UK Economy Connundrum

The UK economy is beginning to heat up back to normal and the BoE needs to raise the base-low interest rate to achieve its inflation target of 2.0%. Because at the current record low of 0.5% the problem is that such low interest rates could lead to excessive demand in some parts of the economy, especially the London housing market, which is overheating rapidly and becoming a bubble, and this would mean high inflation. High inflation would result in a drop in living standards and create uncertainty in consumer confidence. We do not want this therefore rates should be raised to ensure stable inflation, however the problem with increasing interest rates is that means the rate of borrowing will be increased and research has shown that 2 in 5 households will be unable to pay their mortgage if interest rates rise. Another problem with raising rates is that the economy has not recovered fully yet and by enforcing a more contractionary monetary policy the BoE could inhibit future economic recovery as families will have to pay higher interest on loans and consequently real disposable income will fall and families will cut spending, causing economic slowdown. So what is the solution?

 

The BoE is thinking of leaving rates relatively low to ensure high demand and a good recovery and future growth but also using macro prudential tools to stop any subsequent excess demand. My solution would be to introduce higher taxes on foreigners as excess demand from foreigners in London is the root cause of the inflating house prices, which are forming a market bubble. If you sort this issue out you can keep interest rates lower for longer.

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Necesseties vs. Luxuries

Yesterday, I was driving, and the FM radio went off for few seconds. I thought I should have an iPod. Then suddenly I realized that I have not used my iPod in last 6 months. And then& more things, Handy cam in last 2 years, Digital Camera in last 2 months, DVD player in last 1 month and many more. Now I can say that I bought that Handy cam just out of impulse, I have used it twice only in last 4 years..

So, what’s wrong and where? When I look at myself or my friends I can see it everywhere. We are not happy with what we have but all are stressed and not happy for the things we don’t have. You have a Skoda, but you want BMW & you have a BMW, but you want Ferrari. Just after buying a new phone, we need another one. Better laptop, bigger TV, faster car, bigger house, more money.. I mean, these examples are endless. The point is what is it actually worth? Do we ever think if we actually need those things before we want them?
After this, I was forced to think what I need and what I don’t. May be I didn’t need this Handy cam or the iPod or that DVD player. When I see my father back at home, he has a simple BPL color TV; he does not need a 50″ Sony LCD wall mount. He has a cell phone worth $50. Whenever I ask him to change the phone, he always says “It’s a phone; I need this just for calls”. And believe me; he is much happier in life than me with those limited resources and simple gadgets. The very basic reason why he is happy with so little is that he does not want things in life to make it luxurious, but he wants only those things which are making his life easier. It’s a very fine line between these two, but after looking at my father’s life style closely, I got the point. He needs a cell phone but not the iPhone. He needs a TV but not the 50″ plasma. He needs a car but not an expensive one.

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It is very simple- Our ancestors treated Necessities as Luxuries, we are looking at Luxuries as Necessities. This is making our life miserable…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

This post is in response to this week’s photo challenge, the golden hour. (Details can be found at: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/the-golden-hour/) I encourage you to get involved if you haven’t done so already.

I have got a couple of small galleries in this post. The first being pictures taken in Italy a couple of hours after sunrise.

Amalfi Coast

This is a snap of the beautiful Amalfi coast.

This is a snap of the beautiful Amalfi coast.

Capri

Secondly some sunset snaps taken in Kabini National Park, in India.

Sunset in Kabini National Park, India

Sunset in Kabini National Park, India

 

Sunset in Kabini National Park, India

Sunset in Kabini National Park, India

Hope you enjoyed viewing the pictures!🙂

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The Most Technologically Advanced Country

This post is in response to this week’s writing challenge: The Best Medicine. I have posted a satirical joke. Some of you will have seen this before in a separate post found at: https://internationaleconomicmatters.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/india-is-the-most-technologically-advanced-country-in-the-world/, however this is the best piece of original satire that I can come up with so here it is, resubmitted for this challenge. Hope you like it:  

The Indian, American and British leaders all met up. They had come together so that they could dispute which of their countries was the most technologically advanced.

Indian, American and British flags

The American President first took the British and Indian leaders to USA. He then got his men to dig into the ground. The Americans went on digging. They went: 10ft…30ft….50ft…..70ft…..100ft deep into the ground. The men stopped digging when they got 100ft into the ground, because they found a wire. The American President said, “Look, my country is the most advanced we’ve had telecommunications in our country for 100 years.”

