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BART and Buses

I met him on the BART, four years ago, one Monday morning. In accordance with the etiquette of my new host country, I smiled a good morning at him, but not the full American version … a more reticent, Indian version. In India we urban types usually sit dourly opposite...

Rising TiE-d

<img width=”182″ height=”120″ border=0 alt=”” align=”left” hspace=”10″ vspace=”10″ src=/directory/getdata.asp?about_id=bca3f6603733e0ee54bdc5cbee346389-1> As summer comes around, it is time...

What’s Cooking?

<img width=”300″ height=”443″ border=0 alt=”” align=”left” hspace=”10″ vspace=”10″ src=/directory/getdata.asp?about_id=b1e38d9285ae068815986f6e00216611-1> When Vikram Seth wrote the Golden...

Clash of Personalities … Not Issues

In 1789, 12 candidates ran for the Presidential office. George Washington won by a 69 percent vote, beating John Adams, who was the next favored candidate. In 1796 thirteen candidates ran for the Presidential office and Adams marginally defeated Thomas Jefferson....

Calcutta Modernist

Buddhadev Das Gupta was born in Bagalpur, Bihar in 1933. At the age of 11 his father, a civil servant and music lover, was transferred to Rajshahi in what is now Bangladesh, where the celebrated sarodist Radhika Mohan Maitre lived. Unusually, for a musician, he was...

A Tale of Two Cities

DOWNTOWN CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH: I am attending a wedding reception at a floodlit community center in this city by the Bay of Bengal. It’s where I was born, where I spent my adolescent years, and where I have returned for a visit after many years in the United...