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Dec 022008

American auto makers Ford, GM and Chrysler were back before Congress today with their begging bowl.

In proposals presented to Congress today, the three Detroit Idiots are seeking a total of $34 billion to keep going, $9 billion more than what they pleaded for last month.

Here’s the split:

* GM wants $18 billion

* Ford wants $9 billion

* Chrysler wants $7 billion

In return for the bailout, the three auto makers are holding out the Continue reading »

Dec 022008

Why is Internet penetration in India so low?

With 81 million Internet users, India accounts for a mere 6% of the 1.348 billion netizens in the world.

There were only 13.5 million Internet subscribers in India in 2007 (1.15 per 100 inhabitants), according to the Internet Governance Forum. This means each Internet connection is shared by six users.

India’s low Internet usage suggests that the net has still not become the pervasive tool it has in countries like the U.S.

Internet Users in India

What’s holding up Internet penetration/usage in India?

* Is pricing the major culprit?

* Are Indian ISPs ripping off customers?

* Are cybercafes still very popular (we remember reading that many have shut down)?

* Is the Indian government doing anything at all to boost Internet usage?

U.S. Scenario
In the U.S., you can get unlimited dial-up for about $15/month from companies like NetZero. You can get the faster DSL from Verizon for $20. Of course, cable (Comcast) or fibre optic (Verizon) Internet access is faster but also more expensive. They cost around $33 per month under a bundle plan.

The Internet access picture in India is bleaker on the broadband front.

According to the Internet Governance Forum, India has just 3 million Continue reading »

Dec 022008

Struggling Bollywood clowns Riteish Deshmukh and Ram Gopal Varma have launched a new initiative in Mumbai to salvage their ho-hum careers and simultaneously boost India’s miserable track record on tourism – Terror Tourism.

As part of the Terror Tourism launch, Riteish Deshmukh, a Bollywood non-actor par excellence, and Ram Gopal Varma, the maker of horror shows like Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag and Sarkar Raj, accompanied Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh when he visited the two Mumbai hotels at ground zero of the recent terrorist strikeTaj and Oberoi Trident.

What business did the buffoons Riteish Deshmukh and Ram Gopal Varma have at the Taj and Oberoi Trident?

Dec 022008

Moviegoers Dump on Yuvvraaj – Box Office Disaster 

Bollywood’s latest mega crapshow Yuvvraaj has crashed at the U.S. box office in its second weekend.

For the weekend of November 28-30, Yuvvraaj grossed a mere $158,433.

The Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anil Kapoor and Zayed Khan starrer Yuvvraaj came in at No-27 with an average gross of $2,058.

Since Yuvvraaj had a lousy first weekend too at the U.S. box office, a 40% crash in the second weekend does not augur well.

Here’s a look at how Yuvvraaj has fared compared to some prominent Bollywood films in the second weekend at the U.S. box office:

Given the miserable box office performance of Salman Khan’s movies Continue reading »