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The Mekong – mighty for how long ?

Travelers to SE Asia, will most likely have a brush with the Mekong. After experiencing which, they will usually refer to it as the Mighty Mekong. The river is “omnipresent” in the region, originating in Tibetan Plateau, it flows through parts of China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam before merging with the South China Sea. As is in most riverside communities, the…

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Deconstruct to reconstruct

  Break your life into its basic building blocks – it’s people, places, projects and time. Include things you love and the things you want to avoid. Keep breaking these bigger blocks down into smaller pieces. As you put all of these building blocks down on paper, you will see your life emerge in front of your eyes, deconstructed.

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Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

There is a voyeuristic aspect to reading “Meditations”. Notes in this composition, are part of Marcus Aurelius’s personal philosophical studies during 10 rough years of his life ( also his last decade ) when he faced many stressful situations – like fighting on the frontier, the revolt of Cassius, and the death of his wife. During the time the emperor…

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You are your own story

“True adulthood… is a difficult beauty, an intensely hard won glory.” The fact is it is not yours for the taking. And it is not whatever you make of it. The future is also what other people make of it, how other people will participate in it and impinge on your experience of it. But I’m not going…

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Dangerous trend – Indian government’s continued interference in academics

The cost of the government’s unusual involvement in higher education has seta dangerous precedent and we are paying a very high price for it. The current government’s pitch of growth and economic development got them to win the elections by a landslide majority. However, the growth story in academia has been of an erosion of reason and science. A slew…

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