Posts Tagged ‘india’

Force India F1 reveals their 2009 Challenger

February 28, 2009

The images are from

Pictures of India’s Lunar Mission launch

November 3, 2008

Pictures of India’s lunar mission launch. Taken from here:

India’s first Lunar Mission

September 22, 2008

India’s space program has been slowly gaining momentum. After launching numerous sattellites for commerical use, they have set their sights on the moon, literally. Their latest mission is to launch a probe to the moon. Specfically, they will jettison a device to the moon to create an impact that will result in moon dust flying around. The dust will be captured by the probe for analysis. The scientists hope to find minerals that may result in a new energy source.

This article explains it in detail.

Apparently, India’s space program has proven to be a positive investment. They claim they get a good return. This Newsweek article describes their remote sensing satellite and how it helped the people.

It argues that its space program has earned a return of $2 on every dollar invested by the government, according to Nair. For example, its remote sensing satellites, which map the Earth’s surface at a resolution of close to one meter, have helped find well water in dry regions, saving the government’s drill boring program $100 million.

That is very cool. Pres Abdul Kalam would be proud.

Google Sari – found in Delhi

July 2, 2008

taken from:

Here are some more details on it:

Illilterate people delivering thousands of packages. On time everytime.

June 14, 2008

I’ve always found this interesting, the tiffin delivery system that keeps Mumbai hunger-free.  It’s been a case-study of efficiency and organization, especially considering its paper-less system nor is it ‘managed’ in the traditional sense. BBC UK even had a documentary on it!

This link describes the system in details.

On how the tiffins are identified:

Every tiffin-carrier has the mark of a circle or a flower of a specific colour and a digital identity number. Take this Tiffin Mark for example-K-BO-10-19/A/15. K is the identity letter of the dibbawala. BO means Borivali i.e. the area from where the tiffin is to be collected.. The figure of 10 refers to Nariman point area. 19/A/15 refers to the 19th Building and the 15th floor in Nariman point area where the tiffin is to be delivered. Amazing.

On its history:

this is the oldest service system in Mumbai for the basic necessity of life i.e. food. It is reported to have started somewhere in 1880-85 when the total population of Mumbai was less than ten lacs against 1.20 crores of today. Leave aside the local railway, even the buses of B.E.S.T. did not exist then. 40% of the population was Parsi. The Tiffins during those days were served on bicycles, hand-cart, bullock-cart or tanga (horse-driven carriage). Service charge at that time was two annas (twelve paisa as per the current currency) against Rs.200/- per Tiffin today.

Forbes has an interesting article on it as well.

Not only are these tiffin folks efficient, but they are charitable as well!

Rs10 goes to the Tiffinmen’s Association. After minimal expenses, the rest of the Rs50,000 a month that the Association collects go to a charitable trust that feeds the poor

Very cool. Another example of innovation being a necessity of survival.