Monkey and the Indo-Europeans

๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐ค๐ž๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ˆ๐ง๐๐จ-๐„๐ฎ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ Gamkrelidze and Ivanov, two major linguists hailing from the former Soviet Union, came out with a major book in the 1980s in Russian, where they proposed the Armenian homeland theory for the origins of Indo-Europeans. They made several arguments to support their theory. Many of these arguments incidentally […]

Browncast: Chris Iwanek, India-analyst from Poland

Another BP Podcast is up. You can listen onย Libsyn,ย Apple,ย Spotify, andย Stitcherย (and a variety of other platforms). Probably the easiest way to keep up the podcast since we donโ€™t have a regular schedule is toย subscribeย to one of the links above! In this episode Mukuna and Omar talk to Krzysztof Iwanek (aka Chris), who heads the Asia Research […]

Book Review- Sanghi Who Never Went to a Shakha: Anatomy of Polarization

Rahul Roushanโ€™s book traces his journey from his indifference towards his Hindu religious identity, to his wholesale acceptance of it and his subsequent paranoia of how his religious identity and his way of life are being threatened by forces he believes are inimical to both. The book, a memoir, recounts his life starting from growing […]

Musings of a Shinto Rishi

I came across this wonderful interview with Florian Wiltschko, an Austrian Shinto negi (priest) based in Japan courtesy Akshay Alladi. I was struck by some of the similarities in Wiltschokoโ€™s worldview and my own sanskaras- the approach to life I was taught by my elders, particularly my mother. โ€œ[Japan] is rich and the seasons colour […]

Caste in America!?!?! Don’t believe the hype

Everyone is talking about this piece from Bloomberg, How Big Tech Is Importing Indiaโ€™s Caste Legacy to Silicon Valley Graduates from the Indian Institutes of Technology are highly sought after by employers. They can also bring problems from home. If you are not a Bloomberg subscriber using “incognito mode” in your browser should allow you […]