My Coffee Budget Makes Me Rich in India

It turns out that what I spend on coffee alone would put me in the upper middle class in India:

Nearly 80 percent of India lives on half dollar a day

Seventy-seven percent of Indians — about 836 million people — live on less than half a dollar a day in one of the world’s hottest economies, a government report said.
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The state-run National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector (NCEUS) said most of those living on below 20 rupees (50 US cents) per day were from the informal labor sector with no job or social security, living in abject poverty.

Indian Mango Invasion

Anil Dash is all fired up about the arrival of mangoes from India into the USA:

Indian Mango Alert Level: Orangish-Green

Indian mangoes have arrived in the U.S. for the first time, and for me, my family, and my friends, this is a big freaking deal. I’ve got a lot to say about the subject, but if you weren’t familiar with the fact that this is the first time in history that we in the United States are able to eat mangoes that are actually from the place that mangoes were born, it’s time to get acquainted.

Anyone familiar with this? Are they available in Minneapolis yet? My interest has been piqued.

Google Gapminer

Check this out:

http://tools.google.com/gapminder

This tool shows the changes in life expectancy and per capita income by country over the past 30 years. Some countries steadily increase in both categories, like the United States. Others are more erratic.

1. China seems to have increase wealth more than health.

2. India seems to have increased health more than wealth.

3. South Africa’s life expectancy has dropped dramatically in the past decade. I imagine this is largely due to AIDS.

4. The effects of Genocide can be seen in the lower left corner when Rwanda bottoms out in the 1990s.