Thursday, July 03, 2003

recommended beverage, weather plug and hidden newsitem nuggets

I'd like to recommend a combination of a cold can of Sprite and a couple of teaspoons of black salt (which is pink, btw, and also comprises a good household remedy for constipation). Note: add the black salt carefully, if you choose to add it to the glass of Sprite -- the fizz accrues at an amazing rate, be warned! There's this needling feeling in the back of my mind telling me that I've had this before in Pune. Wish I could remember where. For more about black salt, hit the end of this post.

After a dreary Monday, a wet wet bleak Tuesday, and a sparsely cloudy Wednesday, may I welcome you to a bright clear crisp Thursday morning here in Atlanta. Just as well, since ID4@USA is due tomorrow, a long weekend, and a chance for people to take a break (buy expensive tickets, go to an amusement park, et al).

US presidential candidate praises Silicon Valley Indians screams the headline. Buried deep down in a general-purpose report is the paragraph that prompted the headline (that it was an Indian newspaper would explain the choice of headline): He also cited the contributions of Indian immigrants to the Silicon Valley culture. Lieberman mentioned an encounter with an Indian American student at Georgetown University who approached him after a meeting and said the senator reminded her of what she might achieve. She installed a screen saver on her computer that says, "If Joe can do it, so can I.". Yes, you can read that last part again and surrender to a paroxysm of corny glee.

black salt 101: Black salt is produced by fusing rock salt with amla, the Indian Gooseberry (scientifically: the astringent fruit of an Indian tree Phyllanthus emblica). As I mentioned earlier, Indian medicine employs it as a tonic and aperient. It merits mention in both the Raamaayan and the Mahaabhaarat as also a nod from Charaka. More from the Google News Archive.

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