India though the eyes of a former Viceroy

A chance encounter with a copy of the October 1943 issue of the National Geographic magazine at a library book-sale piqued my interest since the headline article was about British India. I have always had more than a passing curiosity in the opinions of the British ruling-class during the days of the Raj. What did … Continue reading India though the eyes of a former Viceroy

A mandatory conversation before you leave India for higher studies in the US

In 1999, Pappu Patligali "passed out" of the New Elite Institute of Technology with a job in hand. He had been recruited on-campus by Technotomorrow, an IT firm that promised to send gullible prospects on-site to their Connecticut branch to work on VLP (very-low priority) coding solutions for the Y2K problem. Technotomorrow wasn't innovative and … Continue reading A mandatory conversation before you leave India for higher studies in the US

Asha Bhosle and R.D. Burman – a musical journey and a concert

It took me six years to complete my Ph.D. It has taken me over sixteen years to come close to completing my collection of all of Rahul Dev Burman's released music.  My personal journey began just before Panchamda died in 1994. Over the years I've laughed, cried, fallen in love, and celebrated the seasons of … Continue reading Asha Bhosle and R.D. Burman – a musical journey and a concert

Amnesia in Bollywood movies

Profound amnesia is exceedingly rare in the South Asian sub-continent, but a rather frequent occurrence in Bollywood Hindi films. The most common variety of memory loss involves an on-screen character who has experienced a traumatic life-event usually resulting in head injury. The character then shows no recollection of events occurring prior to the onset of … Continue reading Amnesia in Bollywood movies

Treating hypothermia – the silent killer of South Asia

One of the leading causes of death in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh is hypothermia. Rough back-of-the-envelope estimates tell us that without treatment one person dies from this horrible acute affliction every three minutes in the winter months (within an acceptable margin of error). In the summer months, the rate only decreases slightly to one person … Continue reading Treating hypothermia – the silent killer of South Asia