In a moment of grunge beauty that opens the Indian film Dhobi Ghat, a construction worker squats silently on his haunches, gazing out on a forest of spanking new skyscrapers soaring above the teeming warrens of the slum where he lives.
Awkwardly slung around a dippy three-way love story, Dhobi Ghat, whose English title is Mumbai Diaries, is at its most engaging in just such encounters between Old and New India, cultural collisions in a city rushing headlong to the vanguard of global clout.
Google will soon have a new CEO. Oh, and the company earned $2.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010, a 29 percent increase over the previous year.
But it was the news that co-founder Larry Page will become CEO on April 4 that caught everyone off guard when the search giant announced its financial results. Everyone expects Google to make gobs of money each quarter. No one seemed to anticipate that current CEO Eric Schmidt would be ending his 10-year run in the job.
Now that House Republicans have upheld their election promise by voting to repeal President Obama's health care law — a largely symbolic act — their real work begins: trying to replace the law with what Majority Leader Eric Cantor calls a "better alternative."
But GOP leaders remain mum on which provisions they intend to replace — or how long it may take to deliver new legislation.
On Thursday, the House directed four committees to begin drafting alternative proposals. The resolution got the support of 14 Democrats.
I sat down this afternoon for a quick chat with Jasmine Garsd of NPR Music (the co-host of Alt Latino) and Andrew Wallenstein (a frequent NPR contributor on all things entertainment and a senior editor at Paid Content), which airs this afternoon on All Things Considered.