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August 16th, 2017

In June 2016, I was in an airport shuttle van with an Armenian-American driver and two German tourists.  The male tourist said that because it is illegal in Germany to say or do anything supporting Nazis, th

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August 15th, 2017

One of the strange essays that I read in the NY Times was this one on "Why Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism."The title had all the warnings for me--as an old pinkie, I am highly suspici

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August 14th, 2017

It was thirty years ago, today too

The long and winding road ended at the airport in Madras.I sometimes refer to the end of that road and to the new beginning as my own "

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August 13th, 2017

It was thirty years ago, today

It is the 14th of August in India as I type this.On the 14th, in 1987, I was in the old country.  At my parents' home in Anna Nagar.  Packing my suitcase and saying bye to people.The day had finally arrived.  I was headed to America.  To Los Angeles. To graduate school.

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August 12th, 2017

In graduate school, a professor casually commented that unemployment is a privilege of the rich.  The poor simply cannot afford to be unemployed, he argued.I had a question right then but did not ask.  I was way too self-conscious about my accent and I worried that I might have to repeat the question i

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August 10th, 2017

Those were the simpler days of childhood innocence. I woke up every morning looking forward to going to school, and to spend time with my friends.  It was a twenty-minute walk to the school, before the years of riding the bicycle.One school day, perhaps in the fifth standard it was, I was walkin

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August 9th, 2017

"Old soldiers never die, they just fade away," said Douglas MacArthur.  To which maybe it is time we added a twist: The old are neither dying nor fading away that easily!I have complained enough about the choke-hold that older people have on everything going on in the world.  I have called th

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August 7th, 2017

Two decades ago, my parents made their first and only visit to the US.  An incident from that trip that my mother recalled, when we were talking during my visit to India, revealed a lot about my regimented and boring life.  An incident about which I have no recollection till this very day.

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August 6th, 2017

The disrobing of Lady Liberty

With trump as the president, I wonder and worry, more often than not, what his election and his presidency mean for the pursuit of knowledge and truth.  Of course I will wonder and worry about this, given that my profession is all about the pursuit of knowledge and truth."Everything but the truth" has been

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August 5th, 2017

More than a year ago, I received a letter from a then 96-year old woman--"a member of the WWII generation."  She wrote in the letter, which was in response to my op-ed on homelessness in America:You and no one living in the USA at this moment would be where he or she is if my generation had not made i

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August 4th, 2017

There are more and more homeless people in town.  And our town is no exception--growing numbers of homeless is an issue that seemingly every American city is dealing with.  At the same time, the economy is humming along and unemployment rate is down to 4.3 percent, which should convince anybody that homelessness i

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August 3rd, 2017

It was once the richest country in the continent. Now, its people are fleeing. Some of its women try to make a living by doing sex work in the neighboring country.  Those who haven't fled are terribly undernourished.No, it is not some cliched African country.  But, a country that until recently was a d

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August 2nd, 2017

Consider the following chart:

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August 1st, 2017

When I read this essay, of course I had to tweet about it; after all, have I not bugged this poor guy,  and others, for years now with my commentaries on the meaning of life!

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