Proof of the Commodification of Fidget Spinners

Spotted today at a roadside stall here in New Delhi. Yes, this bag of snacks comes with a free fidget spinner. This raises a few questions. First, how inexpensive must these toys be that they’re included with such low cost items? Second, how many consumers do you think will unwittingly munch on the toys?

Photo: the Most Laid-Back Delhi Street Dog Ever

I have posted before about how now only are New Delhi street dogs clever and enterprising, but also totally unflappable. The often straight up sleep on busy sidewalks as people step over and around them amid this buzzing metropolis of 26 million. But the mutt pictured above, which I encountered recently at the popular Khan Market, takes […]

By Me Today: India’s Ola in Talks to Raise Up to $2 Billion

The story begins: NEW DELHI—Uber Technologies Inc.’s rival in India, Ola, is in talks to raise as much as $2 billion, a cash injection that would provide added fuel to fight the San Francisco ride-hailing giant in the world’s second-most-populous country. ANI Technologies Pvt.’s Ola, based in Bangalore, is in discussions to receive the funds […]

By Me Today: Google Wants a Piece of Mobile Payments in India

The story begins: Alphabet Inc.’s Google is aiming for a piece of India’s booming—but increasingly crowded—mobile-payments business. The Mountain View, Calif., tech giant on Monday launched its first-ever smartphone app that lets users transfer money to individuals and businesses in the country without the use of a credit or a debit card, a crucial factor […]