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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…

Sukanya Roy wins the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee (Pic: Washington Post)

Who really wins in the Spelling Bee?

Another year, another desi kid wins the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a few reports appear in the newspapers, and otherwise the event is mostly forgotten.  There are the usual gaggle of desi participants – a third of the semi-finalists had desi origins, and for the fourth year in a row, the winner was an Indian-American…

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Stealing from Indian women is universal ?

In the past, I’ve written about theft from passengers’ bags by baggage handlers in Indian airports, and the mysterious chalk marks used by customs officials to mark certain bags for special treatment. Little did I know that singling out NRIs for stealing from their bags is an international practice.   According to this news article, Michael…

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Praising the Oscars, trashing desi awards

Much is being made in Indian newspapers of A R Rahman’s  two Oscar nominations (Original Score and Original Song).  Nobody has seen “127 hours” or knows anything about the score or the song, but it’s an Oscar nomination!  We will be even more thrilled if he wins in at least one of these categories. All…

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3 reasons why Meg Whitman lost

A lot of people are going to wonder at Meg Whitman losing her bid for California Governor, despite spending about $140 million of her own money.  I believe it’s the other way round – she lost precisely because she spent $14o million of her money.  Here is why: 1.  Voters seem to be feeling quite…

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Desis targeting US-based desis in scam calls?

The other day I received a call from a man with a strong desi accent who identified himself as “Joseph from the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC”. I have my strong suspicions that FCC officials don’t randomly call people soliciting Do Not Call registry sign-ups, but he had a desi accent, so I decided to…