NEWS/JOURNALISM

Canada’s Challenge with India

During his six-day trip to India, Canadian Prime minister Stephen Harper might find the Indian leaders, particularly Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, somewhat distracted and even meeting-wary. That … [Read More...]

Indian Rate Increase Sends Shockwaves

The Indian government last Friday made a decision that sent shock waves around the world markets. At the outset, it looks trivial – just a quarter of a percentage rise in key interest rates by a … [Read More...]

New Ideas to Curb Spread of Nuclear Technology — Multilateral Fuel Banks

By Senthil Ratnasabapathy As Iran readies for another round of talks with western powers over its controversial nuclear programme, there is debate within the international non-proliferation circles … [Read More...]

Travel

Misty Morning

We travel outside of our homes, cities and countries to experience something 'different', new or even something that we wished we had in our own cities, towns or villages. This can be the landscape, food, culture or simply the people. Yet, if we look around we can also find that some of nature's beauty is just around the corner. It could be a beautiful sunset, a landscape or even birds … [Read More...]

Hotel Marina El Cid, Puerto Morelos,Mexica

There is a general perception that all-inclusive trips, mostly to the Caribbean, are meant for those wishing to hang around in the beach, make use of the copious amounts of the free alcohol and food available. But it does not have to be, as my recent trip to Mexico proved, even though it was to one of the all-inclusive Mecca – the Mayan Riviera. Before ending up in Mayan Riviera, I did … [Read More...]

SunYatSen_Skyline_forBlog

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver is a world of its own, nestled within the bustling Chinatown in downtown Vancouver. A little about the Garden Dr Sun Yat-Sen is considered to be the father of ‘modern China’. He is described as having played a leading role in the overthrow of the Ming Dynasty almost a hundred years ago and was the first president of the Republic of China. Now, the … [Read More...]

Musings

Smuggling vs. Trafficking of Refugees

In a recent comment on Canada's National Post newspaper, James C. Hathaway writes about the common confusion between the terms of smuggling and trafficking -- two terms which have been very commonly … [Read More...]

End of Single Party Majority Governments?

Senthil Ratnasabapathy Many, many years ago, I met a young and aspiring British journalist and ended up in a conversation about the pros and cons of the proportional representation (PR) system vs. … [Read More...]

The Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux’s Ghost Train to the Eastern Star is in a way a sequel to his first book, The Great Railway Bazaar, which was published in 1975. For the second book, which is made up of 496 pages, he … [Read More...]

Photography

Misty Morning

Misty Morning

We travel outside of our homes, cities and countries to experience something 'different', new or even something that we wished we had in our own cities, towns or villages. This can be the landscape, … [Read More...]

Life, in Stages

The Magic of Autumn

I grew up in tropical Asia, just north of the Equator, and therefore cold weather meant the mercury dropping to around 20C. Nature had given us just two seasons -- the monsoons and the summer, with … [Read More...]

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Photos of Trip to Mayan Riviera, Mexico, in February 2010

Sights of Mayan Riviera. For the travelogue for these pictures, click here. … [Read More...]