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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Education in rigor mortis: a 10-year report card
    by Arti Jaiman  |  06 April 2009

    Can anything possibily change in the Indian education system. A comparison between a survey done in 1996 and another done in 2006 seems to suggest that nothing much has changed in our education system. Read...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Terrorism has no religious affinity
    by Arti Jaiman  |  05 October 2008

    Finally, someone has spoken out against the strident, unrelenting branding of all terrorism being Islamic, and all Muslims being terrorists. According to a news report in The Times of India, Sharad Pawar asks a very...

  • Bihar Flood Relief
    by Arti Jaiman  |  08 September 2008

    I find it hard to breathe when I think of the scale of the catastrophe in Bihar. More than 25 lakh people affected by the raging waters of the Kosi. As I browse through news...

  • 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?...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • School Kids make a trip to the Yamuna River
    by Arti Jaiman  |  21 August 2007

    The class seven students of The Shri Ram School, DLF Phase 3, made a trip to the Yamuna to experience first hand the state of the river just before it enters Delhi from neighbouring state...

  • Giving a shot to Google Docs
    by Arti Jaiman  |  03 August 2007

    In trying to use a new word processing program, such as Google Docs, it is typical to resist a new order of icons. Fingers follow muscle memory, and the mind, focused on the task of...

  • 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...

  • Who moved the ketchup?
    by Arti Jaiman  |  18 January 2007

    It’s six in the morning, we’re jet lagged, and sleepy in the sleepy little airport of Perth, on our way to Sydney from Delhi, via Singapore. The kids trundle to the cafeteria looking for fries,...

  • 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...

  • A bonanza for budget travellers
    by Arti Jaiman  |  12 September 2006

    Many trips just don’t happen because we’re perennially counting our pennies. Even if we can cough up the airfare, the thought of hotel tariffs in countries like Italy, Greece, France, Australia is enough to deter...

  • Bonding over mealtimes
    by Arti Jaiman  |  11 September 2006

    Finally, something I’ve known all along gets the expert stamp. Children belonging to families that eat together have a much lower chance of slipping into addictions and trouble. For proof check out Columbia University’s National...

  • From the magical world of Amitava Ghosh
    by Arti Jaiman  |  03 September 2006

    I’m surrounded by the cadences of Bangla in the wordy wonderful world of writer Amitava Ghosh. In the middle of a finally-arrived Delhi monsoon, I’ve emerged from the cyclonic chaos of the Sunderbans in The...

  • Pluto's gone!
    by Arti Jaiman  |  25 August 2006

    Pluto’s gone! In one day, the ring of planets stuck on the ceiling of my kids’ room has become outdated. I need to reach up and yank out little Pluto. What’s the big deal, you...

  • People watching
    by Arti Jaiman  |  08 July 2006

    I like people, suspect technology. If I pick up the phone, I’d prefer talking to an inept operator than an efficient machine. Till a year ago, if I wanted a train ticket, I’d prefer wading...

  • How do films get rated?
    by Arti Jaiman  |  06 July 2006

    How do films get rated nowadays? The new and “improved” Superman is just out and everyone is making a beeline to see it. Especially kids. All hell broke loose when my six-year-old daughter Damini discovered...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • "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...

  • 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...

  • "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...

  • 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...

  • In search of a hero
    by Arti Jaiman  |  06 November 1998

    A review of “Impressions of Bhima” Directed by Veenapani Chawla At British Council Division It’s been almost ten years since Veenapani Chawla attended Eugenio Barba’s theatre laboratory. Ten years, two substantial productions and a few...

  • The Enlightened Body
    by Arti Jaiman  |  27 November 1997

    The history and practise of the Indian martial art Kalarippayattu Dawn. Outside, a cool “half-light” heralds the ritual of prayer, as temple bells wake a sleeping village. Inside, however, the flickers of light from a...