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Good read: on education

when workplaces valued punctuality, regularity, attention, and silence above all else. (In 1899, William T. Harris, the US commissioner of education, celebrated the fact that US schools had developed the “appearance of a machine,” one that teaches the student “to behave in an orderly manner, to stay in his own place, and not get in the way of others.”)

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Warhol

Pink eraser: I never fall apart because I never fall together.

Also – “Everybody should like everybody,” and “The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting,”

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Two day strike – what they want

A simple napkin calculation says an average household needs to make Rs.1.4 lakh a month to be in middle class in India by global standards of consumption. So if you make less than a lakh a month, you are struggling by global standards. Shouldn’t everybody make at least Rs.10,000 a month?

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Special 26 – Movie Review

There was a time when there were two types of hindi movies, and both were horrible. Those times have changed. Nowadays it is tough to say “a very good hindi movie in a long time”, when Gangs of Wasseypur, Matru ke Bijili ka Mandola, and to some (arguable) effect Barfi and Shanghai release in a year’s time. “Special Chabbis” is the best hindi movie I have watched in the past month, and Neeraj Pandey almost exceeds expectations with his second movie. When his first movie, “A Wednesday” released, I remember saying “a very good hindi movie in a long time”; times have changed.

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