Finance & Economy
  • The Budget
    • ET’s budget edition has nothing else except the budget.  It is a futile effort trying to cover the budget.  It is better that we read the paper in entirety.
    • The paper is full of critiques and platitudes about the budget.  But the one that really deserves a closer look is this well-written criticism of the budget by Yashwant Sinha, a former FM himself.
    • Strongly recommend taking a look at the entire paper.  Though it may take a few days to cover the entire paper, it’s well worth the effort.
  • Some meaningful suggestions on power sector reform
  • The Oscars...
    • The King’s Speech, a period drama about King George VI who is unsure about making a speech a day before the second World War, won four awards — best film, best direction (a surprise), best actor and best original screenplay.
    • Indians couldn’t make any mark this time — Tariq Anwar nominated for The King’s Speech (editing) or AR Rahman (two nominations for 127 Hours). But Rahman made up for the miss. In a ceremony that lasted only 3 hrs 12 min, he performed his Oscar-nominated song If I Rise with singer Florence Welch to a loud applause.
    • Direction: Tom Hooper - The King’s Speech
    • Actor: Colin Firth - The King’s Speech
    • Actress: Natalie Portman - Black Swan
    • Supporting Actor: Christian Bale - The Fighter
    • Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo - The Fighter
    • Lifetime Achievement Award: Ian Wallach, Francis Ford Copola, Jean-Luc Godard and Kevin Brownlow
Language Lessons
  • apocryphal: Adjective
    • Being of questionable authenticity
    • eg: But perhaps people also need to be reminded that the term ‘goldbricking’ has its roots in an apocryphal tale of a con trick in which gilded metal bricks were passed off as solid gold.