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AUGUST 9, 2010 4:25AM

To Queue or Not to Queue

(Published: June 25, 2010, IHT/NYTimes)

Standing in line to get into the Musée d’Orsay in Paris is an integral part of the visit: The elderly French couple, heads together over a guide book; the family from Lisbon, fussing with their small children; the trio of talkative high school ki

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In spite of great economic reforms and advances in India, the divide between rich and poor seems to be increasing and it’s uncertain that progress is always trickling down to the poor. A 2007 study by the Asian Development Bank showed the gap in standard of living increasing between the… Read full post »

I recently watched The Godfather with my 13-year old daughter and was surprised how impressed she was by it. I only watched it for the first time when I was nearly 30 – some careless passing remarks from pseudo-friends in my teen years about it being a gross movie, because ofRead full post »

APRIL 25, 2010 12:31AM

Corpus Callosum Envy


Some are born to it, some acquire it, and some run screaming in the opposite direction when confronted with it. I’m referring of course to MT, or for those who have been single-mindedly focused elsewhere, ‘multi-tasking’.

Leading the first category is my sister-in-law, an invRead full post »

APRIL 23, 2010 12:01AM

Irrationally Motivated


When I studied behaviour modification in psychology decades ago, we were taught how positive reinforcement worked much better than negative reinforcement. But now I find it’s much more complex. What really works well is a positive, with a negative hanging over your head.

A recent study hRead full post »

APRIL 22, 2010 12:18AM

Where are you from?

It seems an innocuous enough question, but it brings me to a grinding halt.  Then I usually take a deep breath and launch into my speech:  ‘Well, I was born in Bombay, but my parents come from South India.  We moved to Canada when I was seven years old.  After/Read full post »


Over the years I’ve heard about the Man Booker prize in the press and often gone to their website to find books that are both entertaining and expanding. But it was only when its cousin, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (CWP), came to New Delhi last week, that I realized IRead full post »

APRIL 18, 2010 11:33AM

No Idiots


When my father was a young boy in India nearly 70 years ago, he began tinkering with a veena that he found lying neglected at his home. He taught himself to play quite well and was enjoying it, until one day, a member of the extended family, thinking thatRead full post »