We humans instinctively categorize, especially people. We are amateur primitive set-theoreticians. There are infinite ways to categorize people since humans have a humongous number of characteristics. Consider the categories of people who award prize and people who win prizes. In my view, people who institute prizes belong to the most prestigious set. I order the … Continue reading Of Prizes and People
Markets work. That's the "First Law" of the Extended Order of Social Interactions. I just made up that EOoSI bit but the 'markets work' bit is a genuine law in the sense that it expresses an observed regurality in human societies. What does it mean? Among other things, it means that when the need (the … Continue reading Fast Food Enlightenment
On my way to Ahmedabad last week on Saturday, at Mumbai airport, I saw a poster which had increased the number of sri’s in Sri Sri Ravishankar. It proclaimed Sri Sri Sri Ravishankar. But I think I will stick with the SSRS short form instead of updating it to SSSRS. One of the perils of … Continue reading In Love, Losing is Winning.
It's been a while since I wrote a post on SSRS. To remedy that neglect, here's something about the man. Ram Guha wrote a funny entry in his Oslo diary with the title "Nobel Longings." (Thanks to Sushant for the link.) After my talk, a lady comes up and introduces herself as a doctor, and … Continue reading Ramachandra Guha on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Longings for a Nobel Prize
Did you know that this blog features prominently in search results on Sri (repeat n time) Ravi Shankar? Without intending to, I have stumbled upon a subject that simultaneously delights and enlightens. Aside from the usual hate mail, I quite frequently get mail from people who want to share their experience of the Art of … Continue reading Two letters related to Sri^2 Ravi Shankar
Time for a little diversion, don't you think? Of late this blog has been too involved with serious matters and I think it is time for something entirely different. Many of you regulars know that SSRS -- a.k.a Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a.k.a Param Pujaniya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankarji, a.k.a His Most Exalted Holiness the … Continue reading His Most Exalted Holiness Sri Maha Param Pujaniya Gurudevji Bhagwanji Sriman Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji Mahadevji, I presume
Some readers have been asking, "Atanu, when will you write more about SSRS?" As luck would have it, I got an email from someone who has actually met the man. He wrote me a very nice email saying that he has read all the SSRS posts patiently and then proceeded to inform me that he … Continue reading The 2008 Post on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar