My posts were launched on Blogger in 2011; and have continued here since August 8, 2022. This day would have been my mother’s 98th birthday, so I dedicate this to her memory. She was born Georgina Pinto-Lobo in Saligaon, Goa; and upon her marriage was known as Jean Simeon.

My blogs are non-commercial. I believe strongly in the power of ideas; and am opposed to ideological tyranny and the control of the mind by dictators or totalitarian movements of any doctrinal inclination whatsoever. My blogging has been devoted to fostering an informed and non-polemical debate in India and globally, about the crucial concerns of our time. Here’s a thought that I consider profound: ‘It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored by the humiliation of their fellow human beings’ (M. K. Gandhi). The title, After the Truth Shower, is from a poem I wrote for a friend.

Tomorrow is a long time: Bob Dylan

A direct path merely takes you to your destination

Andre Gide

Everyone knows the usefulness of what is useful but few know the usefulness of what is useless

People all seek to know what they do not know yet; they ought rather seek to know what they know already

Zhuang Zhou (369-286 BC)

And then again there are such as consider it virtuous to say, ‘Virtue is necessary’; but at bottom they believe only that the police is necessary 

Friedrich Nietzsche​, 1883​