"It's a good thing that the rain they talked abut doesn't seem to be happening" she said.Yep, I was back in the grocery store and--yet again--engaging in small-talk with the checkout clerk. The difference is that I have rarely ever been at her counter."Oh, is that the forecast?" I asked.
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Every once in a while, people seem to wake up and realize that geography matters. And then they make a big deal out of it, while some of us--especially those who teach and think economic geography--wonder, ahem, if only you would listen to us!I have blogged many times,
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this post is equivalent to a weighty tome ;)Think of this post as a graphic-novel approach (of course, the graphics are not my creations. The cartoons are via the Statesman Journal, and the cover image i
Ah, yes, after this topic, which is about the certainty that we all face, perhaps bullshit is one of my favorite topics. After all, it takes a bullshitter to love bullshit ;)People talk about the past golden age, like the golden
As one can imagine, I have been thinking a lot more about education and the miserable state of affairs that contemporary higher education has become. And then I read
I often comment in my classes that the way humans will live in advanced economies towards the end of this century will be practically unrecognizable to those who lived and died in the early twentieth century. "It will be a sci-fi life to somebody from a mere hundred years ago" I tell them.Even now it is a
There was only one person working the sales register at the store, and she was experiencing technical problems. The two young women ahead of me in the line were getting antsy--not anything unusual in a contemporary world of everything right now, right away. One of them took out her smartphone and checked something; ma
The older I get, the more I am temped to respond with a "doh!" when I read stuff that I have been saying/writing forever. But then other than the few losers, er, readers here, who cares about what I have to say, right? ;)In
It was time.I had to get it done.I could not put it off anymore.I walked into the store that liberals love to hate. All because of that one thing.I walked without
I have sent a slightly edited version of this to the newspaper editor .. maybe it will be published, maybe not ;)The price of crude oil and of gasoline at the pump have been tumbling down to levels that most of us would not have thought possible.
I have blogged enough about the anti-GMO people who are invariably climate change activists. About how some of the liberals are also passionate anti-vaccination folks. Even though the scientific
It was one of those rarest of rare days. I guest-lectured, on campus. Really. There is at least one faculty colleague/friend who thinks I am worth her class time. The talk/discussions were about the caste system in India,
This recent post was about the pathological relationship that some have with women, and most of that pathology having to deal with religion. A
With Justice Scalia's sudden demise, there is intense speculation on the replacement. A name that seems to pop up in most commentators' list: Srikanth "Sri" SrinivasanNearly three years ago
"How are you?" she asked with her smile. A genuine smile. "I wish I knew" I replied. It is one of those evasive non-answers replies that I sometimes use in small-talk. "How you doing?
As I look back at my angst-filled teenage years from the comfortable distance of my middle age, I can see that sex was one of the greatest sources of angst. Sex seemed to be everywhere, and yet there were structures in place to make sure that there would be no outlet for those basic instincts. I would think that
Every once in a while, perhaps a tad too often to my liking, I ask myself why I blog, tweet, and Facebook my thoughts, leave alone the newspaper op-eds that I feel compelled to write. My writings are barely read by a few, and not remembered by any. So, "why this agonizing routine" is a question that worries me--
Consider this: In the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump cornered 35.3 percent of the Republican votes and 11.7% went to Ted Cruz. Together, that is just short of a majority of the GOP votes in the primary. In the Iowa caucus, Cruz won with 27.6% and Trump was second with 24.3%, which together is more than a si
Last week, after the show ended at the Iowa political theatre, I watched, thanks to my favorite television channel, Marco Rubio's "victory" speech after he came third. &nbs
It was class meeting unlike any other day. No, I didn't receive any award. No, the students did not sing my praises.Why was that class meeting special? Students were talking, and talking loudly with each other during the break. It was noisy, in contrast to the quiet time that the breaks a
Back when I was in graduate school, my apartment mate--who was pursuing a doctorate in marketing--always argued in favor of efficiency and speed. He was a good debater too, which made my thinking life both i
Re-posting this from two years ago**************"Did you watch the game, Dr. Khé?" asked a student when the class met on M
(Am re-posting this from two years ago)*******"Do you want me to move my car, sir?"
A late night email from a co-worker was unprofessional. But, after years in academe, I am no longer surprised. In fact, being polite and courteous, and sincerely engaging, are the kinds of behavior that will shock me--apparently, I am rarely ever shocked anymore ;)The morning came and soon it was tim
Blogging about the warmongers led me to think about Afghanistan. How much have we--the US--sunk in there? Of course, the war spending is a staggering amount. In case you forgot that amount, you might want
An awesome feature of this country, which has been home for this argumentative Indian for nearly thirty years, is this--it is one arguing society. The arguments challenge the status quo, some more revolutionary than others.Consider this: most states have sales taxes. But, almost all t
There are a few simple guidelines that I use to understand the world. Like, I will believe corporations are people the moment that Texas executes a corporation, or, MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) will be the future if and when a majority of Harvard's students graduate after taking a whole bunch of MOOC classes.
A few weeks after I came to this country for graduate studies, it was nearing Thanksgiving and the television ad for Alka-Seltzer that I watched then is what I refer to as American solutions to American problems.What was the ad about?In this ad, the audio commentary and the pictures presented al
It was after the move to Madras (Chennai now) that we first got a television set at home. In the Neyveli phase of my life, there was no television. The Indian government was slowly launching its state-run Doordharshan in one big city after another, and being in India's fourth largest city meant that we had been
If I described the working conditions like this:people [work] so hard that they will not have time for such mundane things as buying lunch or popping to the dry-cleanersAnd, if the workers considered taking a vacation, then the workplace seems to tell them, “take as little as possible,