I don’t know of a better teacher of probability than D Basu, which is not such a surprise. But what is more worrying is that I don’t know of any good teachers of probability, apart from the few at ISI, IISc and elsewhere. I am almost certain that our high school or undergraduate students have never met a good probability teacher.
Damania brought to NAL a work ethic model of passionate commitment, deep involvement and great energy and urgency.
Sitting inside a cafe at Boulevard St Michel, and watching the people go by, I asked myself what had changed since 1980. Practically nothing, I discovered. The dresses and pavements were the same – the only clue that we were in 2001 was the almost ubiquitous mobile phone.
There are still “two” Germanys and this will be so for at least another generation. But the hospitality is gracious, the wines are divine and the toasts are sincere.
Memories of brief meetings with two extraordinary cricketers: Rahul Dravid in 2001 and B S Chandrasekhar in 2002.