Pointlessness

When my mother gave birth to me, it was a touch-and-go sitiuation. I was created with an abnormally huge head, which I would like to insist is filled with a brain the size of a small planet. Whether because of the head or some other medical reason, my mother had to undergo an emergency c-section. Lembrar, this was more than half a century ago in a remote hill station near Munnar in Kerala.
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Childhood Friend

When I was a child, I had a friend in the neighborhood. A smart (and slightly nerdy) kid, not unlike myself. We used to hang out, play badminton and do physics experiments. By the time we were teenagers, we kind of drifted apart, as our paths diverged. Posteriormente, I went the IIT-USA, global-citizen-route and ended up in Singapore. He, of more modest ambitions, stayed back at home, and got a job roughly similar to what my father used to do. I kept hearing of him, although I never really ran into him. He got married, probably had a couple of kids, and everything must have been going smoothly, even a bit dully. But a couple of years ago he suddenly died of leukemia.

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American School Shooting

Another day, another American school shooting. The predictable aftermath will be “thoughts and prayers” (although people use different words now because of the current climate of skepticism), another pointless debate over gun laws, and a few “never agains” and “never forgets”. Instead of those exercises in futility, I thought I would write about some other curious aspects of America’s deadly romance with guns.

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When Your Child is as Big as You

My mom used to say that when your child is as big as you, you have to treat them with respect. What she actually said was that you had to address them using a respectful form of “you,” which doesn’t make any sense in English, but may work in Hindi or French. It worked poetically well in Malayalam. I was reminded of this maternal pearl of wisdom recently when I was watching a movie with my son.

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Contradictions

Life is full of contradictions.

I am attending a research retreat on mindfulness and contemplative practices at the beautiful Garrison Institute. I am learning a lot of interesting things, and meeting a lot of like-minded and excellent people – the kind of people with whom I could have deep conversation about the unreal nature of reality, unlike most people from other walks of life would politely and tactfully excuse themselves when I get a bit unreal.

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An Instructional Experience

Acabei de terminar o meu primeiro mandato como professor na Universidade de Administração de Cingapura,,en,Eu ensinei um curso de graduação chamado computador como ferramenta de análise,,en,que está na modelagem de negócios e apoio à decisão baseada em dados,,en,Eu tinha cerca de,,en,em três seções de três horas de aula cada por semana,,en,Eu tenho que dizer a coisa toda foi uma experiência muito enriquecedora,,en,as razões por trás desta declaração será exposta em,,en,teorizado e hipótese,,en,este é Blog Unreal,,en. I taught an undergraduate course called Computer as an Analysis Tool, which is on business modelling and data-driven decision support. I had about 130 alunos, in three sections of three classroom hours each per week. I have to say the whole thing was a very enriching experience. Claro, the reasons behind this statement will be expounded on, theorized and hypothesized – this is Unreal Blog, afinal.

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Twilight Years

At some point in our life, we come to accept the fact we are closer to death than life. What lies ahead is definitely less significant than what is left behind. These are the twilight years, and I have come to accept them. With darkness descending over the horizons, and the long shadows of misspent years and evaded human conditions slithering all around me, I peer into the void, into an eternity of silence and dreamlessness. É almost time.

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Sunset Career

O ensino é uma vocação nobre e gratificante. As my sunset career, I have accepted a faculty position at Singapore Management University, ensino de análise de dados e modelagem de negócios na Escola de Sistemas de Informação. Estes temas se coaduna com a minha entrepreneurial ventures from earlier this year on data analytics and process automation, que foram todos uma parte da minha saindo da aposentadoria.

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