A book critics award for Wendy Doniger?

I have mixed feelings on seeing Wendy Doniger’s book “The Hindus: An Alternative History” as one of the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle award.   Perhaps it might make more people read the book, I tell myself, and more Americans will get a better understanding of Hinduism, instead of thinking of it as just…

Dear Mr. Vir Sanghvi

Dear Mr. Vir Sanghvi, I read your blog post on “bloggers and tweeters” with great interest, for I am also one of those people who blog and tweet.   You do both too, I notice, and some may think it is ironic that your own views were in the form of a blog post.  But perhaps…

WSJ answers your questions on NFL Playoffs

The WSJ has a hilarious Q&A on the NFL Playoffs.  Here’s a sample: Did the Vikings run the score up Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys? Cowboy partisans were miffed that Mr. Favre threw a fourth-down touchdown pass to give the Vikings a 34-3 lead with little time left. They considered it unnecessary and obnoxious, and…

A welcome bill in the mail

I was a little surprised to find a bill from the dentist in my mail.  Surely I had paid the clinic during my visit, for whatever insurance did not cover?  Yes, I still had the receipt in my purse.  Still puzzled, I opened the envelope and what do I find?  My dentist’s office had just…

Security of some banks in name alone?

The FDIC publishes a list of failed banks in its website.  These are banks that have failed since Oct. 2000 and for which the FDIC has been appointed as a receiver.  Some of these banks have since been acquired by other banks. It is interesting (and ironic) to see how often the words “Security” and…

Irony in a can of Pepsi

Have you seen the “Pepsi Throwback” commercial?  Pepsi had apparently introduced its “Throwback” drink for a few months last year, and it’s back again now for an 8-week run (starting Dec. 28).  It’s a “throwback” apparently because it’s made with “natural sugar” instead of High Fructose Corn Syrup. I started wondering who the millions of…