… » click to continue reading “An Excerpt from “They Thought They Were Free” by Milton Mayer”
“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.”
It’s been many months since I took myself off from Facebook and Instagram. My mental health and professional life is a lot better since then.
However, I miss posting updates on social media. Especially pics of the food I cook & eat, my cat Squanchy, beautiful Oaxaca, and some personal stuff. And of course, my political and geeky rants.
To combat this urge, I decided to convert this personal blog into a social media type feed. I can post long-form content as usual, with featured images and all the jazz.… » click to continue reading “Updated My Blog to Act Like a Feed”
If you don’t understand caste, you don’t understand India.
It took me a long time to read this book, which is actually an undelivered speech. It took even longer to write this review. Frankly, I didn’t think it would be this long. I started typing it in the Goodreads app, and then it became so long that I had to move it to my laptop. And here we are.
Annihilation of Caste by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar should be a must-read for every Indian and anyone who wants to learn about India.… » click to continue reading “Annihilation of Caste Review: An Intro to India’s Biggest Bigotry”