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During the last visit to India, we talked--as we always end up doing--about the years in Neyveli.  I suppose we are a people who develop emotional attachments with the places that mean a lot to us.  In the conversations, Neyveli features a lot, along with Sengottai and Pattamadai, of course."Many of my

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A few years ago, when reading up about Boris Pasternak, I was delighted with the way he had phrased the statement declining the Nobel Prize (under pressure from the bastard Soviet overlords.)  Pasternak's statement, in a telegram to Swedish Academy, was this:Considering the meaning this award has been

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I often refer to an "original sin" that humans committed, which is the cause of daily complaints that we have about work.  You know, "the worst mistake ever," as Jared Diamond phrased it.   The

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Years ago--ok, two decades ago--I was preparing for an European vacation that included a few days in Italy. The web was in its infancy; there was nothing much in the web for Alta Vista, the search engine of those days, to tell me anything meaningful.  So, I read and re-read the Fodor's travel guidebook for Italy.

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Words I wish I hadn't known

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea that there were two words that would come to worry me a lot: Antifa and Doxxing.

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As trump continues to merrily sail with the supporting white supremacist winds (thank you, New Yorker) it is not only his adopted party folks who are trying to figure out how to deal with him and their own political futures--the Demo

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There's no business like ... sustainable business?

Profits are apparently better guides than prophets, as we found out post-Charlottesville.  To some extent, it should not surprise us; after all, businesses are all about the here and now, and not about heaven or hell.  So, if even

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While waiting for the Filipina to join us for dinner, I commented that the Philippines was fucked up big time by the US and Spain combined, with a good dose of Catholicism as well.  So much so that even now that country continues to be strangely dependent on America in ways that few other countries around the world do.

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About two decades ago, during my California years, one day I drooled so much for fresh, home-made முள்ளு தேன்குழல் (mullu thenkuzhal) that I decided to make it at home.Yep, get ready for the disaster story!I got the equipment ready.  The flour and spice

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In June 2016, I was in an airport shuttle van with an Armenian-American driver and two German tourists.  The male tourist said that because it is illegal in Germany to say or do anything supporting Nazis, th

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One of the strange essays that I read in the NY Times was this one on "Why Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism."The title had all the warnings for me--as an old pinkie, I am highly suspici

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It was thirty years ago, today too

The long and winding road ended at the airport in Madras.I sometimes refer to the end of that road and to the new beginning as my own "

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It was thirty years ago, today

It is the 14th of August in India as I type this.On the 14th, in 1987, I was in the old country.  At my parents' home in Anna Nagar.  Packing my suitcase and saying bye to people.The day had finally arrived.  I was headed to America.  To Los Angeles. To graduate school.

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In graduate school, a professor casually commented that unemployment is a privilege of the rich.  The poor simply cannot afford to be unemployed, he argued.I had a question right then but did not ask.  I was way too self-conscious about my accent and I worried that I might have to repeat the question i

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Those were the simpler days of childhood innocence. I woke up every morning looking forward to going to school, and to spend time with my friends.  It was a twenty-minute walk to the school, before the years of riding the bicycle.One school day, perhaps in the fifth standard it was, I was walkin

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"Old soldiers never die, they just fade away," said Douglas MacArthur.  To which maybe it is time we added a twist: The old are neither dying nor fading away that easily!I have complained enough about the choke-hold that older people have on everything going on in the world.  I have called th

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Two decades ago, my parents made their first and only visit to the US.  An incident from that trip that my mother recalled, when we were talking during my visit to India, revealed a lot about my regimented and boring life.  An incident about which I have no recollection till this very day.

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The disrobing of Lady Liberty

With trump as the president, I wonder and worry, more often than not, what his election and his presidency mean for the pursuit of knowledge and truth.  Of course I will wonder and worry about this, given that my profession is all about the pursuit of knowledge and truth."Everything but the truth" has been

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More than a year ago, I received a letter from a then 96-year old woman--"a member of the WWII generation."  She wrote in the letter, which was in response to my op-ed on homelessness in America:You and no one living in the USA at this moment would be where he or she is if my generation had not made i

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There are more and more homeless people in town.  And our town is no exception--growing numbers of homeless is an issue that seemingly every American city is dealing with.  At the same time, the economy is humming along and unemployment rate is down to 4.3 percent, which should convince anybody that homelessness i

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It was once the richest country in the continent. Now, its people are fleeing. Some of its women try to make a living by doing sex work in the neighboring country.  Those who haven't fled are terribly undernourished.No, it is not some cliched African country.  But, a country that until recently was a d

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Consider the following chart:

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When I read this essay, of course I had to tweet about it; after all, have I not bugged this poor guy,  and others, for years now with my commentaries on the meaning of life!

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Art is only skin deep!

The midsummer nightmare has begun. The forecast about a week of heat makes even this grown man want to cry!

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During the school summer holidays, we kids were dispatched to grandma's home.  When we returned, father almost always commented that we had gotten darker. Of course we were more tanned on top of the already melanin-rich skins. Unlike when school was in session, we were no longer confined to the shelter of the classroom

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I laugh because they had to do research in order to figure that out, when even half-baked and pretentious irreligious philosophers who blab, er, blog everyday have been saying that forever, channeling the wisdom from the old country!I had to follow up on

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Over the years, I have written op-eds in plenty in my attempts to convince people about the importance of educating the youth in the humanities and the social sciences.  The logic is a no-brainer for me: The concerns and worries that we have are not always problems for science and technology to solve, nor can science a

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Last week, I submitted an essay to a journal, in which I wrote: "Even the president of the United States cannot rewrite the logic of economic geography."  The logic can be redone, yes--but, only if enormous taxpayer subsidies are involved!The president's

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Back in the high school biology lab, I, like the rest of the class, pricked my finger and placed a drop of blood on a glass slide, which I then looked at through the microscope.I will tell you what else I do remember from back then.  I wondered if, like the biology book said, I might be able to see sperm in

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A while ago, I decided that I would not seriously follow the news about the old country, and not blog about it either.  For a simple but deep reason: Increasingly, people there seem to be bent on doing all the wrong things.  For one who is passionately attached to the old stories about the people and t

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