Reading about foreign investment in India and seeing Victoria’s Secret?


I’m in the middle of a giant research project on India’s engagement with the international economy and what it means for sustainable development. So it’s particularly weird when, as I read news stories from the Times of India about foreign institutional investor outflows, I am treated to Victoria’s Secret ads.

I get that Web advertising senses where I am and delivers me local advertising. But VS ads seem a bit of stretch.

I suppose it does add humorous new meaning to portfolio investment’s derogatory moniker: hot money.

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The lights of Port Blair

One-second exposure of the bay at Port Blair.

One-second exposure of the bay at Port Blair.

It’s painfully slow, but the Internet has followed me at least as far as Port Blair. I take a ferry from this lush, green, ramshackle burg tomorrow morning to an isolated beach. We’ll see if the Web comes along. (My phone however doesn’t work. Same carrier as the cell modem, but no signal.)

The above is a long exposure after sundown of the sea wall of Port Blair. Nothing stellar, but I like the “texture” of the water.

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Goodbye Kenya, hello Madagascar

Headed to the airport at sunrise

Headed to the airport at sunrise

After 26 days in Kenya, I’m headed to Madagascar. I’ll be reporting at a large titanium mine Fort Dauphin in the south of the country — one that a conservationist boldly told me was “on balance, better for the environment.” I’m also hoping to check out some biological preserves with St. Louis ties.

In the downtime, I’ll be chilling on the beach, maybe kite surfing, definitely fishing and playing with a lemur or two.

And probably not speaking much English. Madagascar is a francophone country, so while Malagasy is the official language, French is the Western choice. (If broken e-mails from my hotel in the capital Antananarivo are any indication, English isn’t exactly popular.)

S’il vous plait, I might be screwed. Or it will make for more entertaining adventures.

My plane departs in 67 minutes. Catch you on the flip side.

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