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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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I celebrate each and every Nobel Laureate. Even Anwar Sadat and Al Gore.

But some more than others.

This year I am delighted that an Indian American, Venky Ramakrishnan has been awarded. I liked the part where he was having a bad day because his bicycle had a flat tire, and then he was told the news, and yet he had to go to work to finish up a grant proposal. He's my kind of scientist.

I 'm also happy about this morning's news that President Obama was awarded the prize.

"The Nobel Committee is in the tank" -- that's what my Republican friends will say. I don't know what it means, but every time Obama is complimented, it has become their habit to say that.


I am my own man, but...

Al Gore once famously said that he is his own man. I'm too, but I must reflect what my dad would have said on this occasion of Nobel Prizes.

Of course, there is his famous quote on Why Gandhi Didn't Get a Nobel.

But every time an Indian American received the prize, and the Indians celebrated, Bappa would cringe. He felt that it was a sad day because those accomplishments could not have been achieved in India. He had felt ashamed of even Mother Teresa's Nobel.

Bappa did have an important perspective. After all he was one of the pioneering scientists, who went back to India after a PhD in the USA, only to be frustrated and humiliated in India.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Friday, October 9, 2009
Last Modified: 10/18/2009 12:23:57 PM

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