Archives for 2009

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 about the best strategy or strategies to prevent another Iran-type situation from developing. The debate has been necessitated by a number of developments, ranging from the availability of once … [Read more...]

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden In Vancouver

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...]

Link Between Lung Cancer And Radon

A recent UN report sheds some interesting, and disturbing, light into affects of radiation. Lung Cancer & Radon In the first development, the United Nations Scientific Committee on Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) finds a link between the colourless, odourless noble gas radon and lung cancer. The Vienna based agency says the link between radon and lung cancer risk came about as a … [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 takes almost the same route. He starts off in the UK, travels up to Japan then takes a different route on his way back. He skips Iran and Afghanistan this time but travels through the various ‘stans’ in … [Read more...]


Reflections of the Vancouver Skyline. … [Read more...]

Aravind Adiga’s Between the Assassinations

Just finished Aravind Adiga’s latest book, Between the Assassinations. Adiga was a former Time correspondent in India and rose to fame with his first book, The White Tiger, which won the Man Booker Prize last year. The Assassinations is an interesting book for its settings: set between the assassinations of two of India’s prime ministers, Indira Gandhi in 1984 and her son Rajiv in 1991, it … [Read more...]

The Chinatown in Vancouver

This is the entrance to the famed Chinatown. … [Read more...]

The Mystery behind the metal and plastic cutlery.

(Originally written in May 2008) Finally, I am on the plane to India. It is a long-time dream come true, and I have managed to tame my desire to visit the whole of India within the three weeks I have. One of the biggest issues to consider when planning for such a trip is the choice of carrier. I was very tempted to either Emirates or Ethihad, as it would allow me to fly via the Gulf. I had … [Read more...]

The Choice Of Words

No language remains static; one could say English is perhaps the most flexible of languages, adopting words from languages from around the world. But the use of words also change with times. Old words die while new are added, and one can notice many words that were used only in the informal world slowly gaining a sense of officialdom. But still one always thought that the media, official reports … [Read more...]

Belated, But Still…

I have decided to add a blog to my site. My old articles and all other stuff available here. Keep tuned for newer stuff. Thanks and good luck. … [Read more...]