Thursday, April 07, 2005

End of terms

Anywhoo, Happy Ugadi to all you wonderful folks. This blog will be under hibernation for the next 28 days. This is because of my new resolution, “not to use the comp till my exams conclude”. After my exams a mega trip has been lined up and I’m eagerly waiting for that. Sooo all you readers, you can expect a neat adventure filled travelogue in the next month. I’ll be out on a trek to Western Ghats. I’ll be visiting a newly discovered cave out there. People interested can join me on the trek.

In between, a parasailing activity is going on in the Jakkur Aerodrome, Bangalore. The event would be conducted on Sundays during April (10th, 17th 24th). I can’t make it this time, but in case any of guys interested can contact
CARE, Vijayashree Builing, No.1, 3rd Floor, 18th Cross Malleswaram, Bangalore – 560 055. Ph: 5128 1478 Mob: 98456 – 95350.

Fee: Rs.350/- Per Launch- Cash to be paid at the venue. PARASAILING is a thrilling aero sport activity, which can be enjoyed almost by any one who is seeking some thrill in a controlled environment. The enthusiast is strapped on to a harness & an ascending type round parachute. 300 Ft long rope is hooked on to the harness & the other end is tied to a jeep. As the jeep moves ahead the harnessed enthusiasts gets towed forward. This forward motion inflates & brings up the canopy & the person is airborne. As the jeep keeps accelerating the person keeps gaining height.

Living in an Unequal World

From a weblog i came across.According to some experts, we have reached the age of abundance, and the “trickle-down effect” will take care of the poorer lot of the world – as they say, “The rising tide will raise all the boats.”
The facts and figures, however, show a very different picture of the world we live in. We seem to be living in an “Siphoning-Up Economy”.
According to UNDP's Human Development Report (1998) :
1. Globally, the richest 20% people consume 58% of all energy, while the poorest 20% get to use only 4% of the global energy output.
2. 87% of the vehicles are owned by the richest 20% of the world, while the poorest 20% own less than 1% of vehicles.
3. The richest 20% consume 84% of the paper, while the poorest 20% use 1.1%. 4. 74% of telephone lines are for the richest 20%; the comparative figure for the poorest 20% is 1.5%.
5. The richest 20% consume about 45% of all meat and fish, while the poorest 20% consume just about 5% of the produce.
6. In all, 86% of the total private consumption expenditure is accounted by the richest 20% living in high-income countries, while the poorest 20% account for negligible 1.3%.
The UNDP’s Human Development Report (1999) had these statistics :
7. The 20% richest people living in the world’s richest countries are beneficiaries of 82% of the global export trade, and 68% of FDIs; the bottom 20% get less than 1%
8. The gap between the rich and the poor countries has widened. In 1913, the top 20% had 13-times more income than the bottom 20%; in 1960 this had grown to 30-times, and in 1997, this proportion had become 74-times.
Some more facts from other sources:
9. A mere 12% of the world’s population uses 85% of world’s water resources, and this 12% does not live in developing countries
10. The GDP of the world’s 48 poorest countries is less than the combined wealth of the world’s 3 richest people
11. According to a 1999 World Bank Report on Global Development Financing, for ever $1 of loan received, the developing countries spend $13 for debt-repayment
12. According to a 2002 article published in The Guardian “The richest 50m people, huddled in Europe and North America, have the same income as 2.7bn poor people. The slice of the cake taken by 1% is the same size as that handed to the poorest 57%.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Ask And You Shall Receive...(a swift kick to the head)

This is 1 of those blog circle jerk things...So excuse...Feel free to participate if you'd like.

Here are the rules:
1. Leave me a comment here saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions in my comments section. They will be different questions than the ones below.
3. You will update your blog/site with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions. (Get it? - it's a vicious f**king circle)
Following are the response to my frnds questions
1. Why are you so thin?
You know why fish are so thin? They eat fish. Hee He. The thing is you haven’t seen me recently. Now my height to weight ratio is normal & I look much younger & livelier among people of my age (22)
2. If you were given an opportunity to direct an Ad, which company would you select?
That would be Lockheed Martin. Thou the company doesn’t require any advertising, I’ll at lest get an opportunities to show case their products. Also there are lots of Ads that I would like to re direct such as the Pepsi new Ad “ Hey Bubbly”. 10 seconds of bull shit on screen. It isn’t just American companies that get it wrong. The Scandinavian electronics company Electrolux tried to sell its vacuum cleaner in USA by telling Americans, “Nothing sucks like Electrolux”.
3. Are you afraid of getting old? Oh no, you cannot change that. I’ve lots of things to do. The only thing is, I’m running out of time. In between; all endings are also beginnings, we just don’t know it at the time.
4. Do you feel that, we are living inside the Matrix?
It is one thing that is difficult to answer. The very concept of existence itself is indefinable. It is some thing like; a circle won’t know the existence of 3rd dimension unless and until it becomes a sphere.
5. What do you prefer, camping under clear starlit sky in middle of a small uninhabited Island or a hot passionate Sexual encounter?
Both together are fine with me.