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It was a gorgeous autumn afternoon in the valley.  Yes, in case you forgot, it is a brand new season now.  The trees knew that even before Google doodled the change.Despite the wonderfully sunny day, there were very few people out on the bike path. Perhaps it was because of the football gam

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I have sent this across to the editorThe United Nations marks October 2nd as the “International Day of Non-Violence” for a very good reason--it is the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi.Gandhi, who was born in 1869, led the independence movement

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There is one page in the Economist that I always check out first.  It is the last page.When you have been reading a magazine long enough, you check out your favorite sections first.  I start with the last page of the Economist.  What's there?  An obit essay.

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I went to listen to the president give his annual state-of-the-college address.  He, like most educators these days, talked about how student enrollment growth is critical for the fiscal future of the university.  He used phrases that one would hear from a factory owner: production, products, pipeline, and--of cou

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I rarely see the usual people anymore.  Some of them have retired and gone away.  No Tyrannosaurus Elderex to be seen in this light of work, I suppose.  It was, thus, a young woman at the checkout counter.  Is

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I am absolutely pro-labor union.  Yep.I thought I should make that very clear to my rabid right-wing debaters, if they have not figured it out already ;)At

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Could that really be the case?  Could my eyes be deceiving me?I got closer. It really was what I thought I saw.It was a thirtyish guy, with a neatly trimmed beard, reading a hardcover book while seated on the bench by the river, with his bicycle leaning against the bench.A sight to b

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A decade or so ago, I met my cousin's son for the first time.He might have been about eight or nine years old back then.  He hesitantly walked up to me and asked, in English, "you live in America?""Yes. I have been there for a long, long time now."The kid was now feeling a tad more c

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In the old, old days, I would wander in the library and read whatever interested me.  The key word is "interested"--because there were plenty of occasions when I was interested in what I read but had no idea what the author was writing about.  It is like watching an avant garde movie, La Sapienza for i

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Think about this: Most kids and adults like to be entertained.  Most kids and adults alike do not care to invest time and energy into reading and thinking.  Are those fair enough generalizations?Thus, if we had money to spend along with the time, then most of us would shell out our time and money on en

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I have emailed the newspaper editor the following ...In a presidential campaign season that has mostly been a farcical political theatre at best, and one that seems to be on track for a terribly tragic ending on November 8th, serious discussions of policies have been sorely lacking. Eve

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While waiting for tune-up on the old 250 horses that get me around, I read this wonderfully funny short story in my favorite magazine.  I literally--and I mean the literal--laughed out when I read "bring

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A new academic year and I once again start worrying whether students will gain anything from my classes.  It is not merely the subject matter that I am concerned about.  In fact, I have often told students that the subject that I teach is merely a vehicle for something way more important, which in our university w

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One of the ideas that I get across to students when discussing the two-hundred year transformation is this: We may equally think of the transformation as a history of women.  The past two hundred years has c

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No, not to China or India ;)Remember this post from a few days ago?  That was publish

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Every once in a while, I wonder if I might open up the blogging window ... and draw a blank.  What if I don't have anything to write about?And then I laugh. Hysterically.  Because, the world story is full of strange twists and turns, and I love making meaning out of them.  In fact,

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I first came across the idea of "social contract" in graduate school.  "Aha!"  I realized that my teenage infatuations with various anti-social political elements were nothing but a result of my frustrations with the existing atrocious social contract and a desire to contribute to rewriting it.In recen

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Major Buzzkill tries to do optimism.  But, it is hard.  Deep down, there are worries all the time.  He blames it all on his very optimistic and cheerful grandmother whose night time prayer included a subliminal worry

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Quite a few years ago, I visited with my brother and his family when my parents were also there with him.  One evening, he said that there would be no cooking at home and that we would all go to a restaurant, which is what we did.  I was my usual dull and boring type, not stuffing myself with food.  And when

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My lines on this topic are variations of "my work is my hobby, and my hobby is my work" or "I would do exactly this even if they didn't pay me."  I know I am one lucky guy, at least when it comes to this aspect of life, which, is perhaps, an important facet of our lives.We have had to figure out what exactl

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As I have often remarked in this blog, reading great works of literature help me with trying to understand the "other," which is pretty much everybody other than me.  In the process, I begin to understand myself too.I have also blogged often that my intuitive, personal-observation-based, view is that despit

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We have a presidential candidate who, for months, has been at ease behaving

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Any time I come across a news item about the Roma, I am immediately reminded of my old high school friend, Srikumar.  I am always impressed with how he has dedicated himself to the cause of bringing together the Roma and the Czechs.  Yes, the Czechs, because that is where Kumar lives.  His life journey is a f

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Schooling, where the classmates came from different religions and caste, combined with the highly critical teenagerish thinking, made me acutely aware of the ways in which the society in which I was growing up was highly segregated. Going to my grandmothers' villages offered even more stark lessons: The streets

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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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