The British Prime Minister responded, “I’ll prove you wrong. Come over to Britain.” So all three leaders went to Britain where the Britons started to unearth their land. They went: 10ft…..30ft….50ft….70ft….100ft….130ft….150ft deep into the ground. The British PM said, ” Look, I told you we Brits were the best. We are certainly the most technologically advanced in the world. We have had telecommunications in our country for 150 years.”

The Indian PM then invited the British and American leaders to his country. All three of them flew to India. Once they got to Delhi the Indian PM instructed his men to start digging. They went: 10ft….30ft….50ft….70ft….100ft…..130ft…..160ft…..200ft deep into the ground. The Indians that were digging could still not find the telephone line they were searching for. The Indian PM then declared, “I always knew India was the most technologically advanced. Look, we haven’t found a cable after digging 200ft into the ground. This concludes that we’ve have been wireless for the past 200 years. You can’t beat that can you?”

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Technological Revolution

Today I am going to talk about how technology has revolutionised our ‘revolutions.’ (Hope you noticed my lame attempt at a pun in the title.) In other words I am going to discuss the impact technology has had and is having on getting us on our feet and motivating us to get on the streets and protest.

I personally see 2013 as a big turning point. All around the world in various continents people are rising up against their government and demanding for reform. Just this past week there have been protests in Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, Bulgaria and how could we forget the Arab Spring. All these different protests have had different starting points. For example in Indonesia people were demonstrating against higher fuel prices, in Brazil people were angered by higher bus fares, in Turkey people were protesting against a building project. As you can see in all these cases the starting point (‘spark’) has been different, however all these demonstrations have escalated to a point where the aim becomes a lot more serious and very similar. There has been a very clear message: WE WANT TO GET RID OF THE CORRUPTION, INEFFICIENCY, INCOMPETENCY & ARROGANCE OF OUR GOVERNMENT.

The message from round the world is the same and another thing common is the people involved in these revolts against government. It is the middle class that is involved and this middle class is not to be messed with. As the Economist puts it, “Politicians beware!” Previously protests would be organised by unions or large organisations but this is no longer the case. One thing has changed everything. That thing is technology!

Thanks to technology individuals can quickly spread information to each other via social media and protests can form from nowhere at astonishing speed. As seen in Istanbul, once the police set fire to an encampment in Gezi Park, the news of the event spread instantly via twitter and before you knew Turkey was in a national crisis with thousands on the streets protesting.

From a more personal point of view I remember how big an impact technology and social media had in shaping the London Riots of 2011, as I myself live in London. That time people were outraged by the police killing a local in Tottenham. (That was supposedly what people were protesting about, however I think it just got a bit out of hand and turned away from being a reasonable protest into a mad frenzy with some people joing the riots for the ‘kick’ of it and not to lash back at the police.)  The reason why I allure to the London Riots is because once again social media can be accredited with getting everyone on the streets. A few people tweeted some ‘stuff’ and posted ‘something’ on Facebook and within the blink of an eye people were outside burning down buildings.

I certainly think technology has had a significant impact on how we express our ourself and go about striving for change. It has made actions quicker and sharper and put the politicians under pressure.

This change is great, however technology is sometimes abused, with people posting false information and misleading people into revolting. Also in some cases social media does have a rather large negative effect, as seen with the London Riots, which weren’t pretty for an already down economy.

To end this post I would like to give my condolences to the relatives of those who have died in Syria. The Syrian uprising has been on going for 2 years now and the week that has passed marks a very unfortunate milestone. That milestone being the death of over 100,000 people in Syria due to the uprising. (The figure is according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is a British-based monitoring group.)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

This is my response to this week’s photo challenge (pattern) which can be found at: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/weekly-photo-challenge-pattern/#more-24539

I have got a wide variety of entries this time and to start of with I am going to present the patterns of beautiful Venetian architecture ( I think it’s good anyway)🙂

Now some photos from Prague. I thought a stained glass windows and a cathedral’s exterior would fit the bill? What do you think about the shots below?

Lastly, but not least, some snaps from Barcelona.  I truly loved my visit there. It has been some time but I still remember tasting the delicious tapas….

