Just as asking a government employee to do something before or after lunch, morning tea, or afternoon tea can get you in trouble, there are other things you should never do either: 1. Never protest when others think you are drunk, insane, stupid, or angry. You will only confirm suspicions. 2. Never admit that your … Continue reading Quick lessons on what not to do in life
There is a proper way to eat at an Indian buffet which those who are not desi may not appreciate. Being desi myself, I feel that I’m qualified to advise others. But my qualifications to pontificate on this topic don’t end with a blanket ethnic designation. In an earlier era, I was a graduate student … Continue reading How to eat at an Indian buffet
Each one of us is born with a gift. I think I’ve finally found mine. I’m invisible. Yes, you heard correctly. I’m invisible. I’m not invisible like Mr. India was in the Bollywood film Mr. India. To claim so would be delusional. In fact, I’m pretty sure that you could see me clearly if you … Continue reading Sense and sensor ability
Dear Ty Kundu: I hope this email finds you well. I for one have been passing my days just fine, though I will be the first to admit that I find the climate sometimes not agreeable with my health (the result of which is often a change in my disposition). In those unfortunate times, I … Continue reading How to reply to any request to do any work
An American coworker once asked me why we Indians break out into song and dance all the time. At that moment I vaguely remember answering that we like to shake a leg instinctively because our streets have a lot of rabid, stray dogs which we want to shoo away when they attempt to bite us. … Continue reading Why do Indians dance all the time?
What they say: I’d like to thank the organizers for inviting me to this session… What they mean: I’d like to thank the organizers for inviting me to Hawaii in December. In return, I am inviting them to talk in my department’s seminar series. What they say: The raw data is in the graph next … Continue reading What scientists say at meetings versus what they actually mean