Vacation planning

This is happening right now in many Indian families.  The NRIs want to plan months in advance and the Indians cannot even plan the next week.  It all depends on whether the plumber shows up 🙂 We aren’t a commitment phobic people.  We are just interdependent on multiple moving parts.
In the Abilene Paradox, a group does something that nobody wants to do because each person thinks that everyone else wants to do it!

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The Saturday Interview: Divya Spandana

Unlike BJP, Congress doesn’t hit below the belt: Divya Spandana Ahead of Karnataka elections, Congress social media head Divya Spandana in an interview spoke of giving the grand old party a new and young voice and BJP a run for its money Last Published: Fri, May 11 2018. 07 01 PM IST Shoba Narayan Divya Spandana…

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Summer pleasures

Come summer and I think of the time my grandmother and I got drunk together. Our libation was the sap of the palmyra tree and it appeared like clockwork this time of year. Called padaneer in Tamil and neera up North, this sap of the Borassus flabellifer tree tasted of jaggery, coconut, and water. The men who sold it to us insisted that it had “no kick,” but was full of “strength and vitamins.”

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Role reversal

When do you become an adult? People have different answers for this. Some say that they become adults when they leave home for college, when they make decisions on their own. Others link it to their first kiss, or more prosaically, their first paycheck. One friend said that she became an adult when her parents died.
My parents’ relationship is beyond the realm of words or date nights or flowers on anniversaries. Their bond is primal.

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