Every so often, and for no apparent reason, the sly razor demon emerges with a smile and says, “Off with his beard! Off with his beard!” and before I can ask “Why?” my facial hair has disappeared. Today, that happened to me again, and as usual, it was out of my control. I almost didn’t even realize what happened, until I stepped outside and my chin was cold. For your
Anyone who has spent some time in India is sure to have noticed the slogans painted on the back of trucks, autos, and other vehicles advising “we two, ours one”. This is part of India’s “family planning” efforts–efforts which have had a pretty bumpy history that included a forced sterilization program. Originally, the slogans were “we two, ours two”, or at least that was the catchy English version–regional languages usually had a slogan more along the lines of “one family, two children”.