Tuesday, May 21, 2024

World Celebrates Birth and Awakening of Lord Buddha

It's called Vesak and is understanbly the most important celebration any Buddhist can participate in. Hindus too celebrate Buddha's jayanti tomorrow May 22 as they consider him the 9th avatar of Vishnu. It's difficult not to consider him the successor of the previous avatar, Lord Krishna, when you take the time to carefully examine their recommendations given about twenty-five centuries apart. Especially the fundamental one that urges us to test what they prescribe. Happy Vesak Day!

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The Jag! After 2016

 The last time we took stock of the output there we had just finished the fifth part in our series on electoral reform. Since then we've added four more pieces in that thread and thirty-nine other posts till now. There were no articles last year though, the first time since 2016 but it's not the longest drought period on that blog. I have a good excuse. 2024 looks better with already two and both of them are in kreol. The first one was an analysis on six pledges of the LP/MMM/PMSD alliance – it uses four of our clips – and the last on why six titans of the Mauritius Labour Party are unlikely to vote for Navin Ramgoolam in 2024 or for the other two main parties for that matter.

Of course Covid-19 happened during this 7-year period which explains why we had pieces on the vaccination status and jabs to buy in 2022 after we had become less ignorant about viruses. That was also the year of the 75th anniversary of India's independence. We published one piece on the Gentle Elephant when it was Midnight on August 15 in Bharat. Two days earlier we wrote a post on faith which started with a tribute to an extraordinary actor that said goodbye during the pandemic. We also investigated who's been the longest-serving General Secretary of the MLP

Other pieces included celebrating the 90th anniversary of a maverick, the Pope's visit, ideas to roll back drug use, an interesting piece on transport policy, comments on the offerings in the 2019 general election, fact-checking a toxic politician, decolonisation, the Central Water Authority, the World Bank and economic miracles. Plus one on the importance of the national currency in determining the wealth of a nation and another on an infamous anniversary. And more.

That's a lot of good stuff to read don't you think?

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Socks For Laura

That's what Ram Dass is showing to the amused audience which is there to listen to his remarks in honour of the late Aldous Huxley, the author of the dystopian novel Brave New World. Mr. Huxley was so good with words I heard Alan Watts say that mescaline was given to him so he could give the best description of the effects of the mind-altering drug – the result was Doors of Perception. I haven't read any books by AH but I was blown away by his description of the Nataraj. That was given in 1961 when he had already been diagnosed with laryngeal cancer. 

Huxley has had an interesting influence on the world through his writing and the people who pushed in the same direction like Tim Leary, Ram Dass and later Steve Jobs. And 60 years ago today he left this world hours after Laura had acceded to his written request for a 100 microgram injection of LSD. The timing of his departure was not exactly extraordinary given what had happened a bit earlier in Dallas. 

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Investment Analytics Now On Apple Books

Since Thursday owners of any Apple internet devices in many countries can get Investment Analytics from Apple Books. IA which was initially published in 1999 has helped hundreds of readers learn finance in a very enjoyable way and prepare for their CFA and MBA exams. Now with this digital edition the learning experience is being taken to an entirely new level. Happy learning!

Saturday, September 23, 2023

75 Years Ago, Mad Man Opens His First Agency

The Father of Advertising, David Ogilvy, is not only important to people who make a living in that industry but to a much wider range of folks. This is what happens when you're so good in a field or are very smart that your insights and track record catch the attention of plenty of different people. 

Like the one above on leadership which we've used to compare two PMs of Mauritius. Or the famous Rolls-Royce headline that we've quoted to highlight how we're lucky to have such a good constitution that includes the FPTP, the best electoral system in the world, and at the same time draw the attention of voters of the necessity of treading very carefully. 

Naturally, Mr. Ogilvy's body of work in advertising is priceless in doing that lifelong activity called explaining. This stems largely from staying curious and sticking to the facts for decades.

Sunday, August 20, 2023

How One European Country Will Make FIFA History Today

At the end of the final match of the fabulous 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup between Spain and England later today in Sydney one of them will cause history to accelerate. That team will not only win its first Women World Cup and become only one of five nations to have done so – blame the USA for having grabbed half of the eight previous editions organised so far for that – but will also become only the second country to have won both the Men's and Women's FIFA World Cup at least once. Yep, the winner will join Germany which has won at least two of each. 

