Over dinner I asked him what his current work entailed, what his day-to-day schedule was like. He looked deeply into his plate of rice and dal, not saying anything. I felt that perhaps he hadn't understood my question. But then he spoke. "I do some chores here and there, sleep, go to the department for a bit." I looked at his face closely, trying to detect any irony, or humility, or aloofness (in <em>A Beautiful Mind</em> sense!). I didn't see anything.
Varanasi-based writer and consultant
Abhimanyu Chandra is a consultant at Banaras Hindu University. He is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Cambridge, and a former Yale Charles P. Howland fellow. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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