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oil soup

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glutton

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kadu

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with peanuts

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tofu curry

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s and a

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Edwidge Danticat in Guernica

We Are All Going to Die
Nathalie Handal interviews Edwidge Danticat, January 2011
One year after the earthquake that devastated her native Haiti, the novelist on rebuilding the island, art in a time of trouble, and inhabiting bodies.

“Haitians are born surrealists,” says Edwidge Danticat (quoting a friend). It’s a surrealism found in le quotidien. In Haiti it’s common to see a peasant sleeping in a tight space—the author and MacArthur Fellow explains—his toe on a poster of Brigitte Bardot’s eyes. Or a one-room house with Paris Match collages all over its walls. Art is at the heart of the island’s daily life and the most nuanced and powerful ambassador Haiti has, she tells us in her latest book, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work. But what can art solve in this country’s present?
On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake followed by more than fifty aftershocks ravaged the island, leaving an estimated three million people affected—over two-hundred thousand dead, three-hund…

this and that

Mandeep Sethi an interesting musical artist from SFO..

Niloufer Merchant on the role of protoganists in organizations

Himal South Asian is all about Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Mad Momma on A Chua

I like the ever articulate mad momma on the Amy Chua issue. I like her idea of parents and grandparents in India looking at the whole context. For example grandparents sacrificing parts or years of their life to help their children and grandchildren..

Vivek Wadhwa on why American education is still much better

U.S. Schools Are Still Ahead—Way Ahead
America's alarm about international rankings of students overlooks some critical components of our education system, Vivek Wadhwa says

By Vivek Wadhwa

TECHNOLOGY



America has an inferiority complex about its education system. You hear the sirens every year, when the OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) releases its annual test results. Finland, South Korea, and Singapore usually come out on top; we start blaming our K-12 teachers for not teaching enough mathematics and science; we begin worrying about the millions of engineers and scientists China and India graduate.

This year the big surprise was that Shanghai garnered first place in the PISA rankings. Then The Wall Street Journal ran a story on the home page of its website titled "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior." The Journal article claimed that Chinese (and Korean, Indian, etc.) parents raise "stereotypically successful kids"—math whizzes and music prodi…

thought for today from the Dzogchen Center

When the Mind is Quiet...
the Heart listens.

--Kirsten-Daiensai

a good segway to Chua

David has a good counterpoint to Chua.

clarity

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sincerity

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loving kindness

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compassion

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serenity

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Water

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quiet

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Nana and Dadiya

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Picture by Pradip Dalal

babies

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No one killed Jessica

An excellent movie on Jessica Lal and her strong sister Sabrina.

19x19

An Article on obsessive Indian parents.

Blue Valentine

From the New Yorker. A searing raw portrait of a marriage. Excellent film!

A chinese take on Amy Chua

A good perspective on what life long education is really about..
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Anav and Mira

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ok i didnt eat it all!

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strike a pose

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lampshade

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at home

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