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every profession is a conspiracy against the laity

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Jesus said, "get the fuck out of here!"

President tRump, whose strongest supporters are white evangelical Christians, knows how Jesus would treat the homeless. 

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While I hadn't planned on it, this post is in a way a continuation of the previous post.  It is also about the role that language plays in our life.  Especially the first language.  The mother tongue, as we referred to in the old country.In

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The great danger in our age is nationalism

One of my early memories of Hindi, from my early years deep in peninsular India, was from when mother asked the gurkha why he was coming by way early in the night to check on the property, when he should be coming much later.As a kid, I was shocked.  Mother knew Hindi?  And, like most kids,

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In my early days of writing newspaper commentaries, rejections were in plenty.  One of the pieces that never was published was about the Rhodes Scholarship.Yep, about some obscure scholarship that perhaps even 99% of regular newspaper readers don't know about.  It certainly failed the "will it play in

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The following are real titles for articles in the landing page of The Chronicle of Higher Education:Is Meritocracy Hurting Higher Education?Are Colleges Complicit if They Fail to Keep Students From Defaming Professors?Why Elit

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As even the occasional reader of this blog finds out, there is no pretentious highfalutin crap here.  I am genuinely interested in many aspects of life and the human condition, and I try to understand it in the simplest possible ways.  I even suggest to students all the time that the key is on understanding and ar

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A few years ago, the university sent me and a couple of others to a conference in Kansas City.  The team leader suggested that we have dinner at a highly recommended restaurant that was a few blocks away.When we reached the restaurant, I understood why it had those high ratings from a certain group of consu

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Like anybody, I too am always delighted when my analysis is on the mark.Let me explain.A few days ago, in responding to a comment at this

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Way back--make that way, way back--in 2003, Samantha Power "profiled" rObert mUgabe in her essay with an arresting title: How to kill a country.How could the breadbasket of Africa have deteriorated so quickly

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From what I am able to track down in my blog, it was six years ago--also on September 8th, and also a Sunday it was--that I first thought of most suitable age when I could die.75.That number

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I didn't know Wiley nor J.R. until yesterday.Now I know them.  And Wiley's mother too.A news report referred to a post that went viral.  A post by a father on his 8-year old son's death.  A post in which he wondered whether all that time at work is worth it.So, I read

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As I was putting the clothes away, I noticed it.  I could see light through my trousers--the seat was frayed.I rushed to the closet and checked the other two pairs that are for my daily wear.  One looked ok enough.  The other had the telltale signs of a frayed bottom.Back in the old co

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Prose I can easily understand, even if I don't always get all the subtexts.  But, poetry is different. Right from the old school days, I have been puzzled that the poem's words say one thing and then the interpre

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A few years ago, when talking with a student, I asked him about his part-time job.  I knew he worked for UPS for a few hours every week.He had quit UPS.  Which is when he said something that I found to be interesting.  He said that he would never get hired again by UPS because he quit.  Appar

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As much as I believe that I am more American than most Americans are, there are times that I am pretty darn confident that I am way more "Indian" than are most people who claim to be immensely proud to be Indian.These false claimants are mostly ignoramuses who are barely familiar with the immensely rich cultures

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When we adults wake up, we begin to think about what to do that day.  As the poet-extraordinaire Kannadasan wrote in his astounding lyrics for

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By reading this, you contributed to climate change!

Work emails from one sender always comes with this signature line: "Save a tree, don't print me."Yep, the words are in green to convey the point in case it was not otherwise clear.It sounds wonderful, doesn't it.And then there is the

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The content of their character

"Couldn't you talk over a glass of wine or something?" asked the guest when I told her that the neighborhood's friendliness broke down after tRump became the GOP nominee three summers ago."Nope. For one, I don't dri

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Welcome to today's episode of "If only people listened to me!"For years, I have been ranting writing and saying that mantras like "recycle" or "become a vegetarian" is nothing but individuals feeling good about how they are helping the natural environment, but is really nothing more than, w

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Social connection and community in these "modern" times

Early in my life in Bakersfield, when I was impressed with the public-minded work a much older couple was doing, I decided to invite them for dinner at a local restaurant that served fantastic food.The restaurant, incidentally, was a lucky outcome for us lo

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Years ago, I wrote a commentary piece that no newspaper wanted to publish.  Maybe in my CV I should have listed the essays that were rejected along with the listing of the published pieces.  I bet that the rejections easily outnumber those that were found fit to be printed!Anyway, this particular comme

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Know thyself ... through your own stories

It was the photo that really drew me to the essay.An older woman holding up a photograph of her younger self.  And Indian looking.The older woman looked like my mother. Her younger self in the photo that she

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Remember that old Pepsi ad featuring MC Hammer?  I still remember that commercial not because of any fondness of Pepsi over Coke, but because of "feelings" that the macho rapper starts to croon.  I thought that the ad did young boys a huge d

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Nope, this is not about Robert Frost's poem.  Though, it might be a good time--actually anytime is a good time--to read that.Fire and ice--in addition to hate that tRump has been spreading--are very much defining the hel

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Until tRump's election, most of us went about our days, getting our news in bits and pieces from the newspapers, the news segments on television, and from radio.  We had no idea how much time we had to spend on our own lives.  We were practically selfish in the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.A

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My people are showing up in many places, far away from Silicon Valley.  Of course I am referring to people from India.Today, it is another. Niranjana Krishnan, who has authored this Aeon essay.

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I was a teenager when I went along with my family to visit with my father's cousin and her husband, who had been recently married.  Their home was in a part of Madras, as Chennai was known then, that seemed like a mosquito factory from where

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I did a quick check to spot my oldest entry relating climate change and the food that we eat.  Looks like this from 2014 might be it,  though there may be a few more from prior years--I don't have the pat

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A 400-year old sin

A few days ago, I got a heads-up on Twitter that the Sunday edition of the NY Times would include The 1619 Project.I told M that we had to buy the print copy because I knew that it would be a treasure for years to come.A while ago, I worried about the possibility of the hateful, racist tRump presidin

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