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Around 17

“The family meal is not an institution”, my younger son Sahil argued with me. This made me refine my understanding of Institutions. Continue reading

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Readings and walks

Tripoli notes- This year, I separated my Reading journal into a different website. Gracereadings.com (links are given below Letters– In the past year, I consciously developed the theme of –Write a letter to a loved one who has passed way-and … Continue reading

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Work Anniversary-LSMC

On this work anniversary, I got together with some colleagues and remembered  times gone by.Here are some pictures which mark points in that journey. Remembered friends  who helped shape my perspectives. Some food workshops, some memories of the expatriate community of … Continue reading

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Tally

Meeting persons of different professions around our (Indian) Republic day gave us a broader idea of the situation. Once the work is over, they will send him back, one insider told of the missing Indian maintenance person in Sirte. We had a re-look at James Joyce’s story-Grace. The accountants on the ground quietly keep tallying the records, as some day there will be accountability. Continue reading

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Angry

Every man`s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguishes one man from another.
Papa Hemingway
..My friend BJ is angry and there are many reasons and details which feed his anger. Almost a hundred years down the time when Hemingway took part in World War I- I see the details of the life of a man negotiating through different layers, in war torn Libya Continue reading

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We all start by laughing at the Don…Book Discussions-2014-Part II

As a preview to the year end meeting of our Reading Group in Tripoli we discuss the narrative devices of Don Quixote by Cervantes. In the context of -Management Challenges of 21st century, in post 2011 Arab spring countries, one can learn a lot from these narratives.

The Reading group has helped us shape perspective, enrich our lives through many discussions of local contexts. It has also helped me evolve a Reading journal, which helps to keep in touch with friends and family around the world… There was something comical, something tragic about him. In some way, each worker in a foreign land faces these issues in some ways, issues of renewal of contract-visa, of money transfers, or getting their gratuity.

Orders and declarations signed, but not followed up by concrete action.

Or to put it in perspective of Don Quixote- the great influential work of Cervantes as Professor Shippey concluded in his lecture.

“We all start by laughing at the Don, we end by recognizing ourselves in him.” Continue reading

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin ..Book discussions-2014-Part 1-

In our year end meeting (2014) of the Reading group in Tripoli, we will discuss some management challenges. Over the years, we have discussed different aspects of literature, The reading group has also helped me evolve a –Reading journal- which has helped me keep in touch with friends and family across the globe. Continue reading

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