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Why desi kids win the Spelling Bee

It’s not just our innate nerdiness, apparently.  Or the fact that some of their parents were themselves very efficient rote learners.  “Mugging” or cramming for exams was something I never got the hang of, but we all know someone who crammed their way to academic brilliance (at least in school).  Perhaps they passed on their…

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Dancing on the Brink

Henry Paulson’s insider account of the financial crisis “On the Brink” is a fascinating story.   Paulson, of course, presided over the demise of Lehman Brothers and Wachovia and others as Treasury Secy.  This book is supposed to be a day-to-day account of the crisis unfolded and how Paulson and others (Ben Bernanke, Tim Geithner)…

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2nd top spam generating country – India?

These days,  my blog gets a lots of comments everyday, and by lots, I mean hundreds of comments a day, mostly from users in India.  Unfortunately, I end up deleting practically all of them. They are all spam comments (of course, what else can I expect?).  Akismet correctly recognizes them nearly all the time, but…

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Why Oklahoma is not safe for pregnant women

I am really glad I don’t live in Oklahoma.  Not because it is right on Tornado Alley, but because the lawmakers have just passed the most misogynistic set of laws I can think of. The two bills were originally vetoed by the State Governor.  But then both the State House and Senate overrode the veto…

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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…