I just finished reading In Spite of the Gods. The Strange Rise of Modern India by Edward Luce. It is the perfect companion to China Shakes the World. The Rise of a Hungry Nation by James Kynge.
I finally got around to watching Devdas. The dvd had been lying around for some time, but because of its Titanic length, it had remained in the pipeline. Since I had just finished reading Edward Luce's "In Spite of the Gods. The Strange Rise of Modern India", the moment had finally arrived.
I just went to see Our Daily Bread, a brilliant documentary about the food industry directed by the Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter. The film is entirely without commentary. All you hear are the sounds recorded during the actual filming. It is hard to imagine what a voiceover could have added. The images make any commentary superfluous.
While supermarkets and today's hypermarkets do have benefits, they also produce ripple effects that are often overlooked. One such ripple effect is the transformation of shopping culture and the destruction of social ties.