Heroes Without Capes

It’s been nearly 10 years since 10 terrorists attacked Bombay – killing about 150 and wounding about 300. The attack lasted 4 days and occurred in South Bombay: at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Trident-Oberoi Hotel, Nariman House, Café Leopold, CST train station, and Cama Hospital. Here’s a question for you: If you were working at […]

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Many Relatives Under One Roof

When I was a kid, my parents and I lived in a one bedroom apartment in Bombay. We slept together on one bed and I remember we once woke up in the middle of the night because a mosquito had snuck into the room and was biting us. I remember my dad jumping on the […]

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Ever thought about your legacy?

What if a doctor told you that you only had a few months left to live? When Randy Pausch, computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he decided to leave a powerful and timeless legacy. He delivered an inspiring last lecture at Carnegie Mellon (which was videotaped) and even wrote a […]

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Born Free

Once upon a time a baby alien lost his way and landed on Earth. The baby alien was frightened by the unfamiliar surroundings, and hid deep in a corner of the forest. Somewhere else in the forest, an equally frightened little boy is running for his life, trying to escape a group of merciless bullies. […]

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Nosy Neighbors

Neighbors in India are as concerned about what’s happening in your house as they are about what’s happening in their house. Not just neighbors, but maids as well. If a maid works at several homes in the same neighborhood, she’ll have inside information on each of the homes she services. I’m reading Last Man In Tower by […]

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Sibling Rivalry

I was such a handful that my parents decided not to have any kids after me, making me an only child. So I’ve never experienced a sibling rivalry. I started thinking about this topic while reading Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. The main character, Saleem Sinai, was the firstborn in the family. He was also born […]

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Cockfights, Twin STDS, And More!

I’m about half way through One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Sometimes it gets confusing remembering the characters’ names, because most of them are almost the same, since the family keeps recycling the same names from one generation to the next. One reviewer on Goodreads said that it annoyed them so much […]

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