Friday, June 30, 2006

Hollywood versus Bollywood
Following the footsteps of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, the famous Hollywood star – Jackie Chan listed by Forbes magazine among world’s most generous celebrities has bequeathed half his wealth for philanthropy. In contrast, our Bollywood stars often make news for either evading taxes or getting dozens of tax notices from tax authorities, when not otherwise busy acting in films. They try to draw public sympathy and sometimes succeed in their efforts by projecting themselves as victims of political rivalry. It is a different matter that they want to adorn politics because of expediency. They also know that the gullible public holds them in so high pedestal that winning their support for any personal cause can be taken for granted. That makes a big difference between the two – Hollywood (H) and Bollywood (B) inasmuch as ‘H’ stands for Heart and ‘B’ stands for Bum!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Bill & Buffett Largesse
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett - the first two richest men of the world have, by donating most of their wealth for public charity, shown that they have magnanimous hearts. A sizeable portion of their contribution is meant for India and undoubtedly, the cursed poor masses will
benefit and bless the donors. Alas,Indian billionaires seem to be only interested in stacking their wealth more and more without having any consideration for the underprivileged. It looks, even in matters of philanthropy, we have to go a long way.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Should Enhancing Longevity Alone Be A Human Goal?
From time immemorial, man has been striving to enhance his longevity – to live longer than ever before. He has been remarkably successful so far despite setbacks caused by modern life diseases like cancer, AIDs and a host of other life-threatening ailments. Even though longevity has been on the rise, the self-goal of crossing the 100-year milestone still eludes him barring instances of individuals occasionally attaining such distinction.
The world may not boast today of having many centenarians. But with advanced genetic research, medical breakthroughs and improved healthcare, the 21st century is likely to attain an average longevity crossing the magic 100-year mark for the human race. Life is already not so smooth going for those in the age group of 60 and above. Those, who happen to watch today the aged struggle with their lives, may be appalled by the prospect of the world being swamped soon by centenarians. Such a scenario is likely to raise the basic question: Should efforts be merely to enhance longevity or improve quality of life? Who knows the question itself would someday become redundant – scientific and medical advances might have then mitigated the misery of old age living and centenarians would rule the roost.