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September 23rd, 2018

Something happened a couple of nights ago, and I ended up watching almost two hours of opera arias and classical music, thanks to YouTube.  As I was wrapping up the show that I curated for myself, I remembered a piece that I came to know when my daughter was taking voice lessons two decades ago.I searched f

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September 22nd, 2018

If you don't know what the mushroom and toad are that I am trying my best to forget, well, you are one lucky person on this planet!Until two years ago, many of us had rich lives with plenty to read and watch, and talk about.  And then he happened.  And has sucked the oxygen out of everything else.

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September 21st, 2018

The bottom-line first: "the central question about storms in the Asia-Pacific is who pays for the damage." Although China is now the world’s biggest emitt

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September 20th, 2018

It was a tad cold on campus because I was in my short-sleeves.  I cursed myself for my sartorial decision.  But then it is not easy to get over the habits of the glorious summer.  Hey, at least I was not in my sandals. I stepped outside to admire the cosmic blue sky with white clouds, against

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September 19th, 2018

“How many will pass away and how many will be born? Who will live and who will die?”I had no idea of that couplet until I read this opinion piece in the NY Times.  It is a part of Yom Kippur prayers.  A day in which we remind oursel

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September 18th, 2018

Listening to the South Indian classical music--carnatic music--was a serious passion among most elders in the extended family.  Appreciation of the music came quite naturally to me and I was beginning to get really good in recognizing the ragas even from the first couple of notes.  It was wonderful until ..

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September 17th, 2018

One of the long-running topics in this blog is about how girls, who have been discriminated against historically all through the world, are now rapidly redefining what it means to be woman, and about boys whose worlds appear to be shrinking.Now, don't jump up and aim for my jugular immediately as a reflex. 

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September 16th, 2018

It is not the meteorology in which I am interested.All these are natural events.  And, yes, human activities warming up the world have added power to them.But, a natural event by itself is merely a natural event.  It is the equivalent of the old philosophical question on whether a tree fall

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September 15th, 2018

An edited re-post, remembering my grandmother on the anniversary of her death.************************************************************She died 38 years ago.  The cosmos handed her an extremely raw deal.  Misfortunes

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September 14th, 2018

English as the second language gave us plenty to laugh about.  Especially in school, where some teachers were more at ease in the local vernacular.Our physical training (PT) master was one of those.  As school kids, most of us did not know any better than to make fun of him. In my middle-age, as I look

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September 13th, 2018

Because of our traditions, we've kept our balance for many, many years

Manahatta was one of the plays that we watched in Ashland this past June.  It was not in the top-tier of plays that I have enjoyed there over the years.  It certainly had an innovative storytelling by showing the

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September 12th, 2018

Six years ago, I blogged about the falling Indian rupee, which had reached "an all-time low of 55.03 against the dollar."I am not an economist nor a finance person.  Common sense and critical thinki

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September 11th, 2018

"Oh hello!!!" shrieked the woman on the bicycle as her companion bicyclist rode silently.Why do girls and women shriek like that?  Do they go to some special classes, when they are three years old, where they are told: "You are women.  There'll be plenty of occasions when you have to shriek like mad.&n

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September 10th, 2018

I agree with the idea of rule of law.  But, I don't believe in the rule of law as it is.  What if, as Dickens described it, the law is an ass?Think about this: Slavery was legal for a long time.  Yes, slavery was legal.  The Constitution as it was framed did not even consider blacks to be ful

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September 9th, 2018

A couple of months ago, my father commented that I am the only one who is not on WhatsApp.  Which is true.  I have never had a WhatsApp account.  I have blogged a lot about it though ;)A few years ago, Tunku Varadarajan, who used to write for the Wall Street Journal when it was a respectable publi

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September 8th, 2018

A young woman we know graduated last June, and is excited about the job that she has been offered in San Francisco.  General Malaise that I am, I had to make sure I would not blurt anything bad.  For once, thankfully, I

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