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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 ...

Is the Comma Heading for a Full Stop?

There are certain things in life that we take totally for granted. Day and night; sun and moon; tears and laughter; life and death; anger and make-up; love, friendship ... Similarly in the world of reading and writing, punctuation marks are a given and it is here that the totally ...

On Faith

The producer at the radio station where I host a kid’s quiz show was unusually complimentary. “Your show is so interesting and fun ... it deserves its popularity,” he gushed while I blushed. As I arranged my quiz paraphernalia in the small booth where we work, he went on ...

The Non-Redundant Indian

As a keen follower of Indian politics and the upcoming national elections, and someone who is very active on social media year-round, I have lately been confronted by an interesting phenomenon: The tendency of resident Indians to a) diss NRIs and render them irrelevant by virtue of not residing ...
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