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  • Hanuman Jayanti

    People in Bangalore, Karnataka, India seize the moment as they celebrate the birthday of Hanuman (the Hindu monkey god) by lighting 100,000 clay oil lamps in the heart of the city.


    Dec 15

  • Street food in Bangalore, India

    One of the great things about India is the street food (as long as it is freshly cooked.) Here, I take you with me as I enjoy some street food in Bangalore, India.


    Dec 12

  • Face to face with the law of unintended consequences

    Recent experiences have reminded me of one of my favorite economist’s terms, the so-called “law of unintended consequences.” It is not a law in the literal sense, but refers to the idea that actions of people—and especially of organizations—often have effects that are unanticipated or unintended. Economists and other social scientists have long understood this, but organizations and individuals often ignore it at their peril. I am not sure why, but when I am in South Asia, I think about this more often than I do at home.


    Jan 10

  • Indian odds and ends

    My time in Calcutta, India, has ended and I am now in Bengaluru, (formerly Bangalore,) with my wife’s family. Considering how bad the weather is in the U.S. right now, I am particularly pleased to be here where it is warm and dry, working in familiar territory. This trip to India has been a bit of a whirlwind, with five-day stops in both Chennai (formerly Madras) and Kolkatta (formerly Calcutta.) Now I am starting a longer stay in Bengaluru. All this moving about has left me with bits and pieces of things to think about, which will make up this blog entry.


    Dec 09

  • … in Bangalore traffic

    This podcast portrays the chaotic nature of road traffic in Bangalore, India


    May 09

  • Call center workers in Bangalore, India

    This podcast explores the experience of call center workers in Bangalore, India


    Apr 09