Good Morning Vietnam!

Saigon by night from boat-restaurant cruising on River Saigon

Saigon by night from boat-restaurant cruising on River Saigon

Adrian Cronauer, a US Air Force sergeant posted to Vietnam in 1965 during the War there, worked as a radio jockey to boost the morale of the American troops. He became famous and quite popular for his innovative style, starting his programme with a yodeling cry of ‘Good Morning Vietnam!’ His tenure later inspired the hit 1987 film, Good Morning Vietnam, starring Robin Williams.

Made in USA

 

Made in USA article

Prelude

The USA is, and has been for a long time, the most powerful country on the planet, in terms of economy, financial strength, resources, technology, military might and still more. It also follows the democratic political system, with all that democracy enshrines, at least in theory – equality, liberty, human rights, freedom of speech, rule of law, and so forth.

The ‘F’ Word

Has anyone noticed how frequent the use of the F word has become these days, especially on the social media? Or is this question redundant because you too are a frequent user?

Misogyny Musings

The word misogyny has become quite popular in our lexicon, especially on the social media, and competing with the word ‘selfie’ in frequency of usage generally. Women use it more than men. The word itself originated in the mid 17th century, from the Greek words misos ‘hatred’ and gunē ‘woman’.

In our Life & Times

What a complex global society exists today! From several perspectives, it seems to be hurtling at incredible speed towards eventual self-destruction. From another perspective there is hope that out of the present volatility will emerge an era of great global harmony and prosperity.

Amazing Pakistan: 10 amazing Pakistanis who have done us proud

How do you decide who are the truly extraordinary individuals this country has produced? Can there be an objective set of criteria to evaluate the scores, even perhaps hundreds of people, who may come to mind, if we consider all Pakistanis from our day of independence to the present?

MIND THE GAP

Mind the Gap-2

The UK economy is the 5h largest in the world in terms of nominal GDP. USA is at # 1, China at # 2, India at # 9 and Pakistan at # 42. The UK is also one of the most advanced countries in the world in terms of technology, science and infrastructure, among other areas. Yet, as you travel on the underground train network, popularly known as the Tube, you are constantly reminded by a recording played on most stations, and inside

the trains, to ‘mind the gap between the train and

the station.’

R.S.S and related thoughts …..

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RSS India

R.S.S. or Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (meaning National Volunteer Organisation or National Patriotic Organisation) is an ultra “right-wing charitable, educational, volunteer, Hindu nationalist, non-governmental organisation. It is the world’s largest voluntary non-governmental organisation.

Amazing Pakistan:

10 amazing facts you might not know

Sometimes people, in any country, simply do not know enough about their own country, and are pleasantly surprised, even embarrassed, when a foreigner tells them something amazing about their country. I dare say this can be expected, if simply because there is always so much more to know!

Engendering change

An attempt to analyze the myriad issues confronting us today leads to a dizzy realization that the distinction between cause and effect has become totally blurred. For example, is terrorism a cause of our growing despondency, or it is an effect caused by a deeper malaise? Certainly you will have people supporting both viewpoints. This confusion, or perception variation, is perhaps spawned by

the very multitude and enormity of ills overpowering society. Think of a wrong, any wrong, and we have it. To name a few, just to drive home the point – extremism, terrorism, intolerance, bigotry, polarization, parochialism, hatred, corruption, nepotism, fraud, dishonesty, exploitation, harassment, misogyny, poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition, crime …. The list is endless.