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  • Literature and the Brain

    February 6, 2023 by

    Three years ago at Stanford, I caught a bug. I am not talking about the affliction that plagued us all globally. I had been fortunate to escape in 2020, though I did inevitably catch COVID a couple of years later, while ensconced in the warm cocoon of home in Singapore. This event did have a… Read more

  • An Education

    January 31, 2023 by

    It’s great to be back, to this blog, to Stanford, to the Bay Area. It’s appropriate to start with a disclosure. This blog is not generated by Chat GPT3 (yet). Otherwise I would be more prolific and regular and maybe more readable, who knows! It’s not because of my ethics or integrity that I am… Read more

  • Blast from the Past

    November 12, 2021 by

    Nostalgically thinking of my 7 closest IIT hostel buddies during 1983-87 and BFFs since! We had a Zoom Reunion last week as 4 of the 7 met up in Karjat at a place we had all gone to in 1985. We all wore T shirts, specially crafted for the reunion, courtesy of Sanjeev Paidhungat. The… Read more

  • An Unfamiliar Flashback !

    July 9, 2020 by

    Gauri cunningly circulated this photo on our family group chat on Father’s Day. I was so proud of our eldest daughter, the girl kneeling on the right. Except for her first cousin next to her, I did not recognise the other children. I was puzzled, so I looked closely at the faces. Now, our second… Read more

  • Father’s Day Musings

    June 23, 2020 by

    This particular photograph resurfaced on Father’s Day and its significance should be rather self-evident. It is both light and heavy – so much so that my three daughters keep me grounded till today. The mirth and joy on their faces is reinvigorating and the photograph never fails to open a flood of warm and blissful… Read more

  • Louis Kahn Architecture IIM Ahmedabad

    May 29, 2020 by

    An Alumnus Perspective after 30 years It is a salubrious spring morning with gorgeous blue North California skies, bright sunshine and a crisp 12 degrees Celsius. I take a deep yoga breath and imbue fresh oxygen and dollops of Vitamin D. I am standing on Palm Drive overlooking Stanford Oval, watching young men and women… Read more

  • Life – Stranger than fiction but less fun

    April 24, 2020 by

    It is truly a surreal world we are living in. I would think that you, my fellow travellers on this blog, are the privileged lot, in a slightly inconvenienced but hopefully safe place. With time on our hands, creativity is flourishing, as are human connections. Philosophy has gone mainstream as we are forced to ruminate… Read more

  • A Divine Intervention

    March 11, 2020 by

    This is a memory from 4 years ago which I have attempted to faithfully reproduce (pun unintended, this is a serious matter). During this intense period of tribulation in my life, I received precious support and love from several of you – for which I will be eternally grateful. — I am not a religious… Read more

  • A Family Secret

    March 1, 2020 by

    Sharing below a recent class assignment with the following prompt “Write about a secret, lie or mystery related to a person or place you know well (500-600 words).” I could well have penned something related to most of you, my dear readers, but decided to be discreet and keep it about the immediate family –… Read more

  • Literary Pursuits

    February 16, 2020 by

    My last blog at the turn of this year was invaluable as I gained an insightful self-realisation. I have since taken Amit’s Renaissance path seriously and am loving this Winter Quarter with a primary course concentration in Art, History and Language. Appreciation of art is helping me capture the sense of the moment. I studied… Read more

  • Traditions

    January 2, 2020 by

    It is 4PM on the last day of 2019. I sit down to pen this much-procrastinated blog with a determination, but get swiftly distracted by an incoming email. I am soon immersed in doing something which is certainly not, and never has been, a tradition of mine. I eagerly browse through the newly arrived syllabi… Read more

  • The Times They Are A Changin’….

    November 18, 2019 by

    It is quite incredible how time flies by so quickly here at Stanford. Maybe it’s the Quarter Academic system or simply the fact that we are having a lot of fun. It certainly is a very packed time and we are learning new things every single day. Beyond the classes that we are enrolled in,… Read more

  • The New Frontier

    October 11, 2019 by

    As I reflect on the first two weeks of classes, there is an intense feeling of joy, satisfaction and positive anticipation. All my classes are fascinating with most centred around the study of the mind and brain. I am taking a CS course on “Mind and Machines”, another on AI, and a third on Cognitive… Read more

  • To New Beginnings… “Break A Leg”

    October 6, 2019 by

    As the first week of classes loom, there is nervousness and excitement in the air. Farewell gifts from Singapore are unwrapped – one, from a beloved nephew and niece-in-law is a set of sleek cardinal-coloured writing books with our names embossed on the cover. Student life, here we come! Another thoughtful gift has a little… Read more

  • Hello Stanford

    September 9, 2019 by

    Hi 👋🏽 from Menlo Park. My wife Gauri and I arrived in the Valley a week ago, several weeks before the start of classes for our one year DCI Fellowship. Some early musings penned below. It’s been a fabulous beginning, our younger twin daughters have been here for a month. They finished a Liberal Arts undergrad… Read more

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