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Category: Perspectives

Salutations to the Sun

We meditate on the adorable glory of the radiant sun; may he inspire our intelligence.—Interpretation of Gayatri Mantram by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, second President of India.

Medical School Memoirs

When asked to write about a true life adventure, I’m sure many people think about the wild nights that turned into days, hot summer nights on the beach with your best friends, hiking through raw terrain…Uh, none of that ringing a bell? You are not alone my ...

Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

No, the cost is too high Any impediment to a harmful substance is a good thing. Keeping marijuana illegal keeps consumption lower than if it was legal, and puts barriers to the sale and access to this drug for teenagers. In support of legalization, the libertarian view is that individuals ...

Otranto—An Italian Poem

When I applied to a writers’ residency in Otranto, Italy, I did not even know where the town was. I filled out the paperwork half-heartedly, not sure if I wanted to go. So, when I got the letter of acceptance, I reviewed a map and located the place, a ...

Rehearsing Return

This month, my mother and brother are making the annual pilgrimage to India, with essential visits to grandmothers, a routine trip to the bank to request ATM pin re-activation, the hasty organization of forgotten stitching and repair work in the days before departure, and a weekend in a tea ...

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 ...
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