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Samir Somaiya
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On Giving in American Higher Education
Last week, I was reading an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, that listed Private Donations to private and public institutions of higher learning.  What amazed me, that Harvard University received $1.1 billion last year.  That's about Rs. 7,000 ...

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A few weeks ago, I visited our school in Nareshwadi (Dahanu), and saw the installation of the solar concentrator.  It was wonderful to see, sice after the installation, we are now saving 200 kg of firewood a day, and all the food for the hostel kids, the da...

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At the PAPSAC Conference at Harvard
I was invited by Professor Ray Goldberg, an 88 year old powerhouse, who wants people from Industry, Government, NGOs, and Academia, to create a better food system. This is the second time that I have attended the meeting of PAPSAC, as it is called. http://w...

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Taking a Heritage Walk in Mumbai
Last Sunday, we took a heritage walk in Mumbai, along with my Harvard classmates who had come to visit India.  The walk was led by Sarthak, whose passion was heritage. What a wonderful walk it was.  He took us through just a few hundred m walk around Kala G...

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Libraries, informration, knowledge and all that
Last year, I attended the meeting of the Cornell Council, of which I was a member.  I attended the talk by the Head Librarian of the University, when she explained, that libraries were the gateway to knowledge, and opened a window of information, opportunit...

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On meeting two young girls near Churchgate station, and their dreams
Last week, I was at Churchgate, outside a restaurant, where I met a young 14 year old girl, who was selling some goods, as a hawker.  I asked her, whether she went to school.  She said she did, but she sold these toys to make a living.  I asked her, what sh...

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On listening to Joseph Stiglitz on Inequality
Last week, I was in Vienna, attending the convention organised by the EPCA European Petrochemical Association.  They had invited the Nobel prize winning professor Joseph Stiglitz, to deliver the keynote. It was a wonderful talk.  He spoke about inequality, ...

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महानगर - by राकेश कौशिक
I quoted from a poem written by Rakesh Kaushik, महानगर, The link to the same is here: http://www.anubhuti-hindi.org/chhandmukt/r/rakesh_kaushik/mahanagar.htm It is an interesting poem, that refers to the insensitivities that a city cultivates.  Where nobody...

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