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What I’m learning: The Sedona Method

  • The desire to change a particular problem or solution is often an impediment to actually seeing change in that very event. To accept not only the situation as it is but also the desire to change it prevents entrapment in a cycle of helplessness.
  • The resistance we feel inside isn’t just limited to tasks we don’t enjoy. We can just as easily feel resistance to things we enjoy once we’re doing them (read: exercise).
  • Feelings are not who we are, they’re something we have.
  • There are nine base emotions:
    • Apathy
    • Grief
    • Fear
    • Lust
    • Anger
    • Pride
    • Courage
    • Acceptance
    • Peace

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5/29/09 / Throng

6:39 PM Why are Indian people such nerds? Seven of eleven winners in the latest Spelling bee were Indian.

What I found more interesting were a couple of comments about the event:

Argh! As an Indian, I don’t like it at all. What is the point of learning to spell at a freakish level?

I had a chance to watch the national math counts championship some years ago. It was all Asians and Jews.

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I appreciate these kids and their talent but parents ought to go a little easy. The obsession with “Spelling Bees” in the US based Indian community is dangerous! Majority of these kids are confined to “nerd” status all thru their school years and their parents do more harm than they realize. An entry to the National Bees earns lifelong bragging rights for the parents in the desi community. Does it do anything for the kids in the real world as US citizens? Probably not!

For a change try encouraging your kids to participate in more endurance sports than the Spelling Bees.

-Source

And then, from the same source as above, there’s this (random but seemingly sincere) comment:

Well…its nice to hear that Indian-American kids are flourishing. God bless them. But can the US administration be a bit more pro-active in getting the American-Indians confined to reservation camps sprouting all over the US, into the main stream in society. The reservation camps have been allowed self administration and law enforcers do not enter those areas. The result is that the reservation camps are centres of crime, drug abuse, gambling which even interested local whites utilise. But the mindset of White Americans, having grown up playing Cowboys n Indians, is to deprive them legitimate places in society if any of them have ideas of breaking free from their reservation areas. Even colored Americans who did’nt have a right to vote till 1960 are today much better off. Though there are localities where a colored man will be looked up by the local Sheriff just for having entered a white neighbourhood.

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5/28/09 / Drive

9:34 AM An idea for an ad that occurred to me last night:

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In the empty space I would add the image of a bottle for a sports-drink called “It”. The ad could be for a brand of sports-drink or for a blood-drive.

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5/25/09 / Paris

2:13 PM On US Airways flight 482, I came across a flaring grammatical error in the official US Airways magazine. (Click the picture below to visit article.)

I was even more surprised that the article wasn’t fixed online, but as I’m sure it will be sooner or later (after a barrage of comments from readers), I took a screenshot for posterity.

US Airways article

A Looming American Diaspora

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5/24/09 / Din

Prudential Hall

4:39 PM Last night I was here with my family, attending a concert for the living legend Jagjit Singh. The venue was Prudential Hall at NJPAC in Newark, NJ. It was beautiful, and before the show started, I was staring at the stage and thinking about all the hard work that went into setting everything up. From the three giant flower vases to the background painted by light on the stage; from the microphone setup and pillow and cushion placement for the performers to the one-foot high platform on the stage on which the performers sat, everything was well thought out and executed.

Jagjit Singh

The show itself was alright. I was disappointed that he didn’t play many ghazals and chose to perform more of his mainstream hits from films, like “Chitthi na koi sandesh” from Dushman and “Hoshwalon ko khabar kya” from Sarfarosh. It was no doubt what the audience-as-a-whole desired, because the mainstream hits received a much bigger response in applause than the few ghazals he did sing. At least he didn’t neglect to sing “Hoton se choo lo tum” (also from a film, Prem Geet), one of his most touching and popular compositions.

The show ended at midnight. My parents observed that when they saw him 10 years ago, even though the venue was less posh and crowd more rowdy, he sounded slightly better and the show went on till 1:30 – 2 in the morning. The worst thing about it was probably that he routinely kept looking at his watch, giving the impression that he was in a hurry or didn’t want to be there.

He was funny and interactive with both the audience as well as his accompanying performers on the flute, violin, electric and acoustic guitars, and dholak and tabla. Every time the flute player would play he would motion for him to play louder.

This is perhaps Jagjit Singh’s last time on tour, so I’m lucky that I got to see him live at all.

4:32 PM I’ve been bothered by the advertising hook of “homemade” for some time now. It’s generally used in reference to food and cooking, but it makes me ask: If homemade is so great when it comes to food, why are so many restaurants in the world and so many restaurant-goers? Why do advertisers think “homemade” will appeal to the consumer, when the fact is that most of them are probably average cooks at best? What percentage of consumers could have grown up in a house where Mom loved to cook and was great at it, so that “homemade” actually works to convince them to buy a product or visit a restaurant?

To me, whenever I hear something about homemade on TV, it screams something like: Leave home and come buy our product or visit our restaurant for that homemade taste.

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