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Like a Mother

This was no tsunami, after all, no act of God or Nature. [...]

Suckers

North India is enduring the longest, hottest summer ever. While the experts debate whether this is proof-positive of global warming or just a run of bad luck, we suffer. [...]

Stepping Away

Unkind critics may say Thoreau wasn’t much braver than suburban American boys who pitch tents on their back lawns, but how far does anyone have to step back to get perspective on the jumble that is normal life? [...]

Everything Changed

No one could have expected such a transformation. Our city, Allahabad, was a place about which people always said, “Nothing ever changes.” [...]

Common Courage

There may be a few people in today’s world who can claim a constant lineage of over-privileged ancestors, of those who never had to do anything except eat, sleep, and procreate. Most of us across the globe, though, are alive because our ancestors had the courage to carry on. [...]

A Larger Life

My father could accept the limitations that time and circumstances had placed on his life when he felt that he was part of a continuum that ran from fearless pioneers to go-getting children. [...]