Excuse me Professor, but, you don’t “end up in Berkeley” or Yale or Boston or those lovely sounding American cities of ordinary Indian dreams. Chances are there was a big deal of shoveling - time, money and all tactics from the book to grab that student visa to US - that was done to reach there. Your examples, experiences and recollections seem to begin and end with America. Your own country of birth comes up only when you got to talk of low life here and mundane stuff like sanitation and water. While you are entitled to do that, it amazes me how your examples are so strikingly void of experiences from the country of your birth where you have lived three-fourths of your life.
If only you’d stop making it sound such a desired land, promised land to folks…
Couldn’t help digging at that casual from-America attitude this morning.
"She wants to know if I love her, that’s all anyone wants from anyone else, not love itself but the knowledge that love is there, like new batteries in the flashlight in the emergency kit in the hall closet."
— Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (via larmoyante)
(Source: larmoyante, via icecoldpalms)
"Eight sentences, ten uses of “I”. Hmmm. Looks like my theory might be on to something. Oh, but good for you, realizing those jerks were the perfect receptacles for your decisions and your responsibility. Hey, it couldn’t possibly be you that was the problem, right? Nope, nopity, nope, nope. It was always them."
— Some super cool writing from bloggers at judgybitch. That’s some real intelligence and wit. Not the phony, dull, drab, pretentious … academic writing with ivory tower selves.
"Long ago in a New England village one of the villagers received a revelation from God that every one was to do exactly as he wished. Sadly, with exemplary rambunctiousness, the villagers took of their clothes and ran around on all fours like animals, making animal sounds. No one had a better idea."
— Reading Margaret Mead’s Male and Female
"You may have noticed students who just try to remember and pound back what is remembered. Well, they fail in school and in life."
— Munger wouldn’t fail you. Look up and he has got a kick already retracting.
"I’ve written this before but it’s worth repeating: that the gutter between consultant-as-change-agent and corporate whore is littered with fat bonuses and broken dreams. Making money is easy. What you turn down, the money that you leave on the table defines you more than what you take. This is a timely moment to reflect on priorities."
— Wondering where that timely moment lies.