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August 18th, 2016

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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August 17th, 2016

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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August 16th, 2016

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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August 15th, 2016

(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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August 14th, 2016

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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August 13th, 2016

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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August 12th, 2016

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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August 11th, 2016

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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August 10th, 2016

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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August 9th, 2016

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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