Nation of Beancounters


Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on June 29, 2014


Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on December 30, 2013

1. Ryanair versus Southwest Airline.

2. An economist’s Christmas.

3. Inequality of respect.

4. Female rapists in the congo. Irritatingly, the title that TIME chose ignores the 10% of male victims who report being victimized by a woman.

5. A twofer from priceonomics: Diamonds are bullshit and movie critics in a niche age.


Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on January 18, 2013

1. A day in the life of a Pick Up Artist.

2. Three hours in the life of a data scientist. “You just do random things when you run out of rational ideas.”

3. The design of business cards. Covers the basics of design; not of interest to someone who’s already familiar.

4. Hollywood movie poster cliches.

5. The economics of academic publishing. (registration required)

Bollywood goes protectionist

Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on November 2, 2011

Bollywood producers are lobbying for a ban on Hollywood (read: english) films being dubbed into Hindi.

[Producer Mahesh] Bhatt said, “There are similar apprehensions in Bollywood and everyone is planning to come together and fight this practice of Hollywood films being dubbed in Hindi or Tamil. We cannot allow them to have a right over our mother tongue and use it to their advantage just because they have the budget. Hollywood studios have big budgets for promotions and we can never match that. Hindi film producers are now planning to come together against this. Letters have been written to the I&B ministry secretary in the past also, and I can say with full certainty that something similar is on the cards now. We face similar issues in other states at times. For instance, I cannot get my movie dubbed in Bengali.”

I like how it’s framed as a cultural issue – can’t let those Westerners have a “right to our mother tongue”! – rather than a way for Bhatt to stifle competition and makes some extra money for himself.

Who’s against it? Cinema owners:

Deepak Sharma of PVR Cinemas says, “This is not a practical move … When there is no Hindi content in cinemas, it’s usually English films or English films dubbed in Hindi that get patrons to cinemas. So the cinema lobby will never agree to this.”

File under “non-tariff barriers to trade”.