Archives for July 2009

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

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...]