Category Archives: Society

India’s Obsession With Fair Skin

It looks to me that society has always had a fascination for fairness. I will discuss this specifically in the context of India. My experience has been interesting here in America as I was pretty tanned relative to other members of my family when I lived in India. It was never an issue as such, except...
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Collective Human Behavior

One thing which always puzzles me is how humans collectively behave the way they do. Here I am not talking about how individuals behave but societies at large. Open any chapter in history and it will have instances of societies or groups of humans at large behaving in a certain way. Whether it's how German...
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All Human Behavior Makes Sense

As I meet more and more people, it becomes evident to me how different people think and behave and how their behavior makes sense in their frame of reference. Obviously that frame of reference can be completely delusional/imaginary and have nothing to do with reality. It becomes most interesting when I reach out to people. A...
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Doing Less For More

I have not been a fan of socialism and one trait which I see everywhere is the tendency to "ask for more for doing less." Humans in general have the wrong idea about self-worth. One primary reason for this is when they see how much they should be valued, they ignore how much value they...
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Nature and Fairness

You must have heard the term "Life is not fair." To me, it seems like the biggest lie ever told. The more I think about it, the more I realize that nature is very unbiased. I have been witness to many cases where I went out of my way to help people who have been unfairly...
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War and Peace

One question which has always bothered me--and an awful lot--is why people go to war? Are warmongers and peaceniks really two different species? The history of war and weapons is as old as the history of mankind itself. Every culture has stories of wars and the glory of its warriors. It has been in existence since the...
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Too Big To Fail – Why Mega Corporations Are a Mockery of Capitalism

There are a few things I liked about America from day one. One of them was the Rule of Law. Second was the ease of starting a business; and obviously you have the American Dream where anyone can become anything. But there is one thing which I did not like. It was big corporations. My initial...
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Indian Teaching System and (Lack of) Questioning Authority

Every country has some kind of fundamental rights for its citizens like the Bill of Rights in America. One right which I think should be added to the list is the right to question authority. Unfortunately or fortunately, this right is ingrained in my personality. Doing schooling in the Indian teaching system was a challenge for...
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Why America Is Different

I spent my first 24 years of life in India and moved back to the land of my birth to spend more than one year there when I was around the age of 26. So I have seen enough of India and enough of America, I guess I can say, to last more than a...
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India and Socialism

This is election year in America and there is a lot of talk about socialism. Republicans portray Obama as a socialist. And the truth is Democrats come as close as they can in America to socialism. India has had its own long love affair with socialism. The Indian economy has grown almost tenfold since its breakup...
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