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Monumental visions


The Museum of Islamic art in Doha has opened, bringing one architect’s star-studded career to a close.

Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art may signal the beginning of the Gulf region as a global cultural destination. The stark, Cubist monument also marks an ending – it will be the last major building designed by I.M. Pei.

A different Indian in Washington


When the Republicans formulated their response to the Obama budget, they picked Bobby Jindal to deliver it. Who is this staunchly-Catholic ethnically-Indian governor of the Deep South state of Louisiana, touted as the Republicans' best bet against Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential elections?

Many Indians aspire to be President of India. But only one Indian, at least for the moment, can aspire to be President of the United States.

The "A" List (Part 1 of 2)


Ten Asians making the news in America

From shore to shining shore, America is made up of successive generations of immigrants. But it has always found it difficult to accommodate those who came via the Pacific instead of the Atlantic.

Look, ma! No buttons!

No doubt about it, the iPhone does not look like other cellphones—it has no buttons and no keypad. What it has is a screen that changes its display in response to finger taps to either a virtual keyboard or a virtual phone pad or a virtual movie screen or… well, you get the idea.

Instant noodles rule the world!


It is the most popular processed food on earth, and by far the most controversial. Its supporters say it is the ideal food for the masses and one of the 20th century's great inventions. Its detractors call it a weapon of mass destruction and blame its high sodium content and preservatives for widespread malnutrition from the Philippines to Mexico.

instant noodles

Easy to prepare and stomach-filling, it has become the staple diet of the world's dispossessed and victims of war and disaster.

Nano car. Big questions. (Part 2 of 2)


Is Ratan Tata a hero or a villain? His Tatan Nano car is set to put India’s lower middle class on wheels with its unbelievably low price but at what cost to the environment?

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That was what Ratan presented in New Delhi when he, accompanied by electronic fireworks and the theme song of 2001: A Space Odyssey, drove what looked like an enlarged white jellybean onto the stage of the auto expo.

A wet and salty treat


"Daddy, what are we having for dinner?" we asked. My mother was in the hospital and my eight-year-old brother, my father, and I were on our own for food. What could three people who did not know how to cook, cook? We’d never made anything more than simple sandwiches.

The answer came in a box from the Korean grocery store.

If you knew ramen like I know ramen

Around 300 AD the Chinese made wheat flour noodles. They never patented the idea and the humble noodle travelled east to Korea and Japan with the spread of trade and Buddhism.

Moral anaesthesia


Cost cutting at his clinics has cost wealthy Nevada-based physician Dipak Desai his reputation.

More than 30 years ago, a young Indian doctor called Dipak Desai landed in New York looking for fame and fortune. Since then he has found fortune. On September 27, 2009, he will have national, if not international, fame, though not the way he might have wanted it.

2008: The Chinese odyssey


Forget all you learnt about Columbus. It was the Chinese who discovered America.

And no, it is not China making the claim.

The Menzies were in Beijing to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary but Gavin went home with more than souvenirs and photographs. The retired British Royal navy submarine captain returned to London with the foundation for a book that would rewrite world history.

As they toured, his guide was getting exasperated, unable to answer his questions.

"Why were the Forbidden Palace, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall near Beijing all completed in 1421?" he asked.

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