Quick lessons on what not to do in life

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

How to pronounce Hindu Bengali names

“Hi, can I speak to an Arabian?” “Excuse me?” “Hi, I’m trying to reach an Arabian.” “Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but I am an Indian.” “No, I mean is this the phone of Mr. An-arabian er… I’m not even going to try to pronounce your last name.” “Ah, if you’re looking for Anirban, … Continue reading How to pronounce Hindu Bengali names

A series of open letters

It is the season for ranting. Actually, every season is the season for ranting. Not wanting to be left out, I've decided to post a few open letters to choice individuals. Every situation is true unless it it addressed to you (in which case the resemblance is purely fictional). ____________________ Dear Paul: I appreciate your … Continue reading A series of open letters

ReLAX: you are in the City of Angels

"California: bordering always on the Pacific and sometimes on the ridiculous"                                                                             –  George Carlin "Lay off California... We have bears and great white-sharks and even our washed-up actors are allowed to kill one blonde chick."      -    Bill Maher I’ve been out of the loop for a while and … Continue reading ReLAX: you are in the City of Angels