The story of Lucy Kalanithi and John Duberstein is both unlikely and destined, the stuff of a rom-com. It begins, tragically, on a deathbed.
I spent many years studying and translating Sanskrit, and became fascinated by its apparent impact on mind and memory
only China truly has the wherewithal and strategic prowess to potentially shape the next chapter of the story of our age
Time may have trifled with Nehru. But time will also reveal him to be the giant that he was
What makes Nehru so compelling is his acute self-knowledge. There is practically nothing you can say against him that he is not prepared to say himself
American journalist John Gunther was quite right to say that “hardly a dozen men alive write English as well as Nehru.”
If you want to help somebody in poverty, by far the most effective thing you can do is to assist them in moving
sitting could really be killing us because it distorts the body’s own picture of how much it weighs, screwing with the systems that regulate body fat
Only those who read and write extensively might understand the nuance.
When we’ve ‘awesome’ and ‘wow’ for every good thing, really how can we appreciate words such as ‘Farrago’ and ‘Rodomontade’?
The problem with many Indians is that they’ve no real knowledge, let alone command, over English, and not being native speakers of the language the vocabulary is woefully inadequa
The key to a deeper, healthier life, it seems, isn't knowing the meaning of life — it's building meaning into your life.
Doing good, it seems, is better than feeling good.
Purpose and meaning are connected to what researchers call eudaimonic well-being. This is distinct from, and sometimes inversely related to, happiness (hedonic well-being). One constitutes a deeper, more durable state, while the other is superficial and transient
Facebook is not unlike a casino. You ever notice that there are no clocks in a casino? They don’t want you to know what time it is or how long you’ve been there. Facebook is sort of the same thing
The constant interruptions and distractions of our society are, to me, the opposite of philosophy. Getting caught up in minutiae. Getting caught up in things that don’t matter. Getting caught up in things that are designed to exploit and antagonize us and our emotions
Tesla was on the cover of Time magazine in 1931 but died a poor man in 1943 after years devoted to projects that did not receive adequate financing. Yet his most significant inventions resonate today
A parent and child’s relationship erodes over time, not overnight.
Assuming that every relationship between a parent and child will last a lifetime is as simplistic as assuming every couple will never split up.
Their findings challenge the deeply held notion that family relationships can’t be dissolved and suggest that estrangement is not all that uncommon
In the past five years, a clearer picture of estrangement has been emerging as more researchers have turned their attention to this kind of family rupture
In southern states like Tamil Nadu, some narratives lionize Lord Rama’s dark-skinned foes as representatives of the Dravidian population
In Indian culture, where dark skin is frequently associated with lower castes, colorism fuels casteism.
“In Delhi, you can’t become an important man without pulling some kind of fraud,” Sunil Kumar, a recruiter for scam call-centres, told me with a smile.
Americans lose around $1.5bn to tech-support scams every year; 86% of them originate in India.
For thousands who end up at scam call centres in cities across India, impersonating tax officers, loan agents, Apple executives or cut-rate Viagra manufacturers, the job provides the thrill of cracking the code of American emotions
BPO in India faces tough pressure from US prison inmates and workers in Philippines.
The industry has lost value over the years because of poor oversight, and competing markets including the Philippines and US prisons. But it’s still a job
The daily planner, as we came to know it, was forged in the crucible of war, when hundreds of young men enlisted it to mark the days until their return home.
But to establish and maintain relationships, people would have had to be fair, honest, generous, diligent and loyal. They would have had to be perceived as good partners. In other words, they would have had to behave morally
India continues to dismiss the need for substantive changes to its intellectual property (IP) laws and regulations
My general attitude is of thanksgiving and joy.
What’s unforgivable is Spicer’s brazen assault on spoken English.
I think the public should hear [that] yes, diabetes can be deadly, but that we have the ability to reduce the chance for this disease
Loved the part about how to treat women! This guy’s the worst!” one Amazon reviewer wrote
loneliness, interestingly, is related to an increase in egocentrism
Being with others doesn’t mean you’re going to feel connected, and being alone doesn’t mean you're going to feel lonely
If the only acceptance you can get of yourself is a fake representation on the web, that’s not going to make you feel connected
There’s a difference between being alone and feeling alone.
Loneliness is more dangerous than obesity, and it’s about as deadly as smoking
A lack of social connections can spark inflammation and changes in the immune system, so lonely people are far more likely to die prematurely
Last year Surgeon General Vivek Murthy warned that Americans are “facing an epidemic of loneliness and social isolation.”
Social isolation kills, and in the process it makes it harder to reach out to others.
New information has been reported since publication of this story that raise significant doubts about the veracity of the initial accounts on which it was based. The story relied on reports by the Associated Press and the New Indian Express quoting local officials who came upon her, and a video interview with the physician who treated her
Children believe it when their parents tell them that they are more special than others. That may not be good for them or for society
how did we end up with so many narcissists running around? Or to put it another way, what causes decent kids to turn into egotistical adults?
Ultimately, Naturale hopes to use the account to highlight the interesting quirks of the English language
certain public figure’s use of language provoked the curiosity of many Americans, and sent them to the dictionary for information
French scientists are seeking candidates to lie on their backs and do nothing for two whole months