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A Supplementary Diet The cover article (“The Supplement Cocktail,” India Currents, March 2013) laments the lack of adequate Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for food supplements and so-called nutraceutical supplements. However, since these supplements are made from natural or unpatentable ingredients, no company can afford to invest millions of ...

Gross Or Fine, it’s All Divine!

“As a mother watches over her child,Willing to risk her own life to protect her only child,So with a boundless heart, should one cherish all living beings,Suffusing the whole world with unobstructed loving-kindness.”     – Metta Sutta (of Theravada Buddhism)The Concourse is an office complex located on ...

Greener Gifts, Please

I grew up in a household where there were no garbage bins. Nothing was thrown away. Everything was reused or recycled; except the term recycling had not yet been coined. Kitchen waste was thrown into a huge pit near the pavazamali plant in the backyard. We thought a hundred times ...

Resolute With Good Intentions

The trouble with New Year’s resolutions is keeping them

Oscars—The Final Frontier

The Bollywood factory has yet to decipher the Oscar formula

Leopard Skin Pillbox

Is it time to invent a smart pillbox like a smartphone?

A Guru Minus a Halo

On the morning after Afzal Guru was hanged following the conviction for the attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001, I wondered about the number of young men and women who have turned militant in the war-torn areas of India simply due to the accident of birth and circumstance ...

Brown Karma

The closing weeks of the year 2012 did settle the debate about the Mayan calendar and the end of the world. Thankfully we are all still here. But the year also ended on a very troubling note in both South-Asia and within its diaspora here in the United States ...

The Feminist Illusion of "Girls"

There is a a debate raging among American feminists about whether the show Girls on HBO is good or bad for the cause. Girls depicts four white young women and their romantic and sexual partners in New York City. Even though some members of the media have pointed out ...

Signs of Our Time

Will cursive become a victim of time and technology?
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