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Happy Diwali and Sal Mubarak

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Obama scored another first. No, not the first American president to win the Nobel in the first year of presidency. That too – but perhaps more sanguinely, the first American president to light a ceremonial diya at White House on occasion of Diwali. He also recorded a video message to convey Diwali greetings to a cross-section of minority groups in the US of Indian heritage. As I watched his message, I thought of all the possible machinations in the background that would have culminated in Obama recording the message.

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October 25, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Stuff of Memories: Parents’ Trip to the US

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My parents went back to India last month after a two and a half month stay with us in the US. This was their first visit to the West and I am sure that there must have been several big-ticket highlights for them. But for me, the small little things that they did or experienced stand out. I am listing a randomly recalled 11 occasions that have all the potential of being the stuff of memories.

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September 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Three Covers: Fact or Fiction?

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Three of my favorite authors released their new books recently. I have not read any yet but its interesting how each of these three books can be viewed as either fact or fiction depending on your upbringing and perspective.

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September 20, 2009 at 9:08 pm

‘Road, Movie’: The Next Slumdog

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Normally, people make such pronouncements after watching a movie but I am basing this on the trailer: I think ‘Road, Movie’ could very well be the next Slumdog Millionaire.

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September 19, 2009 at 1:36 pm

East of Mississippi & North of Carolinas

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In what seems to be a faithful recreation of the actual event that took place in 1899, the picture below depicts Mr F O Stanley and wife Flora’s arrival on the first auto trip to the summit of Mount Washington in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. 

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September 14, 2009 at 9:53 pm

10 Tips to Write a Blog Nobody Reads

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This week, I completed one year in blogosphere. My blog’s stats confirm that rarely anyone reads or links into my blog. Sometimes, charitable friends visit the blog to keep my hope afloat. Setting aside those anomalies, I have clearly perfected the art of writing a blog that nobody would read.

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August 29, 2009 at 10:00 am

A Book-Banning Nation

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I can imagine a lot of things that could really harm us – like nuclear bombs, cigarettes and speeding vehicles. But books? I have never known a book that exploded as soon as you read the preface. I feel sorry for the gentlemanly Jaswant Singh who has been thrown under the bus by his colleagues for publishing a book (Jinnah – India, Partition, Independence) that does not demonize Jinnah. I feel sorrier that a society could be so intolerant of books. Books?!!

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August 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm