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From: Dyutiman D.
Sent on: Saturday, November 15, 2008 7:10 PM

I decided to condense several announcements into one email for brevity.

1. I have started a new blog (Ctrl+D for bookmarks), covering snippets on politics, the economy, technology, books and fine dining (in New York). I thought many of you might find it interesting. Feel free to comment, you only need a Google ID. Apologies if this is a repeat post for you.

2. Our coming event is a discussion on the bailout, this coming Tue on 18-th Nov.

3. Our next event will be a book-club meeting on 9-th Dec. The book is "The Conscience of a Liberal", by Paul Krugman. It's a short notice, but the book is only a couple of hundred pages and a quick read.

4. After the holidays, I have a big fat book in mind. On 20th Jan, the new president will take office, and Obama considers Doris Goodwin's "A Team of Rivals" (about Lincoln's cabinet) to have shaped his ideas of leadership and governance. We already see this play out in his possible choice of Hillary Clinton as sec of state. Even without this, it is still a fantastic book. I previously had Jan 20 for our meeting, but I might just be going down to DC, so I moved it to Jan 27. I am yet to fill out all the details in the event page, will do it soon, but you have the advance info here.

5. Looking forward to next year (i.e. if all is well on Wall St) I plan to cover the various global problems that the next administration will face. We have already touched on foreign policy (Zakaria's Post American World) and environment (Brown, Plan B 3.0) and the economy (Morris, Trillion Dollar Meltdown and the bailout discussion this coming week) is ever present, and from next year we'll be tackling a few others like oil (Yergin, The Prize), food supply (Patel, Stuffed and Starved), alternative energy (Krupp and Horn, Earth 2.0 or Thomas Friedman: please send your preference) and even religion (Meacham, The American Gospel).

6. Apart from book clubs, we should also be having discussions on current topics. If you have a topic in mind I welcome you to check with me, and then organize reading materials and lead a discussion. I might not be able to address all the issues that might be of interest to our large group.

I hope to see many of you at our meet-up. Have a great weekend,


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