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Category: Perspectives

How to Float to the Top

When I am at a party, the question I dislike the most is “What do you do?” I often challenge the other person by responding, “I live joyously and consciously. That is what I do.” But the very idea of living joyously and consciously is hard to grasp, let ...

Motherhood Above All?

Equally, it is not for us to glorify motherhood to such extremes that we look askance at those who prefer another life mission—whether by choice or circumstance.

Why is Science not Popular?

Watching Particle Fever, a documentary, I experienced a visceral reaction. I was jumping out of my seat; I was animated and exhilarated. I could not wait to find out how it all came out, even as a part of me traveled down memory lane, wondering if I could still ...

Frenzy on the Maidan

mai·dan  [maee-dahn]  noun (esp. in India)an open area or space in or near a town, often used as a marketplace or parade ground.Origin: 1615–25;  < Hindi maidan  < Persian  < Arabic maydan

Counter Valley Thinking, Part 2

Everyone is talking about change. In the Bay Area, it’s the privileged who are “changing the world” one start-up, acquisition, or application at a time. They call it “creative destruction” and “disruption.” In India, pandits and pundits are still processing the results of the parliamentary elections. Celebrants say ...

Should California Levy an Inequality Tax?

No, this is not the way to cut income inequality California, the “Golden State,” with 38 million residents, many from all corners of the earth, the eighth largest economy in the world, is finally on a path to recovery. Under Governor Brown’s astute stewardship, we are now facing a ...

An Indian On Indians

I am an Indian American who often writes about Indian American experiences in my journalism. I’ve reviewed books by Indian subcontinental writers like Mohsin Hamid and am researching discourses on India’s globality and the rise of Asia in my dissertation. My work is uber contemporary, and I sometimes ...

Showing Up is Eighty Percent of Life

The other day I was driving along, daydreaming to the rhythm of NPR, when a voice from the past jarred me out of my reverie. It was John Holdren, President Obama’s top science advisor, discussing the administration’s recent report on climate change. But I could start the ...

Down From the Tonga

ton·ga  [tong-guh]  nouna light, two-wheeled, horse-drawn vehicle used in India.Origin: 1870—75; Hindi tanga

We Are All Connected

I am walking along the banks of the Yamuna River in Brindavan, India. Every Bhagavad-Gita-quoting pundit-philosopher here is happy to talk to me about the interconnection of all human beings, the oneness of all humanity. This oneness is a core philosophy espoused by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, and this ...
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