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Paid For By Friends of Rob Astorino

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As I took the stairs up to the platform at the Pelham Metro-North station a couple of weeks back, I was relieved that I had beaten the train to the finish line. Many of the days, I see it rushing past me as I huff up the stairs. Anyways, so there I was, standing when an elderly gentleman came and politely handed me a pamphlet about Rob Astorino, a candidate for the county executive elections on Nov 3. He also mentioned that Rob was near the middle of the platform answering questions. He perhaps did not know that some of us would never move an inch away from our end of the platform because that’s where the first car of the train stops which would deliver us closest to the main concourse of the Grand Central station, allowing us to stomp out quickly and melt into the morning crowd of NYC. But, hey, Rob, though I am not franchised in the US, I did read your pamphlet.

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November 11, 2009 at 11:39 am

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

Let Them Eat Grass (Or Cake)!

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The inauguration of Obama sparked huge celebrations in the US last Tuesday. For the first time, the sound of the TV on our office floor was turned on so that we may listen to the live broadcast on CNN, rather than just see the captions. Every American is justifiably proud of Obama’s election – amongst other reasons, it increases their self-esteem when they realize that collectively, they were able to exorcise their racist past. However, I don’t think Americans fully realize the significance of what Rick Warren alluded to briefly as the ’44th peaceful transfer of power’. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 25, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Being Rod Blagojevich

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I am trying to imagine what being Rod Blagojevich is like. Unfortunately, I don’t live on some floor 7.5 from where I could enter his consciousness, so I am going to speculate. Before the morning he got arrested, I would have guessed he feels ‘fortunate’ (as I am sure he’d have said in several speeches) but afterward, I would have hurried to exit his mind, even if that meant being thrown into a ditch by NJ Turnpike.

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December 20, 2008 at 5:06 pm

If I were an American, I’d vote for….

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Elections are due this Tuesday in the US. Since I have been following the trajectories of Obama and McCain campaigns since they emerged as favorites in the run-ups to the nominations, I am somewhat informed about what they represent and promise. That said, I wonder who I’d have voted for, had I been an American citizen.

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November 1, 2008 at 8:42 pm

How Large Hadron Collider caused a run on Wall Street?!

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You heard it here first!!

Markets are haywire, analysts are befuddled and Congress is well, ‘looking at all options’. Reams of pages and bytes of¬†web-pages¬†have been written about the recent crisis on Wall Street but I do not think anyone has yet made this connection. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 28, 2008 at 11:01 am

Ginger Rogers & Sonia Gandhi did everything….

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The other day an American colleague asked me how different were Indian elections, compared to what US is doling out. I was tempted to denounce even the thought of comparison – to me, aside from being democracies, the 2 countries were a study in contrast. But, then as I began talking about India, I realized that my colleague was, sort of, identifying with everything I was saying. Perhaps, at a high level, both systems have the same strengths and same failings. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 12, 2008 at 11:06 pm

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