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A recent trip to New Delhi, the Capitol of the second and latest member of the Billion plus club, India, had me wondering. What is the motivation behind releiving ones self, by answering the call of nature in the middle of the street or on the side of the highway in plain view of passersby, both pedestrian as well as motorists. What is this primal urge that still resides in Indians, that is common with animals, that has not been discarded along the path of evolution.
From Moraji Desai, former PM, famed to have consumed his own urine, ayurvedic treatments that prescribe mixing herbal concoctions with cow urine to bumper stickers which proudly proclaim ‘Maruti ne SUSU ki’, the Indians fascination with golden showers are evident.
I bear witness to this act of public display of excreta in other cities in India too, where the sanitation network leaves a lot to be desired. To see this in a city built a 100 years ago, developed to house the rulers of the colonies and then the colonial houses of the rulers, leaves me wondering, why can’t one wait till they reach a toilet.
Twice daily, every day for three days, that was the frequency, and at one point the driver of my cab stopped on the highway for a ‘pit stop’ and then zipped away, like it was the right thing to do.
Paintball, so far, has been a game of warfare and strategy, where plastic pouches of brightly colored paint are shot from high powered pneumatic pistols, to mark the opponent as killed in action, rendering them disqualified and ineligible to continue. It leaves a slight sting and a big splotch of paint.
An army of sharp shooters, trained in stealth tactics, roaming the streets and manning highways, creeping up behind these offenders who have their backs turned to decency and shame, and marking them as offenders with a shot of paint. Yellow, Yellow, dirty fellow…thats the color! Shock and awe, shame and maim. This might solve the problem or at least intimidate them.

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The opposition must realize that more FDI means more jobs for Indians. Big chains are not going to destroy the small retailer. If anything, it presses them, to improve their quality of service, and perhaps this is what they are against. To provide a low standard of service and choice which we will be forced to accept. At the end of the day, its the customer who decides where he should spend his money. No one, no party or no government and definitely not the small retailer should oppose giving the customer a choice of goods or where he should purchase his needs from.

Established local retail chains such as Westside, Reliance or Big Bazar, dont seem to have an opposition to more competition and they have definitely not wiped out any of the pop and mom stores. Or is the opposition dancing to the tunes of these local chains by opposing more international competition which would up the ante forthe former and force them to improve their standards. This bill only presents more opportunities for these local chains so that theory can be dispelled.

It would seem that there are no Chinese goods in India now. Look around your own house, take 10 items, 7 will be made in China. The Chinese have moved ahead and dominated ouur homes, while India struggles to dominate its own. Lets stop blaming China for all pur woes.
They are ahead of the curve, we are not and need’nt catch up. We should develop our own curve.

If the opposition is against the bill, perhaps they should come up with an alternate idea which could develop as many jobs, the infrastructure and rejuvenate spending in the biggest middle class in the world. This FDI bill will result in leaner supply chains and better quality, which will be evident in the agricultural sector also.

The opposition is being irresponsible by blocking development, so that they can pass this bill, if and when they come to power and claim they did it.
Its time to look beyond partisan politics and work towards a better India.

My search for a pair of Rx-able sunglasses got over when I visited the Mont Blanc service center to have my wife’s sunglasses fixed. They showed me the Liberty range from Liberty Sport, which was the closes to a pair of sporty looking glasses as a semi-visually impaired person can get.

Being Rx-able means that you can have prescription lens fit into226_l the frames without it looking awkward and actually looking like they are a pair of sunglasses. They also have a range of magnetic accessories which make these glasses fit for a wide range of sports and hobbies like golf or biking. Standard equipment includes a semi hard carry case, a band and magnetic side covers which provide extra protection depending on the model you choose.

They have a cool range which is currently available at Kefan Optics and International Optique in Kuwait.

In between meetings, and being at the Avenues, we walked into Benihana to have lunch. We, as in my colleague who had flown in from France and moi.
Benihana, this particular outlet, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons of late, and enough has been said about it, but I guess I was curious to find out myself. I was expecting the place to be empty, but it soon began filling up. I guess any publicity is good publicity.
What this restaurant provides, is not just Japanese food, its a whole show!
In the video above, the chef arranged onion rings in to a pyramid, poured in oil and water and had a smoking volcano..cum train!!
From the beginning till the end, I had an experience, i am sure not too many places have to offer. The food, was palatable and I’d say more so because of the fact that it is prepared (atleast 75% of it) right in front of you.
It takes a lot of skill for those chefs to do what they do, with all the twirling and tossing of sharp instruments and a good dose of spontaneous humor. For those willing to try their hands at cooking, you could even learn a couple of things.
Besides the regular ala carte and the kids menu They have a set menu which includes a main course, a soup, a salad, steamed rice and green tea. I did shoot some videos but I guess they don’t do justice to the skill of the chef.
The music was mostly remixed Indian though I think they should play Japanese music, to complete the Japanese experience, though it might clash with the high thrill experience of having flippers and salt shakers twirled right in front of you.

We were killing time browsing at the Home Center in Shuwaikh, when we sa1came across a very innovative invention. Its especially useful if you are used to listening to music while you doze off.

The Sound Asleep pillow with built in speakers, only needs an MP3 player connected to it and viola you could be dozing off listening to your favorite band or e-book. I used my hands to press the pillow through the plastic covers and had to do that for some time before actually feeling the speaker inside the pillow. Being tiny, buried deep inside and to one side means that it wouldn’t be a hindrance to your sleep and wouldn’t bother you. No more speakers or headsets, which could end up strangling you in your sleep.

It retails for around 12 KD plus. To see the product website, click here. They also memory foam pillows and even rocking chairs with built in speakers.