Hi Madhu, WCIS? (What Can I Say?) ... there are assholes in every culture ... ['Course ... We tend to grow 'em a tad bigger over here!] ;-) ... but ... on a tangentially related topic ... Can I bug you for a list of some worthwhile Indian authors/books worth reading? That might <hangs head here because he can't read anything else> have decent English translations? I might have a Bhagavad-Gita and/or a Kama Sutra laying around the house - but that's probably the extent of my Indian collection. ... Ummm ... assuming those *are* Indian, of course. RonL. (Who once-in-a-while realizes he can tap on people by asking for book references in order to get small glimmers into their cultural view of the world.) Hmmmm ... maybe I should bug Javier as well? ... and Henny? ... and Elfur? ... and ....??? -----Original Message----- From: Madhu Menon [mailto:webguru at vsnl.net] You once asked me where I got the impression that Americans didn't understand other cultures. Well, I'm forwarding this message from a person on another mailing list. He sent me this when I told him not to refer to India as "third world". People like him are the proverbial rotten apple in the basket.