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Category: Perspectives

Closely Watched Things

When you were a child, when people still asked what you wanted to be when you grew up, what did you say? Did you want to be famous? And when you pictured fame, what did it look like? Was it the quality of being admired, talked about, and eulogized ...

Downton Abbey: Triumph of the One Percent

Judging by the anglophilia that America is currently in the grips of, it is hard to imagine that we are well into the twenty-first century and Britain’s finest hour has long passed. Take the recent celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles’ debut on the Ed Sullivan ...

Ministering the Monk

The unlikely story of how a Christian minister married a Hindu monk

Should India Have Backed Down in the Khobragade Scandal?

India should have exercised restraint India-US relations have been making headlines lately for unfortunate reasons. Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade was arrested for criminal felony counts of visa fraud for paying her maid, Sangeeta Richard, less than the United States minimum wage, contrary to what she stated in the visa ...

Chia Seeds, Psyllium Husk and a Blender

Go to any new-age retreat in California, and you will find young people preparing their breakfasts, not with spatulas and skillets, but with blenders. If you are eating your meal instead of drinking it, you are in danger of dating yourself. If you are eating bread or any other ...

Crushed By the Juggernaut

juggernaut—noun (juhg-er-nawt, -not)—Origin: 1630–40;  < Hindi Jagannath  < Sanskrit Jagannatha  lord of the world (i.e., the god Vishnu or Krishna), equivalent to jagat  world + natha  lord

Standing Left of the Right

The institution of marriage resembles a lock with multiple combination codes. Different permutations can be applied to different generations and societies. Among the numerous types of marriages we have witnessed through history, human society has resisted some forms and embraced others based on religious, moral and personal values.  Like ...

A Flood Of Memories

Ever wondered why in India, of all places, every residential neighborhood is referred to as a colony? One would imagine that after a few centuries of foreign colonization with enough scars to last another few, India would banish the term. But no, instead a lot of us have unforgettable ...

Mrinalini's Mississippi

Of graves, roots and final resting places

The Stagnant Traveler

A reflection on the time and space between losses and gains
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