Colourful Abstract Statue

Patterned BenchIcon of BarcelonaPattern Feature

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

This post is in response to this week’s photo challenge, which can be found at: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/weekly-photo-challenge-from-above/

This is a small island of the big island of Venice.

This is a small island of the big island of Venice.

These decorative tea lights are light at the festival of Diwali, which is the festival of light celebrated by Hindus.

These decorative tea lights are light at the festival of Diwali, which is the festival of light celebrated by Hindus.

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Pilot Writing-A Time of Tension

Next week I have got a week full of exams in school. These exams are covering most of my subjects from Resmat to Maths. One of the exams I have to sit is English Language. I was doing some past papers for revision when I stumbled across a question, which asked me to pretend writing an article on a blog. So I thought: I am a blogger anyway, so there is no need to pretend. This post is in response to the exam question. Not only does it act as revision, it will also hopefully act as a post you’ll enjoy reading.

The question is:

“Write an entry for your online blog which describes a time when you felt uncertain or unsure about a situation you were in and explain how you overcame it. (16 marks)”

I was on summer vacation and I had gone to India to not only enjoy a holiday, but also visit family. I had spent a couple of weeks in Mumbai and decided to escape with my parents and paternal grandparents to my grandfather’s village bungalow in the rural parts of Maharashtra. Once we reached there I was pleasantly surprised to see some members of my extended family.

The day after I arrived at Poladpur, my grandfather’s home village. My family and I decided to take a visit the fort of Pratapgad, which is a famous location in Maharastran history, as it is the location where King Shivaji beat Afzar Khan in a battle. There were lots of us, about 9. At the time I was seven and my two cousins were even smaller so we managed to cram ourselves into a seven seater car in typical Indian fashion. There was also a driver.

We had devoured down a delicious lunch before we left and thank God we did. We left in the afternoon and embarked on what should have been a hour journey. We were about half way through the journey when we began to climb the lush green mountain of Pratapgad.

Pratapgad

The view was great and the wind gushing through the open windows hitting my sun baked face felt even nicer. Everything was jolly until we got a little further up the mountain. We were climbing a steep slope and the car got slower and slower until we stopped. We then rolled back a little, before we came to a standstill.

The driver unleashed upon us an unfortunate piece of news. He solemnly said that our tank had run out of fuel. We were half way up a mountain; stuck halfway up a mountain; with an empty tank.

We got off the car and tried to call for help, using mobiles as well as looking for help close by. As always happens in these situations; there was no mobile signal; and being halfway up a mountain, where nobody lived, there was no help either. We were truly stranded.

I was seven and the event was my problem to worry about but it was certainly a time of tension and for the first time in my life I swore in front of my parents out of the frustration of being isolated with no help in the middle of what seemed to be nowhere.

I was uncertain about what would happen and not feeling too great. My grandfather was having a go at the driver, who hadn’t done his job properly. He hadn’t paid attention to the fuel gauge and as a consequence we were now left despondent with no diesel left.

We stayed at the same location for about an hour, before luck came our way. A bus came down the mountainside. We managed to stop it and hitchhike a ride back home. I felt relieved and looking back on it I think we were very lucky that bus came down.

P.S. I know we got the car back, but I don’t know/remember how.

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Animal Photography

I would like to share with you some animal photography taken in Canada.

This creature was seen obstructing the road, so whilst waiting for it to move out of the way I took the pic.

This creature was seen obstructing the road, so whilst waiting for it to move out of the way I took the pic.

Owl

This was taken on the roadside. The authorities had warned not to get out of your car if you spotted a bear, but just look at it. I couldn't resist getting out of the car and taking a snap.

This was taken on the roadside. The authorities had warned not to get out of your car if you spotted a bear, but just look at it. I couldn’t resist getting out of the car and taking a snap.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Below is my response to this week’s photo challenge: culture, which can be found at: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/photo-challenge-culture/

To start of with I would like to say that I am a British Indian. I live in England and have been born and brought up here, but my parents are Indian, and I frequently visit India. The first picture gallery is showing rangoli, which is an Indian folk art. Rangoli refers to the decorative artwork made on the floor using powdered colours and rice.

I have presented to you one aspect of Indian culture. Now for some global culture. It is a tradition to cut a cake on someone’s birthday or a special occasion. Here are some of my and my mum’s birthday cakes from this year.

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