Go on! Challenge that bully!

A friend and running fanatic (Partha) once told me a story about one of his friends (let’s call him Jake). Jake is one of those annoyingly gifted athletes — excellent at whatever sport he played. Needless to say, he routinely beat Partha at every sport they played. When Partha moved back to India and sometime …

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Temper passion with wisdom, my son

In Sackett’s Land (first of the 17-volume Sackett series) Ivo Sackett (father of Barnabas Sackett) giving some sage advice to his son… “You will see many women, and often you  will think yourself in love, but temper passion  with wisdom, my son, for sometimes the glands  speak louder than the brain. Each man owes a  …

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How the West was Lost – Short Version

I grew up on a diet of  Wild West novels and a dominant American narrative that celebrated the victory of the white man against the native American Indian. It was always about how the West was “won.” The turning point in my thinking occurred in 1996 when I was lucky enough to attend a lecture …

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Why did the Kurugantis immigrate to America?

Sometime in my 2nd year of engineering at BIT Mesra, I first dreamed of coming to America, getting trained as a computer scientist, doing cutting-edge research and becoming wildly famous – you know, the usual dreams that 2nd year engineering students have. 🙂 With a single-minded focus, I threw myself into the application process for …

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