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MARCH 12, 2009 10:19AM

Floating in Time: A Houseboat in Kerala, India


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FEBRUARY 19, 2009 10:03AM

Favorite Movie: Satyajit Ray's "Distant Thunder"

Ashani Sanket, 1973
[Distant Thunder.  Color, In Bengali with subtitles. 101 minutes.]



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                    Barack Obama and Senator Ted Kennedy, February 2008


In breaking news, The Boston Globe reported that Senator Kennedy has been released from hospital where he was taken and spent the night after suffering a se… Read full post »

From Birmingham to Barack, what a dream it has been.


In April, 1963, Birmingham, Alabama, Police Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor let loose the dogs and fire hoses on civil rights demonstrators on Palm Sunday. Martin Luther King was jailed, held incommunicado in solitary… Read full post »


  Judge Ronald L. Ellis, Bernard L. Madoff, Aafia Siddiqui (2001,2008)

Calm Judicial Eye in Storm Over Bail 

This was the headline January 13 in the New York Times over a profile of the… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 15, 2008 3:54PM

Passage from India

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DECEMBER 8, 2008 2:11PM

Mumbai 26/11, not 9/11

Parliament  Parliament House, New Delhi                                                    photo: Bill Strong


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NOVEMBER 19, 2008 11:06AM

Bookshop on Main Street: Heart of Concord, MA


books1                                                 The Concord Bookshop, Concord, Massachusetts 

Having led a somewhat unrooted life in my… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 22, 2008 12:34AM

Unshining India: Destroying the Adivasis, a Native People



Adivasi Megaliths c. 500 -1000 BCE, near Hazaribagh, India

Adivasis (literally, in Sanskrit, "original dwellers") are thought to be the earliest inhabitants of… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 3, 2008 3:04PM

Gandhi and my Grandmother


       Gandhi in Noakhali, East Bengal (now Bangladesh) c. Feb.1947

 October 2, 2008

Today is Gandhi Jayanti,  a national holiday in India commemorating  Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's birthday.  Mahatma[1] Gandhi was born on this date in 1869.… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2008 2:31PM

For Susan: Five Quiet Pieces

At Woofy's suggestion and with my own sense of shared experience, this is for Susan Mitchell.

India is often experienced as cac0phony. As I have written earlier, it crowds and assails all your senses at once. Perhaps because of that, I cherish those moments most when I… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2008 5:45PM

The Dogs of Bikaner, India


These are the dogs of Bikaner, Rajasthan, India. (And yes, those are camel carts and bullock carts and Toyota SUV's in the background.)

I remembered them after my friend Caveat introduced me to the beautiful Cujo Chuggie and I read about his encounters with various religious sorts.

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 1:29AM

A Friend's Funeral

Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope.… Read full post »