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This blog discusses the experiences of a consulting professional currently working at EmPower Research, a firm that provides decision support services to clients through offices in NYC, San Francisco and Bangalore, India.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Vegetarianism Helps Environmental Protection

Read a great article today where Paul McCartney has clearly endorsed the vegetarian movement as it causes less environmental damage...felt very glad to read it.

The rationale behind this analysis is that it takes more resources (food, water, medicine and human effort) to breed and rear animals for consumption vis-a-vis the veg route.


Here's to vegetarians worldwide, we rock!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Globalization Continues At a Scorching Pace!

On my recent visit to the USA that ended last month, I was pleasantly
surprised at the transformation that is taking place at various levels of
day-to-day life.

1. The ticket booking process was a very good learning and educative
experience using sites such as and My choice was British Airways.
2. The process of online check-in including meal preferences, seat
selection and boarding pass generation was a very welcome and convenient
experience and a first for me in relation to international travel
3. I was most impressed and surprised to note the breadth of
entertainment services lined up on board the flight……obviously, it should
not come as a surprise that I watched three movies on one leg alone.

The whole experience made me realize the extent of of technology control
over our lives – especially the internet. I wonder how the future experience
would be, especially when internet access aboard the plane becomes a reality
and complimentary at that…interestingly, I came across two very interesting
crystal-gazing attempts at the future of air travel – one written by British
Airways and the other on Forbes. The thoughts they reflect really make me
wonder on the net effect of travel on the future traveller…that is something
I would love to witness.

Another phenomenon that I witnessed was the increased proliferation of
vegetarianism in the USA. This was not the case during my trip around 5
years back when a vegetarian meal availability was more of chance than

Now, every eating place has a good choice of vegetarian and healthy food
options -> a definitive transformation towards managing calories and
eventually health better. And yes, one cannot forget the C phenomenon.
Everything and everything is made in China, China and China. Their influence
is very dominant in our lives today (I realized their fooprint in India is
no less when I visited one of the local toy shops…they are definitely taking
over the world!)

This is clearly a case of an increasing pace of globalization that I have
been witness to.

One is coming across more and more of such examples on a daily
basis…..geography has surely become history!!