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Dean Kirkland

Sriram blogs. A lot.

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The summer after the first year of graduate school, I went to Venezuela with a group of fellow graduate students for three weeks on a research project.  After the first two days in Caracas, we proceeded to Maracaibo, which was the project site. It didn't take long for many students to grumble about the heat

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"My parents died more than a decade ago.  Spend time with them when you can.  I am happy you are doing this."That string of sentences did not come from a member of my extended family.  Nor from my narrow circle of friends.  But, from the taxi driver who dropped me off at the airport.

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The term has ended.Another academic year is over.When grading the papers, as always, the first thing I did was to quickly scan through the last pages.  I am not being weird--students have trained me to behave this way.  It all started with a poem a long time ago.  Little did I know tha

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It is one of my favorite movies ever.  It is not only because of the fantastic movie it is, or for how uniquely the movie depicted humans and aliens communicating with each other, for Dreyfuss' crazed and possessed looks ... But also because it is a reminder of a glorious time in my childhood.I was a little

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When recalling old stories with people, with many of the narratives resulting from others' less-than preferable action and words, father used a line from an old Tamizh film song, authored by the prolific poet,

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"Did you watch the horse race?" asked my neighbor a couple of days ago. He was referring to the madness over the triple crown in horse-racing, fully knowing that I don't care about such races.  Yet, he asked me that because he knows I am a news junkie.  Of course, I was aware that the triple-crown didn

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After "five years and thousands of pages of filings":The class-action lawsuit filed by lead plaintiff Ed O'Bannon -- a former UCLA star basketball player -- calls into question the long-held N

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"The children were excited and curious about the gum and injection bottle temple" father said.The children from the extended family are no four-year old kids, but are high school students and older.  But, I suppose to an eighty-four year old, there is not much of a difference!The "temple" that f

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Oh boy, for a news junkie like me, what a day!  I mean, what a day!From the West Coast, which is known for literal and metaphorical earthshaking:

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I love honest and blunt conversations, which are increasingly rare these days.  I care not for those euphemisms and artificial sweetness.  And then I wonder why colleagues shun me and why students do not want me as their instructor! ;)You can then imagine my sheer delight when my RSS feed (ht) linked t

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"The monsoon has set in Kerala" father said with a great deal of excitement in his voice. Talking about rain and water is very much a part of life among my people in the old country.  I suspect that I, too

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Perhaps it was the six years of graduate schooling that has made me pay attention to the paranthetical comments even in the regular publications.  Like in The Economist the other night; there I was in bed reading through the lengthy special on Asian businesses when I laughed out aloud, and

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One phenomenally good news about my fellow Americans is this: 19 percent do not think that god was involved in how we came about.Yes, 19 percent and that is good news. Because it is an all-time high, and has doubled in thirty years. Yes, doubled.And, yes, in thirty years.Now for

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Over the past decades, the push for collegiate education has systematically led to a marginalization of career and technical education (CTE) programs in schools. More than a marginalization, there has been an unhealthy shift in attitudes that view college-preparatory programs as being superior to CTE pro

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In responding to, and reflecting on, an essay that I had required the class to read, one student agreed with the author that the classics in literature helped her know more about, and understand, herself.  "I learnt a lot about who I am from reading Dickens and others" she said.Higher education no longer re

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 “Isn’t the purpose of a university to stir discussion, not silence it?”Isn't it pointless anymore to ask such questions?  The purpose of a university to stir discussion?  Huh

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On this 25th anniversary of that horrific event, and looking across at China as the world's factory now, it does feel like that was all a bad dream. A mere dream. If only the massacre were a bad nightmare!

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Sometimes a man has chocolate cravings. Ok, that man was me. It was, therefore, a bad time to see this on the store shelf:

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The answer is not as easy as one would like it to be.For once, there is one commentary that I agree with without any qualifier at all:The question “Is college worth it?”

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History suggests consumers will adapt fast. In 20 years, miracle cures for the old will come from Japan, the best web apps from India and couture from China. And cornflakes, once a cutting-edge food, will be rivalled by congee and dosas, sold in boxes by a global brand. Asian capitalism will change the world

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I grew up in an India that is vastly different from what the country means to its current middle class. Back then, in the upper-middle-class home and context in which I lived and thought and did stupid things, we lacked a great number of material comforts.  In the hot, hot Neyveli,

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Perhaps I am also a version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  Aren't we all to some extent that way, in terms of how we display one personality in some contexts and a different personality when among a different set of people? I am Mr. Hide, when I am on campus and in the context of faculty, and behave like Just

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In the summer of 1963, JFK rallied up the spirits of the people in Berlin and West Germany with some of the best lines ever:Two thousand years ago, the proudest boast was civis romanus sum ["I am a Roman citizen"]

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When I was a kid, the elders often appreciatively commented about the quality of writing in the newspaper that we subscribed to--The Hindu.  After coming to the US, however, I have always been shocked at the atrocious grammar there and wonder whether it was the case even back then, or whether the quality has rea

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"Did you see that snake on the road?" I asked.We had taken a country-road, a back road, instead of the highway.  After the tasty picnic-lunch by the lakeshore, when exiting I saw a board that indicated this other approach to the destination.  

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"I am sure you guessed by now I am a native-born Oregonian" I quipped. I think I am funny and the best part is that I am also the first to laugh at my own "jokes."  It doesn't take much for me to keep me amused!That was at the haircut place a couple of days ago.  My

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"After you take photos, do you remember the photos?  Do you ever go back and look at them?" asked the friend a few weeks ago.Even my daughter would have responded on my behalf with a emphatic yes.  The daughter once commented, with a highly annoyed tone and look, that I perhaps even remember every damn

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I have no idea whether Osama bin Laden chose 2001 for his ghastly plan because he knew that it would be the first year in office for a newly elected US President.  Given the evils that bin Laden schemed up, it is probable that the timing was intentional. September 2001 was not the first time that the newly

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Over the weekend, in a conversation with the friend, I recalled the saying in the old country, "ரிஷி மூலம் நதி மூலம் ஆராயக்கூடாது (do not try to trace the origins of sages and rivers.)  The idea is that in both the cases, the

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