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As we were enjoying the tastiest Morrocan sweets and the freshest strawberries, I paused.  "I know I say this a lot, but I want to remind ourselves about the awesome life that we have. With such food in plenty. On a great summer evening."

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It was a charming sight of a father with his two young boys with closely cropped blond hair.  The older one looked about 8 or 9, and his brother looked two years his junior.  Interestingly enough, the older one was crying as the three walked towards me and then past me. The father was wearing cargo sho

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It is not unusual for young people coming from traditional Asian and African countries to remark that here in the US we shunt away the old, unlike the importance of elders in their communities.  Pseudo-anthropologists rave about how in traditional societies the elders are asked to weigh in on important issues.

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(A re-post from three years ago)August 15th is India's Independence Day.In marking the transition from the British rule to freedom, India's first prime minister referred to the moment as "tryst with de

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The two major party presidential contenders are no spring chicken.  Senators who ought to have retired long ago continue to run and, even more bizarre is how they get re-elected; there are 25 current senators in DC who are at least 70 years old!  A quarter of the Senate!  I hope

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As I have mentioned often here, in graduate school, I had to familiarize myself with many new ideas and concepts that were far removed from electrical engineering.  It was a wild time.  I bet that in those initial couple of terms I might have even come across as an idiot, and perhaps more than one even wondered ho

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When my parents sat down and updated the family's cash flow accounts, which they did every few days, we kids were assigned tasks as well--from recalling the expenses to adding up the rupees and paise.  Thus, I grew up with no illusions of money stashed somewhere.  Knowing how my parents were cautious about every p

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The onion slipped from her hand and headed towards the floor.  Gravity.But, I didn't hear the thud of the onion landing.  She reached down to the space under the counter and near her knees and extracted the onion."Nice save there" I smiled."No problems even if it had fallen down

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Everyday something or the other completely amazes me.  It could be nature, my own stupidity, or an impressive achievement.  No, the achievement is not an Olympic gold medal--after all, you know well what I think about that expensi

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My father (and this guy's father, too) was among the many from his generation of public sector employees who missed out on pensions--they were not offered those benefits back then.  Thus, there were a few years when my brother and I regularly sent our parents

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Early on, I  realized that I had a limited vocabulary.  One classmate knew words that I could not even find in the primitive dictionary that we had at home.  As I have noted many times here, my best friend from high school

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A few weeks ago, I wrote here--yet again!--about how reworking the social contract years ago could have helped in many ways. It is darn frustrating that something that has been so obvious was never the majority vi

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A few weeks ago, the friend and I, while traveling around in this gorgeous part of the world, visited with a student of mine at the family farm where he has been working pretty much right from the day after the academic year ended.  A wonderful guy he is--both as a student and as a person--and is perhaps even more comm

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The dog days of summer, and the dog days of the presidential election season have coincided.  One party does not care about the daily warmth nor the long-term climate change:The platform approved by a voice vote yesterday evening doesn’t explicitly question the science behind climate change. But it

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As a huge fan of short stories, I always look forward to the fiction in my favorite magazine.  With rare exceptions, of course--

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A couple of years ago, a 700-page book that very few people read (not me!) was discussed by a whole lot of people (including me, of course!)  I am deeply  impressed with the ability of those who can read tha

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One of the ideas that has been most destructive ever to the environment is actually a very short phrase.  "To go", as we say here in the US, or the "take away" in some other parts of the English-speaking world.When I was a kid, if we wanted to drink tea or coffee, we had no choice but to sit down at the sta

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I don't believe in anybody up there controlling the strings to our puppet lives.  Yet--and perhaps even more than those who believe in their favorite puppet-masters--I frequently express thanks for the phenomenal life of abundance and health, and for the luck that I have to be alive now as opposed to, say, even a hundr

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I justify playing bridge online with an argument that it helps my thinking skills!  Ahem, one needs to be able to think to even offer such arguments, right?  I have blogged in plenty,

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Evan Osnos--remember him?--writes about tagging along with Zhang Yuanan, who had been sent to the GOP convention by Caixin Media, a Chinese news organization, in order to understand Trump and his blame-China rhetoric

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I listen to the radio.I play music CDs.I play the old cassette tapes and listen to the music, especially the mixtapes.I play the even

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Back when I was a kid, my parents dragged us to religious discourses where pundits interpreted the holy texts for us nincompoop believers.  Pulavar Keeran and Kirubanandha Variyar were the kind of people who helped me understand the role of religion and about India's rich literary history as well.  The good s

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Back in India, when we were kids, towards the end of one school year, a puppy wandered into our compound and made himself home there.  We kids loved the sight of a puppy, of course.  The traditional, and orthodox, household we were, the puppy had to remain outside.  Mother gave him food and he was happy. &nbs

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I do not know how people outside the US deal with the electoral college aspect of the presidential election.  I started explaining that to my father when he hurriedly moved on to another topic.  Or, maybe it was because of my long-winded way of explaining anything that puts students to sleep ;)The elec

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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.  Heck, there are angry people even in my own neighborhood.  We humans are strange.  We are easy with public demonstration of negative feelings like anger and hate, but find it d

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For a while now, I have not blogged anything that is focused on India.  Of course, I refer to my experiences in the old country because of the autoethnographic approach in my way of understanding the world.  But, it has been a long, long, while since I commented on anything that is going on in India.

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As much as I enjoyed the sarcastic humor in the Daily Show and the Colber Report, as the years went on, I stopped watching them.  For one and only one reason: I worried that instead of getting enraged, we were merely laughing things off.If you were to go back and watch some of those clips, I bet you will ag

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Democrats are notorious for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, which is one important reason why I would not rule out

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I love sleeping.Even during those long flights to India, and even if I don't get a free upgrade to business class!  I typically start a movie, wear the awful headset that the airlines distributes, and then a few

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Re-arranging my belongings at home provided me with an opportunity to re-read some of my newspaper commentaries from years past.  I am pretty darn impressed with myself, I tell ya.  For one, even in my earliest commentaries, it is clear that I quickly learnt how to write, after a disastrous start in graduate schoo

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