Credit-constraint — the Inability to Borrow

For anyone concerned about the poor and poverty, the first task is to clearly define the words "poor" and "poverty." Wealth and income are reasonable measures that usually serve in defining a poor person: one who has less than some defined minimum of wealth and/or income. But that definition is not comprehensive. What if a … Continue reading Credit-constraint — the Inability to Borrow

Shourie’s Address at Mumbai on 12th September

A number of Rotary Clubs of Mumbai had invited Shri Shourie to address them on the evening of Wednesday 12th Sept, 2018 at the Yacht Club in Colaba. The following is a report of what he said. I lay out the main points. I believe I have faithfully recorded the ideas.  For the record, I … Continue reading Shourie’s Address at Mumbai on 12th September

The Catholic Church is Force for Good in the World

I love a good debate, and naturally so because I am the argumentative kind. Most of all, I like debates centered around religion.. The line dividing the opposing sides is sharp, and the positions irreconcilable. I delight in the skewering that monotheism takes in them. A superb example of that is the intelligence2 debate in … Continue reading The Catholic Church is Force for Good in the World

Ask Me Anything – The Important Thing edition

"Doggie, wait here a sec. I have got this important thing to get done. Then we go on with our walk, okay?"  Doing the important thing is not the difficult part of life. Indeed it's the fun part. The difficulty lies in figuring out what's the important thing. Fortunately, a good many people have thought … Continue reading Ask Me Anything – The Important Thing edition

Ganesh Chaturthi Greetings

After quite a few years, I find myself in India on Ganesh Chaturthi. At my friend's place in Mumbai where I am staying, today (Thursday 13th Sept) we had Ganesh puja in the morning. There's Shri Ganesh and of course his favorite modaks (left foreground). I have some videos too which I will upload to … Continue reading Ganesh Chaturthi Greetings