 April 2006

    If you are already familiar with podcasting and know how to download and listen you could jump to part II – a list of some wonderful podcasts available for free download. Most of these twenty...

  • Engagement media?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  26 April 2006

    In any media, while the size of the audience is important, the consumers’ relationship with the media is perhaps equally important. ‘Engagement’ is the buzzword. But what does it really mean? Is a commuter who...

  • The consumption and seduction treadmill
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  30 March 2006

    The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has filed a suit against Kellogg and Viacom for marketing unhealthy foods to kids. [Read SpongeBob SquarePants, Health Risk in ‘The Nation’] What about parents? Do...

  • Tiger Sighting!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  27 March 2006

    When my son and I went to Ranthambhore I was not expecting much more than an opportunity to spend some time with my son away from TV, PC, PSP, GSM… Guess what, we encountered the...

  • "Criminal Tribes": Notified, then de-notified…
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  26 March 2006

    ‘My father is a thief’ read the tattoo on the arm of a child in the 1980s hit Bollywood film Deewar. In genuine Bollywood tradition, the child grows up to become Big B and then...

  • Internet censorship: Google, China and the rest of us!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  27 February 2006

    Google’s submission to Chinese censorship rules is perhaps more significant than Yahoo, or Microsoft’s submission, mainly because Google has, over the years, become ubiquitous to search. More importantly, Google’s submission invites concern because many people...

  • A Traveling Photographer and a Nomadic Museum
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  21 February 2006

    Gregory Colbert has traveled the world for more than a decade and photographed encounters between humans and large animals in Burma, Sri Lanka, Egypt, India, Ethiopia and Kenya. This traveling photographer’s photo exhibition is, appropriately,...

  • Lessons from LINUX Asia for non-geeks!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  21 February 2006

    Thirty slides and one hour into the ‘utter meaninglessness of life without Oracle’ presentation I began to wonder if I had been suckered into paying to hear sales pitches that I did not understand or...

  • Razing MG1. Raising hope!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  02 February 2006

    My sympathies to all the big shot designers who lost there outlets and their high-profile 1MG Road address. Really, I know it hurts to loose something that you have paid for – even if you...

  • So you were in Goa for New Year!
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  07 January 2006

    “So you were in Goa for New Year!” is the question I have been asked repeatedly over the last week or so. I guess it must be important to be there at that time, though...

  • "Customer is king" conditions apply
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  05 December 2005

    ‘You can have any color Model T you want, as long as it is black’ is a famous Henry Ford quote from a long time ago. Or is it? No, no, it is still a...

  • World Summit of Information Societies - Report
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  30 November 2005

    The ICT4All (Information and Communication Technologies) exhibition that accompanied the World Summit of Information Societies in Tunis, Tunisia was, in real terms, for all. From 15-19 November, 2005, exhibitors of all shades displaying a range...

  • In Tunisia
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  25 November 2005

    A good traveler has an open mind. And if not, then good travel jolts him or her out of the habit of falling in for the stereotype and see things as they really are and...

  • More Pictures from Tunisia
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  24 November 2005

    Some more pictures from my Tunisia trip. Old houses in Tunis, Tunisia Click on any image to enlarge and launch gallery ...

  • Driving round the bends in Himachal
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  29 September 2005

    M iddle-age has its symptoms. In my case, I sense an old flame flaring up. My passion for travel, especially to the mountains, is getting a fresh supply of oxygen with each passing year. Every...

  • Educating the rural children
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  08 August 2005

    Who will teach the teachers to see the hunger for learning in these bright sparks? “I am not sure, what is it that I want to do when I grow up… I don’t know… maybe...

  • Am I a Hindu?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  21 September 2002

    First published as op-ed in Hindustan Times on 21 09 2002 I was born a Hindu, and had no choice in the matter. As an adult I have had no doubt in my mind that...