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Category: Perspectives

The Fourth India

In A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, Amitava Kumar distinguishes between three versions of the Indian city he once called home: the Patna of those who left (who now live “elsewhere” and treat Patna like an unwanted “leftover”), the Patna of those who stayed (who belong ...

Watch The Wire This Election Season

Not long ago, I announced in these very pages that a TV show like Breaking Bad will never come again. Well, I have to eat humble pie and say that there is a show just as good as Breaking Bad, if not better.  I am talking of The Wire. I ...

So Naked Without Bangles

At every social occasion, a dear friend of mine is turned out in a simple and elegant sari. She wears the same diamond earrings and the same gold chain. Her sari blouses are always sleeveless and always cut in the same way. Almost always, however, one accessory stands out ...

Life, Liberation and the Pursuit of Bliss

Yogah Chittavrutti Nirodhah    —Verse 1.2, Yoga Sutras of PatanjaliUnion (yoga) is the cessation of fluctuations in consciousness,” says the second verse in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The first verse, verse 1.1, is this simple statement, “Now begins Yoga instruction.” (Atha Yoganusasanam). I find it interesting that verse ...

57th and Maryland

A bad turkey sandwich. The taste of it. Teeth that haven’t been brushed. Pink pitchers of ice water. You ask them to hold the ice. Beeping. Tea-stained grout in the blue-tiled bathroom. Going downstairs without your ID, again. A yellow construction-paper visitor’s pass. But you are not a ...

Are Startups Solving Real Problems?

Yes, real problems are being addressed Today’s startups are getting a bad rap. Especially the ones in the Silicon Valley. The common perception is that much of the work coming out of these startups are not engaged in the effort of solving real problems that need attention. Despite sky ...

Give Governor Brown Another Chance

I watched the televised debate between Governor Jerry Brown and Republican challenger Neel Kashkari with interest. Just the other day, an Indian friend had pointed out that Kashkari had voluntarily become homeless in order to study poverty. “It must be a publicity stunt,” I said. “When you have millions, it ...

On the Shanghai Bund

When my husband and I stood at the Bund in Shanghai a few weeks ago, it struck me that the word bund had to have been distilled from Hindi. A quick check on my iPhone after I walked into a WiFi hotspot got me my answer. The word bund ...

Butter Chicken, My Dad’s Way

The prep work always began on Thursday night. It was 1980, we lived in the Middle East, and Thursday was the start of the weekend. I’d huddle with Dad in our small galley-style kitchen as he began making butter chicken—a glorious dish of chicken pieces marinated in ...

Should America Send Troops to Iraq?

Yes, America should look for lasting solutions Since we created it with our invasion in 2003, we are now ob-ligated to fix the deteriorating and perilous situation in Iraq that is threatening its sovereignty. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a terrorist group that is believed to be ...
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