An Indian commercial for _____ (give it a guess). Pretty interesting from creativity perspective, but a bit saddening as a matter of fact…
Republic of India
A restaurant in Tamilnadu, India, making parotta bread with amazing precision.
On side note, the Commonwealth Games opened last night with a decent show despite all the chaos. Hopefully it’s going to be a peaceful event throughout.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games, scheduled to be held in India’s capital city Delhi on Oct 3-14, is facing trouble over security and safety concerns.
An Australian discus champion and an English triple jumper have withdrew and more than 40 officials and athletes from the Scottish team have delayed their flight to Delhi. And New Zealand’s prime minister has said that he would support any of his country’s athletes who did not attend.
The venue preparation was always in questions and never seemed to follow the timeline, but Delhi was still given green light last year to go ahead, probably in consideration that the Indians have had a decent record to rush things up with their excessive manpower.
There are 421 million who people who are living in poverty in eight north India states of Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal according to recent Oxford’s Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) – more than in the poorest 26 African countries combined (421M).
It doesn’t mean that India is poorer than those African nations (with many of them living in ‘extreme’ poverty) – the MPI is a bit complicated to begin with – but it does reflect the sad fact behind the world’s second most populated country.
I remember watching a heart-wrenching Chinese documentary, where some villagers from rural China are all-smile after selling their produce for RMB4000 (~USD590), the annual income for the entire village of about 100 households. Still, it’s not disastrous for a farming community where most basic needs are self sustainable, I can only imagine things being worse in some other places.