Why you should care
Bhatia covers international subjects like no one else.
Sure, it’s an interesting topic, a shadowy Algerian spy chief who no one ever sees but is considered more powerful than the president. But in Pooja Bhatia’s hands, the story of Mohamed Lamine Mediène, AKA Toufik, is the equivalent of spy novel page turner. ”Rumor has it that Mediène receives visitors with his back turned, and that if you see his face, it’ll be the last one you ever see,” writes Bhatia. No wonder “Where’s Toufik? has been one of our top clicking stories for more than a week.
What’s really interesting is that two other recent pieces by Bhatia also made the Top 10 list.
At first glance, “Dynamite T&T” looks like a sleek travel article, a vision of white sands, turquoise seas and a surprising lack of tourists. But in taking a look a place that’s The Carribean as it Should Be, Bhatia uncovers why the island nation Trinidad and Tobago is so unspoiled.
”Trinis have a natural-gas boom to thank,” she writes. ”In the past 15 years, natural gas exports have grown from nil to 623 billion cubic feet (in 2011). Today, Trinidad and Tobago’s energy sector contributes more than 40 percent of the country’s GDP and 70 percent of its foreign exchange. This country of just 1.3 million people is the world’s sixth largest seller of liquefied natural gas.”
The upshot? “Trinidad doesn’t need your tourism dollars, tanks.”
Finally, are you interested in a $38 tablet? Apparently a lot of other people are. In “Tablets from the Developing World,” Bhatia looks at how the market for our beloved flat-screen devices, so far dominated by companies in the United States and South Korea, is about to go global. Soon it may be time to look further afield — way further afield — for electronic goodies. Like Haiti, maybe. Or India. Even Congo.
”Since 2012, tablet manufacturers have sprung up in these three developing nations, as well as others that are not exactly known for their tech manufacturing prowess,” explains Bhatia. ”What’s more, the developing-country manufacturers could give the Samsungs, Apples and Acers of the world a run for their touchscreens.”
Bhatia details who’s doing what, for how much and when to expect a $38 entry level tablet to hit the U.S. market.