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US President Barack Obama has finally touched the holy grounds of India. In Mumbai on the auspicious eve of Diwali, this is definitely not the perfect timing for the residents of Mumbai. Thanks to the security issues, most of the Mumbaikers had no other option but to be under self-imposed house-arrest.
It has been said that there are about 43,000 officials from the local police are out on the streets. But it seems that all they are doing are standing idly on the roads leading the traffic to come down to a snail pace.
The above has not been the first when a US President has come to India which has led to major initiatives in the security. The recent has been the Commonwealth Games which India had hosted. It would not be wrong to say that Indians are more or less used to it now. After all, the Indian Standard Time has to be followed at all costs!
Agreed that the security aspects cannot be compromised upon, especially when the world leaders tend to meet or visit in a particular nation. Residing at the Taj Mahal Hotel, bursting fire crackers around that region was completely banned during this festival of lights. The homemade and the Chinese imported crackers which are popular in the festive occasion have been banned. More so, the historic Marine Drive and the Gateway of India are not permitted to be used as venues for fireworks.
Being a Delhite, I am glad that Obama walks into the state after Diwali is over. But then, security would be the topmost priority. Keeping the issue of security aside, and if looked into this visit, it is actually quite crucial.
On one hand, the government of India does its best to ensure that no compromises are being made. However, when it comes to Indians going to the US are met with what can be considered as not their best behavior. With Indian professionals being subject to scrutiny at the airports in the US and being accused of forgery and undocumented, there are many issues which need to be discussed during this meet.
Also, the hike in the visa fee for Indian based IT firms is another issue which needs to be addressed. It has to be remembered that the growth of the US economy is partly impacted by these Indian firms who have established businesses in America. Catering to national security by financing it through increased visa fee is definitely not the answer to a problem.
The above would garner animosity between both the nations. This is because Indians are employed by many US based firms as well. So, such a fee should also be applicable for the US based employers too.
Above all, this visit is expected to bring about some major changes in the relations between the two nations and some Indian memories for the Obamas.
Again you find yourself running to make it on time. You’re already late… Too late. Your date is angry, threatening to leave right away or probably left… Wish you could do something to make up for this, or wish you could time travel and start off lil’ bit early…
Indians usually take it for granted, the time lapses. However not every where or every one may appreciate this habit of yours. Countries like North America, Germany, Japan and also Switzerland attach a lot of importance to punctuality. Even if you’re a core professional, the inability to respect your time and others, may not just earn you sarcasm but also cost you your job.
You religiously follow ISD i.e. the Indian stretchable time. Mmm not a good idea.
If this forever behind ness is the usual thing for you, be it in on personal front or professional you may be suffering from what is called “chronic tardiness”.
We usually never realize this; however, the best way to find out would be carrying out “aim tardy or/not scan” on yourself. If you’ve always made it off time(even your exams), you have a brigade of excuses ready each time, like “hey it was the traffic”, “I slept late” , “I had relatives come over”, “there was no water” blah blah..professionally your already nicknamed “nevamadeit willnevamakeit”. If sandals and swears are always hurled at you on your entry. You surely are the perfect recipe for the “one”.
The reason for this behavior can be manifold, it may be lack of discipline i.e. inability to prioritize things what we like to do and what we should do. Or you may you just like the frenzied state when your late…don’t be surprised, being late gets you anxious, that gives you adrenaline rush to “kick” start the day. Or it may be your inability to focus (attention deficit disorder).
Whatever the reason may be, a stitch on time should save nine. You could just analyze the time you take in going through your usual chores, talk to your family and friends, and try getting more organized. Help is always there, as long as you want to help yourself. If this change becomes a life style, you will not only be more productive, but you will be taken seriously to begin with…
I say don’t let the time rule you, rule the times. If immigration is on your cards in future, count on Abhinav for the timely help.
Once upon a time, the Internet Explorer was our only doors to the world of Internet. We used to wait patiently for each web page to open slowly and steadily. There was no concept of one window with many tabs. The concept of tabs was unknown but here we are today witnessing a war of browsers. This transition has come about in a matter of a few years.
Today, we have a wide range of options to select ranging from Opera to Firefox to the recently introduced Chrome. And so, the competition has begun! In the process, the Internet Explorer seems to be nowhere in the picture despite the introduction of its revised editions. Seems netizens are bored of this age old browser.
As the war continues among the browsers, Chrome which was launched by Google in mid-2008 seems to have overtaken all other browsers. Those deeply impacted definitely includes the Internet Explorer which seems to have been completely wiped out compared to whatever declining popularity it had. But then, even Mozilla Firefox seems to have not been left behind.
Today, the number of users catering to the Internet Explorer worldwide is less than fifty percent compared to when it was eighty-eight percent in 2003. This makes it even more important for Microsoft to ensure that it’s the latest version – Internet Explorer 9 brings the browser to its original standing.
On the other hand, Firefox was once the second most popular web browser. Until May, last year, it had a thirty percent market share. With the launch of Chrome, things seem to have changed! It is more like being at war where in each of these browsers have to protect their niche and before their users opt for other browsers.
For all us users, these browsers are free to download. So, not many of us realize that the business of web browsers is huge. Recently, Mozilla had released information that in 2008, the company had made revenues worth $79 million in the form of advertisements which pop up while a user is on Google, eBay or even Yahoo search box or when a Google toolbar is download.
Now, Google as always is ingenious when it comes to innovation. So, with Google paying so much in the form of referrals, would it not be better to have a browser of its own where in there is no additional investment? And so, Chrome comes into picture!
Now, the long-term advertising deal that Mozilla had with Google would end in 2011. No wonder, it has to seek new partners to keep its business running. And recently, it has been announced by Microsoft that Firefox 4 would have Bing in its search option.
At the same time, mobile web development is another niche area which has steadily started generating more traffic. This would become prominent in the coming years. As of now, the traffic through this medium has increased by 0.6% which was recorded in 2009 and now has further risen to 3.5%. However, in United States and Britain, this record has reached to almost 5%.
So, it would not be wrong to say the war is constantly raging with new mediums of accessing the web is coming into picture. So, time would tell whether it would be Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or any new browser which would win the users throughout the world.