The Jet Airways Mumbai to Brussels flight is not too bad as far as timing goes for flights to Europe out of India. It leaves at a reasonable 2 AM (compared to flights that depart at 4 or 5 AM) and gets to Brussels at 8 AM local time (11:30 AM IST.) I caught that flight yesterday morning. A few thoughts on that flight in particular and a few on what the experience says about the Indian economy in general.
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The time has come for me to head back home to California. On the way there, I plan to take two short breaks: one in Belgium and the other in the New York-New Jersey area. I will be visiting my friend Yogananda Saripalli in Leuven Belgium.
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Today’s quote is from Alan Watts. Born in England in 1915, he moved to the US in 1938. He lived in the San Francisco Bay area, around Berkeley. I would have loved to meet him but he passed away in 1973, full 10 years before I got to the SF Bay area.
The wiki says, “Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects important to Eastern and Western religion, introducing the then-burgeoning youth culture to The Way of Zen (1957), one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism. In Psychotherapy East and West (1961), Watts proposed that Buddhism could be thought of as a form of psychotherapy and not a religion. He also explored human consciousness, in the essay “The New Alchemy” (1958), and in the book The Joyous Cosmology (1962).” Here’s Alan Watts on the importance of living in the present.
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Bengal….5,000 to 10,000 dead …CONGRESS RULE.
Ranchi….200 DEAD……….CONGRESS RULE.
Ahmedabad…512 DEAD……..CONGRESS RULE.
Bhiwandi….80 DEAD………….CONGRESS RULE.
Jamshedpur..125 DEAD……CPIM RULE (COMMUNIST PARTY)
Moradabad…2,000 DEAD…CONGRESS RULE.
Nellie Assam…..5,000 DEAD…CONGRESS RULE.
anti-Sikh Delhi…2,733 DEAD…CONGRESS RULE
Bhiwandi….146 DEAD….CONGRESS RULE
Gujarat…..300 DEAD..CONGRESS RULE
Ahmedabad……59 DEAD…..CONGRESS RULE
Meerut….81 DEAD…CONGRESS RULE
Bhagalpur……1,070 DEAD……CONGRESS RULE
Hyderabad……300 PLUS DEAD….CONGRESS RULE
Mumbai….900 TO 2000 DEAD….CONGRESS RULE
Aligarh….176 DEAD…..CONGRESS RULE
The 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has placed UC Berkeley (my alma mater) behind Harvard and Stanford in the global rankings of universities in the world.
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External shocks — the type that bring about radical change in large, complex systems — is the focus of my recent piece on Niti Central. When things are at their worst, what’s needed is a push to put matters on a different trajectory. I believe that the next general elections has the potential to deliver that for India.
Here’s the text of my piece, for the record. I should also add that in the last paragraph of the piece, I made up an “old Indian adage” just to make it sound profound. Have fun.
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