The complete lady’s ware

It is important to display signs in English to attract the foreigners as well as the Indian tourist from other Indian states.  Although India has Hindi as its national language, it is only prevalent in northern states of India… so English remains the defacto national language for many educated and affluent class.

We’ve hit 100k pageviews!

Dear pageviewers,
we’ve hit 100,000 pageviews sometimes in the early morning on Thursday 19th July.  A big thank you for this milestone to you all.  Please keep viewing.  So what did we do right?  Here is a review of the top-ten most-viewed post on Only In India!

Here is a small review of who you all are:

A short 6 months to 100k views!
Where are you from… What browser you use…

We would like to thank a few sites that referred to our pages and made this such a success, including

  • Beyond the Beyond: a blog on maintain by Bruce Sterling who tweets regularly @bruces and is always reporting on interesting stories on the net.
  • Boing Boing: a blog on the wonderful and strange happenings worldwide, but I don’t think they need much introduction…
  • Greek sport 24 Blog: A greek blog on various stories on the net.
  • My Blogworld: a large collection of the best of the blog world on publishing site. My Blogworld can be reached on twitter @GoodBlogPosts2
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The absurdity of Indian administration

A small background note: Alcohol distribution is handled by the state governments in India, with each state having its own archaic rules.  Here is a funny event in Bangalore (the sillicon valley of India), beer being a favourite thirst quencher of the IT crowd.  The administration in this case was obviously at pains to get rid of excess liquor on their hands.  Typical Indian administration is still reliant on an army of workers and mountains of paper work. In a growing market no one is able to keep track of demand and therefore mismatch between supply and demand occur… some clerk obviously ordered too much brandy!  Now what you should also know is that the head of these administration empires are unlikely to brainstorm on a problem and rather impose a solution! The article is well worth a read.