Google's yet another innovation - Google trends - allows you to compare the search volumes between multiple items. So you can compare, say India & China and see how 'India' is searched more than 'China' during Indian elections or something.
I wasn't sure if it worked well until something crossed my mind... have a look at the screenshot below:
While we can see how Kareena is more popular vis-a-vis Riya,what's striking is how Kareena's graph has an insane spike in 2004 endand how Riya had been more popular for a relatively longer timein 2005.
And then the 'A-ha!' moment occurs... remember the MMS clips? ;)
And clearly, while Kareena's kiss did generate a momentary curiousity, it is only when Riya took it 'to the next level' that got people coming backwith utmost loyalty.
Now that's some TRENDSpotting, huh? Good job, Google!
Travelling can now be a very affordable hobby, thanks to Google Earth. Going through new places with a bird's eye view is so much fun!
I was looking at Mandalay in Myanmar (Burma) and I saw this: The city looks so well-planned with roads meeting at perfect right angles and houses arranges in perfect squares... Even the river here turns at a right angle!!!
I don't know about others but for someone who's born & brought up in a city like Mumbai, this is very fascinating.
I have always said that I hated the USA. Hate, perhaps, is too strong a word to use for the feeling, but I sure have a strong dislike for the country.
I looked at people here, who went to the US with the Indian version of American Dream - dollar salaries, nice house, better cars - as weak. People who took the easy way out.
Ditto for people who escaped to the UK, Australia, New Zealand...
I don't know how to react to the fact that there are people in America who have only seen the American map in school. Remove that continent from the world map and they would not be able to spot where America is. Because they do not know where the rest of the world is.
I always looked at Americans as a bunch of dumb people. With exceptions.
I hated George Bush. Hated the war. Hated the fact that Hate, for sure isn't too strong a word to describe what I feel for Dubya.
I believed that Bush was the epitome of American Dumbness - Dumb Dubya.
And I was sure America was a dumb nation because they voted him the President. Twice.
Toady, however, I see hope. And I see myself liking the country a little.
America, perhaps (one of?) the greatest example(s) of racism in today's world, has made a statement. That its time we start looking at people as people.
When a 'black', Muslim at birth (also very young at 47) is given what the media calls the most powerful job in the world, I see America performing its repsonsibility as the biggest superpower of our times and setting an example for the rest of the world.