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The thief left it behind

The thief, left it behind:The moonat the window.Every single day is a humbling experience that I don't know anything.  How could one possibly know it all anyway.  But, the fact that we couldn't possibly know it all should mean that every one of us should be humble to the core,

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I shared with a few colleagues the higher-education related ethical issue that K.A. Appiah discusses in his NY Times column.In his reply, one colleague wrote:I am exceptionally pleased to discover that "The Ethicist" for the New York Times i

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Up until very recently, when we wanted to buy anything, we wore something relatively decent and walked or drove or took a bus to the shopping area.  The mall.  Which, of course, confused me when I was new to the country because the place to buy stuff is a mall, and an important landmark in the country's capital is

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The woods are lovely, dark and deep

After more than two decades, all of us--except my brother--went to the town where we had spent a good chunk of our lives.  A town that makes us recall nothing but good times, even though the ending was not what we would have scripted.

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These days, I wonder if what the white nationalistic folks are really afraid of is this: The "superiority" of the past three hundred years is rapidly ending because the browns no longer kowtow to the melanin-challenged.  And their globally aware white nationalist leaders are fully in the know that the vast brown world,

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Anger is everywhere these days.  From what I read, I understand that cable television news is pretty much about anger and hate. We humans are strange.  We are easy with public demonstration of negative feelings like anger and hate, but find it difficult--even in the privacy of the home--to tell an

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Wreck-it Ralph

By now, we ought to be used to him.  But, we can't.  The guy destroys one good thing after another, and then goes outside the country in order to destroy one good thing after another.However, we ought to give the guy credit for one thing: Unlike other politicians who say one thing while campaigning and

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I usually stay away from blogging about the old country for a simple reason: I have long give up on India.I know, it pains me to write that, and to say that I have given up on India.  But, the nature of my profession and my personality means that I end up saying and writing unpleasant assessments of life.

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Consider the following sentences:I do not believe that the meaning of the Constitution was forever “fixed” at the Philadelphia Convention. Nor do I find the wisdom, foresight, and sense of justice exhibited by the Framers particularly profound. To the contrary, the government they devised was defective

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There's something remarkable about breaking bread together.When we share food, it is more than merely about food, as I quickly realized when I came to the US.Siddiqqi, who was Pakistan, or

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My city is one of the many all across the country that are struggling to reconfigure the recycling collection, now that China has given us

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Many of the self-righteous, Bible-thumping, Jesus-loving "principled" Republicans voted for their party's candidate, despite everything about his life being un-Christian, for one important reason: Abortion and the fetus.

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Europe has become an anti-immigrant continent.  Germany, too, where its chancellor is fighting to hold on to her job, which is under threat because of her past strong support for immigrants, especially

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Sixty-one .... and ...

It was on the Fourth of July, in 1957.In Sengottai.Sixty-one and counting ;)

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I remind students that there is a really easy way to realize that we don't know a damn thing.  All we have to do is step outside and look at the living and non-living things around us and ask questions. 

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There goes the neighborhood!

A summer potluck was one of the many charming aspects of the neighborhood where I live.

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A pivotal moment in history

Lawrence Summers - What we can do in this dangerous moment: "we are in an economic environment where we have more to fear than fear itself. But this is no excuse for fatalism. The policy choices made in the next few months wi

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Made in America

(I have sent this to the editor)**********************************President Donald Trump claims that imported autos pose a threat to national security. With a theme of “build them here,” the President has threatened to impose tariffs—as much as 25%—on imports.

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I didn't taste my first strawberry until I came to America.That should not surprise anybody.  I grew up in a HOT near-equatorial place.  The fruits that I ate were bananas and mangoes and guavas and

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MLK said that.It is beyond my wildest imagination how MLK could have been optimistic.  To be that optimistic, even while fully knowing the horrors and horrible people all around, makes him an extraordinary human being.I, on the other hand, in an immensely more comfortable setting in 2018, am alw

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I teach classes online, too.  Like other institutions of higher education, my university also uses a learning management software to house and deliver the learning materials.Now, imagine that there are problems with this software and users--especially students--running into problems working with the materia

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In my personal life, I have ended friendships with people who voted for trump.  I have no space in my life for people who willingly sided with a horrible human being who has not only said and done godawful things but even boasts about them.But, that is my personal life.If I were running a busine

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When we were kids, my sister was a picky eater who said no a number of vegetables.  The elders almost always had the same advice: By refusing to even taste those dishes, she had no idea what she was missing.Decades later, she talks about some of those tasty dishes that she has now discovered.  "Remembe

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As trump and his party go all out in their racist war against immigrants, one of these days even his own minions will begin to understand that it is not white supremacy that made America great, but that only immigrants can make Ameri

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There is no tilt to this post!

Sunrise earlier today: 5:29 amSunset later: 8:59 pmTotal sunlit hours 15 hours, 29 minutes, and 34 seconds  And then a few additional minutes of twilight after the sun goes down.It is summer solstice.All because Earth is tilted.A slightly depressing thought--from now on,

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There is certainly one thing that makes trump stand out from previous presidents--he keeps his campaign promises.Remember Obama promising to close Gitmo on day one? Papa  Bush with his "read my lips; no new taxes"?trump, on the other hand, campaigned as a racist and promised a lot on immigration

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Gandhi preached self-reliance. We learnt about that school, and perhaps students learn that in India even now despite all the efforts of the modi toadies to rewrite Gandhi's and India's histories.But, self-reliance has its limits.  We cannot do it all.  Where lies the line between doing-it-yourself ver

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The other day, we saw a three-year-old boy running excitedly on the bike path with a huge grin on his face.  His mother--we assume that was the relationship--was a few steps behind.Nothing unnatural thus far, right?Except that the mother was texting on her smartphone as she was walking.  An

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Whenever other kids talked about their grandfathers, I realized all the more that I didn't know what it meant to have a grandfather.  My father's father died when my father was a 40-day old infant. My mother's father suddenly died of a heart attack when I was barely four years old.Of course, as kids we grow

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A few weeks ago, a student emailed me an update about her health condition.  She now had an official word on it: "what is called chronic, or stage 2 Lyme disease, which means the disease is very aggressive."

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