But that's not all. Either England or Spain will improve their powerhouse ranking by three or two spots when they take the sixth place currently occupied by the Bleus. This will not exactly get Uruguay nervous though although its last WC win occurred seventy-three years ago. That victory made the largest football crowd ever to be assembled so sad that one nine-year old promised his sobbing father that he'd win one for him. He ended up winning three.

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Remembering the Dragon Who Told Us What To Be


Bruce Lee died 50 years ago today. Most people remember him as an amazing martial artist but what fewer know is that he was very well-read – his personal library had more than 2,000 books – and was a beginner till the very end. When I read Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse's extraordinary book, I wondered if he had read it too given his recommendation to us which he repeated in the famous 1971 Pierre Berton interview above. According to one website he did read it. Mr. Lee also wanted to publish his magnum opus shown below in 1971 but his busy movie schedule got in the way. Anyway, how many great books can you take in a singe year?

If you can't have enough of Mr. H20 then may I suggest that you head to his daughter Shannon's interesting podcast where you'll learn plenty of details about Jun-Fan? Still standing? Then make sure to watch the 3-season Warrior series if you haven't already.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

YJHD @ 10

Ayan Mukerji's 2013 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is as of today the 44th highest-grossing Indian movie of all time. Although that's 23 spots lower than his Brahmastra released last year, he disclosed that people still stopped to discuss about YJHD with him. It's such a fun and well-done movie. The chemistry between former lovebirds Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone is amazing. The good news is that AM has been working on a script for a sequel for a while.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Ton Tieke Kot Mexico?

Se repons kin gayne en pake fwa ler ti pe deman ban pros kot kav gayn ban zafer ki pa ti pe gayne fasilman. E preske tuletan ler ti pe al laba ti pe gayn zot. Pan tarde ditu pu kontan al dan sa magazin Vakwa la. Sifizaman kontan ki inpe zafer ki kav gayne laba ti pe fer en manier aste zot laba mem. In fer sa sistematikman. Esansielman parski leksperians la ti top. Sak fwa. Rezon prinsipal kifer li fin kumsa se interaksion ek France, so proprieter ki fek desede. Kel boner ki sa fin dire pandan tu sa deseni la. 

Mo fin trist ler mon apran so depar. Lerla mon reflesi kifer mo ti pe kontan al laba. Apar le fe ki France ti ekstreman sinpatik, Mexico ena en reynj prodwi ase larz. Lot zafer se ki France ti en bon vander. Li ti kon ekute byin. Par egzanp ler rant dan so magazin – kurb latet en tigit ek fer en ti slalom pu evit ban lartik ki apandan – nu ariv kot so kontwar/vitrin. De fwa li pu pe servi en klian donk nu atan en tigit e nu get li debruye. Nivo servis la elve parey. Ler ariv mo tur, li salie mwa "Alor meusieuh, ki manier?", mo repon li "Korek France, u ki manyer?". Si pe rod pil 3A li demande sipa pu kamera sa uswa pu en lot gadiet elektronik. Li bizin linformasion la pu kone si pa li tir ban version hevi-diuti. De fwa li poz en kestion ki mo pa tro konpran. Ler repons pa paret pu vin a tan, li poz en deziem pu sa kav oriant li vit ver en prodwi pli aproprie. Tusala suvan ek en ti rie omilie. Li ti fer sa pe inport ki pe rode. Genius Bar an plas. Plis en ti diskawnt.

Ti kav fer en zoli lartik pu en revi kuma Harvard Business Review lor fason ki France ti pe opere. En ti klip kuma telma dimun fin fer lor Omelette Man dan Jodhpur, Rajasthan ek lor ban lezot ki fin metriz zot lar/operasion ti pu en lot posibilite. Se posib ki kiken fin fer li. Tiabon. Sinpati a fami de France e 105,000 abitan de Vakwa/Fenix ki an dey. Byin ki lin ale, en dimun pa vreman mor tan ki kontinie koz so koze. Dan ka France nu bon suvenir de li pu res ar nu pandan lontan.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Gas Chambers Not Essential For Holocaust

The British didn't need one to kill 35 million Indians. The Turks didn't need one to slaughter 1.5 million Armenians. The Pakistani army didn't need one to murder 3 million citizens of Pakistan. The Germans didn't one in Namibia. The French didn't need one in Algeria. And that's not even an exhaustive list. For all this reasons the UN should remember all Holocausts on January 27, not just one.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Who Served As Labour Party General Secretary the Longest?

When Kalyanee Juggoo resigned as General Secretary of the Mauritius Labour Party recently Arvin Boolell wondered if the 13 years she had served in that position wasn't the longest. We knew she didn't but went to find out.