Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Migration of blog

Although I have loved blogging here, I am migrating my blog to primarily because all my active readers are on wordpress!

Please keep reading!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Soccer won over football?

I have been so excited about the World Cup, I am so passionate about football, and I have been watching English Premier League for almost 3 years. The draw between US and UK has been completely confused! Given the passion that people in UK have for the game, you would expect it to be a washover. After all, US doesnt really play the same game, or even if it does, it is called soccer instead!!!

What happened here? Was UK cocky? Or is too much of football working against UK?

Drama addiction?

I had to blog about my guilty pleasure--reality shows! The birth of reality shows for me started when the first season of Bachelor, and Apprentice started... But over time I got over it, or so I thought... Since my stint in the big apple, I started watching Kitchen Nightmares (I love the passion, the drama, even cried a bit over it), Shear Genius (I am passionate about hair)....
But then there are the guilty pleasures, shows I would watch alone and never want anyone to know I watch-- Keeping up with the Kardashians, Real Houseswives of NYC... I lap up all the blowouts, over the top clothes, extreme bitchy attitude, shrill voices.... I wait for the fights, the tears, the backbiting, and then making up.... Its almost a guilty pleasure!

There I admit it!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

a review of sex and the city movie

I was watching the movie"Sex and the City 2", and it completely changed the way I looked at the franchise. I avidly watched the show, especially because it showcased the strong, endearing friendships between the women, and because it looked at issues that girls thought about and discussed. The show ended at an excellent point, with all the women had grown into strong relationships where they still stuck to their individual personalities.
The first movie changed a lot of the characters, with Samantha leaving Smith and Steve cheating, but it still showed the drama of Big and Carrie's relationship.
The second movie had no real story point, with the pressing issue being Carrie having a problem with Big watching television instead of going out and Charlotte juggling motherhood. They promos seem like bringing Aidan back might be the twist in the story, but its actually just a tiny part of the story. The movie focuses on the excesses-- the over the top wedding of Anthony and Stamford, and an unreal trip to Abu Dhabi. The bad clothes, over-the-top sets, excessive make-up made the girls look plastic and unreal. However, the bigger bone of contention for me was their judgmental view of Middle Eastern culture. Their portrayal showed no sensitivity in understanding the culture, or customs, ridiculing the burqa as being a way to save on Botox. The utter disregard for the culture has almost tainted the memory of a progressive show, which was once a voice of young women everywhere.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Economics of Driving?

You know the feeling when you are stuck in the traffic for hours, just staying on the lane and waiting to move... I love economics, and I read books which relate everyday events to economics, so I figured I can give it a shot... The lanes on road remind me of industry competition economics...

Assume there are 2 firms A and B operating in the economy... If there is price competition and firm A reduces price by a fraction in order to gain market share, it will get more customers and firm A's profits will increase.. firm B will then reduce its price to firm A's level and the lower price advantage enjoyed by A is lost... Both firms wont enjoy the incremental profits... They will keep undercutting price till it sells at cost and no profits....

Think about lanes in a freeway... You are on lane 2, you think lane 1 is faster, so do others... You all end up on lane 1... And suddenly the advantage disappears, lane 2 seems faster... For most of the ride, you keep moving between lanes without any real advantage!