4 Degrees of Separation – The Indian Network

As with many profound discoveries it began innocuously enough. “I don’t believe that there are truly a billion Indians,” my friend Marcel has remarked more than once to me. Of course, when he first made this statement as a graduate student, maybe because it was after a late night party at Ms. Chan’s, I didn’t … Continue reading 4 Degrees of Separation – The Indian Network

Giving this Diwali

Admiration, respect, possibly adulation or envy are the emotions that pop to mind when people talk of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett, who are not just among the world’s richest men but among the most philanthropic. Yet fear or trepidation seems to have been the emotion stirred, if we are to believe the media, by these two men when they took their message of giving to China and are rumored to be bringing it to India. Even before the Joy of Giving week rolled out at the end of September, newspapers in India and elsewhere were talking about “…concern among some of China’s wealthy that they would be pressured into contributions” and of Gates and Buffett’s dinner plans in India.

Caveat Rx! Do you know more about your TV than about your doctor?

I am never sure how best to answer this question. My first, unvoiced response is a curt “no.” But I then settle for a more ambiguous, “No, I am not a medical doctor.” In India, where politicians insist on being addressed as Dr. A or B, usually having been bestowed an honorary degree — deserved … Continue reading Caveat Rx! Do you know more about your TV than about your doctor?