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The hibernation is over

You know it’s time to blog more often (or shut down the blog) when the frequency of wordpress updates far exceeds that of your posts. Not that there haven’t been topics I’ve wanted to blog about.  But typing on your phone (as I am doing now) or on a tablet can be really frustrating. Maybe…

A Bharti Walmart store in Amritsar. (Pic courtesy : PTI/ The Hindu)

7 reasons why FDI in retail is good for India

Now that the government has approved FDI in multi-brand retail, it has paved the way for the likes of Walmart and Amazon to set up shop in India. Predictably, there have been protests from shopkeepers and Bharat Bandhs from political parties.  Street vendors are saying the government is ignoring the working class, while others are…

S (at 6 months) "reading" an ebook

Sleepless in this metropolis

You know you are in trouble when WordPress has software upgrades more frequently than you have published posts.  In fact, every time  have opened my blog this year, there has been a new upgrade, which is not a reassuring thought at all. I may be an extreme case, but apparently, I am not alone.  It…

Hospice care and in-home nursing in India

My grandmother died last week.   When I heard the news I was profoundly relieved.  Sad, yes, but mostly relieved.  Let me tell you why. She had spent the last month or more in the hospital, mainly in the ICU at a big name hospital.  A great team of doctors was taking care of her round…

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Corruption in the RTO

Long years ago, I went to the Regional Transport Office twice – the first time to get my two-wheeler driving license, and the second, to get my car driving license.  Both are still valid, which means, in theory, that I can drive a car anytime I go to India, if I am feeling particularly brave,…

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Hockey on the pond

Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog got  it badly wrong when he looked at his shadow this week.  Six more weeks of winter? We are still in winter? Yes, I know it is February and normally the peak of winter, but this year winter seems to have made a guest appearance. There is practically no snow on…

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Book Review: Growing Up Amish

If you are like me, the only time you have ever met an Amish person is when you have stopped off to look at the sturdy furniture they make.  You are fascinated and mystified at their 1800s lifestyle (no electricity, cars or phones, or even indoor plumbing) but don’t know a whole lot more about…