This is one interesting fact.. salaried Indians are the 10th most taxed people on the planet.. whats more is that we are 40 places ahead of USA.. which somehow i always believed was a very heavily taxed country. I wonder how badly were the people tax before the Narsima Rao Reforms which lowered the tax rates to half.
A friend of mine recently forwarded me a nice article which lists down the differences in attitude of lucky and unlucky people. The author believes that by changing one’s outlook towards life one can also be lucky.
You might not have to agree completely to what the author says but the article has a lot of merit. So do give it a read.
I was always against the demand for death penalty for rapists. My reasons were:
1. I believe that society is a lot to blame when they sometimes assume that the victim did something wrong.
2. Death Penalty is taken quite seriously by law. Hence it means almost infinite appeals, re-opening the case at the smallest pretext and getting involved in a lengthy and costly legal battle. If someone believes in delayed justice being equivalent to justice denied, then this change in law will only increase the victim’s agony.
3. Usual crap against the very idea of death penalty esp. does state or anybody have a right to take someone else’s life.
However this Wall Street Journal & Mint’s article presents an economist’s view against harsh punishment. If you get time do read it because I like their treatment to the subject.
First of all Hindi is not our national language, so it is not necessary for people to know it.
However as this guy rightly points out, there are a few barriers to speaking in Hindi as well.
Hindi and Me
So next time feel a bit for those guys who only learn Hindi in school.
Randy Pausch was a computer scientist at CMU. Diagnosed of pancreatic cancer he gave the last lecture on Sep 2007. The lecture is all about achieving ones dream and enabling others to reach their dreams.
Although the lecture lasted for more than an hour, but you can really appreciate how moving this passionate lecture was.
Thanks Karthi for forwarding it to me
I recently came across a very interesting finding. How the fortunes of one person increases the spending of the entire neighborhood.
Isn’t it interesting that just to show off and for senseless vanity we often are driven to over spend and live beyond our means.