Tag: In the News

Surprise! Doing Things Alone Can Be Fun

A recent study mentioned in Slate (via Science of Us) suggests that many people, especially women, are afraid to take part in certain leisure activities alone, not just because of safety concerns but because of a psychological hang-up that others will pity them. This fear that others will think “that they could not find friends to accompany them” even extends to an activity which I think requires some alone time: museum-going. Read more

Death of a Hobra

The first thing I thought of when reading this front-page story in the Times of India today was, “Couldn’t they have let the poor thing live somewhere in the country?”

As I’ve said before, animal rights have a long way to go in this country. Full text of the “hobra,” an animal oddity similar to a liger, continues…
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Press Conference

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I’m a sucker for anthropomorphic humor. That kind of stuff is easy to find in the New Yorker, and luckily the mag in online.

I’m a little late posting this, but I only read this article over the long weekend, as I was tucking into back issues of all of my magazines while I enjoyed a vacation in Goa…more on that later.

Hope everyone in the U.S. and all you Ami-expats had a happy 4th.

JP II

I don’t think I was the only non-Catholic to shed a tear this morning when I heard the news that John Paul II had died. I definitely didn’t agree with many of the stands that the Catholic church had taken over the last few years – though I did appreciate its stand against the death penalty in the U.S. and other countries. But, John Paul II was a very humane, likeable figure. He was like a distant grandfather for many people, so it was sad when he finally succumbed to his illnesses on Saturday.

Now, more than ever, I wish I could be in Rome. I thirst for being in the middle of history. If I had the chance to go back in time, I would choose to hang out in Berlin when they chipped away at the Wall; I would go back to the early 90s and register every URL domain name I know possible; and I would book a flight for last week so I could be in the thick of the papal transition.

After a few days, of course, talk will begin about who will be the next Pope. My bet is that the next leader of the Catholic church will be from Italy. But, it could be interesting if the cardinals choose a man from the Developing World, particularly India.
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tsunamihelp.blogspot.com

My friend Rohit and some others have set up a blog to help consolidate information on the earthquake, tsunamis, and resulting relief efforts. Great great idea. I hope to put in a little time on the blog providing links to aid organizations and the like in the next few days. Though, if you check out the site, you’ll see it’s already quite comprehensive. There are also links to donate money online.

The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Blog