That’s what George Harrison sang all those many years ago. I agree. All things do, and must, pass away.
I started my first blog in 1998 or thereabouts when I was a grad student at UC Berkeley. It was called “Life is a Random Draw.” That blog has since been deleted.
That’s understandable since the internet is ephemeral. Impermanence and change are the defining characteristics of the internet as much as it of the universe, as the Buddha realized about 2,700 years ago.
When I started working with Rajesh Jain in 2003, he suggested that I write about India’s development. Rajesh is the prime motivator of this blog. Certainly he is not the writer but he provided the inspiration. Rajesh wanted me to write about how Indian could become developed. That explains the title of this blog: “Atanu Dey on India’s Development.”
As everyone who knows me knows, I am completely devoid of all ambitions. I am quite content to do nothing. As I like to say, “I just sits and thinks. And sometimes I just sits.” I have to confess that I rarely “just sits” because, thanks to the internet, I have stuff to watch, to read and think about.
The fact is that not too many people have the option to “just sits and thinks” and even fewer people have the option to “just sits.” Most people have to get doing stuff and that means that they cannot afford to “thinks.” They are forced to get on without thinking. And therein lies the problem.
If you cannot afford the time to think, you are pretty much stuck in poverty.
Anyway, let me get to the point. I am ending this blog. It’s time to say goodbye. For a while I have been neglecting writing here partly because of my course blog. But there’s a more pressing reason why I am not paying attention to this blog.
The fact is that I have moved on. I am no longer interested in “India’s development.” I have not abandoned that project. I am moving on to a broader theme: I want to talk about how I understand how the world works. Therefore the change in the title of this blog: “Random Draws on How the World Works.” I want to expand the scope of this blog.
Goodnight, goodbye, and may your god go with you.