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Today's Quote

While Faith, rather like Love, must involve factual knowledge, it is not reducible to it.

Terry Eagleton – Reviewing Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion

Read the full review at http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n20/eagl01_.html

Francis Fukuyama and America at the crossroads

A must-read review of the latest book from Francis Fukuyama

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n19/holm01_.html

Lessons I never learnt

Reflection time, yet again! I suspect I suffer from these periodic depressions because I see time is running out for me, and I am getting older, without achieving much with my life. Don’t get me wrong – it is not about money – I don’t feel insecure in the least, but this is more about ‘what’s the point’ feeling, a soul-search on why I am doing what I am doing, perhaps very typical, mid-career blue.

In any case, today, when I was midst of one bout of depression, and coincidentally was blessed with a longish and solitary train journey, I started thinking about my grandfather. If I rate people who have influenced my life, he will come up on the top. And, today, I was thinking about the lessons I should have learnt from him, but never did – at least till today’s train journey.

Lesson 1: Work’s worth
He had a long life, but he never retired. He was never employed, either. Starting up at an early age in a business set up by his father, he attended office till he was 85 and got paralysed after …

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