What’s Peru got to do with the Taj Mahal and globalisation?

This travelogue is more about our dinner-time conversations and less about Peru. Here we are Mother and Daughter, traveling through Peru to ‘go see’ Machu Picchu and Nazca Lines. It was a dream come true since the time I had read the ‘Chariots of the Gods’ during my college days. The two of us had a gala time in Peru, soaking in the monuments, and hanging on to the local guide’s words, especially when he conversed in Spanish and Quechua languages. Family of foodies, our dinner time can last for hours. The conversation always starts around food but it ends up ‘far-out’. So, what’s Peru got to do with the Taj Mahal? You see, our guide had mentioned that Peru was the heart of the silver trade and I remembered my Mother had told me years ago about the Mogul empire’s silver coins.
Our curiosity was fueled by yummy Peruvian food, accompanied by google, Wikipedia, our local guide’s comments, and remembrance of conversations with my Mother…

Overlooking Machu Picchu with my daughter, 2022.


  • 1493 – Christopher Columbus voyaged west looking for India and landed in the West Indies.
  • Of course, what resulted was the colonization of the Americas.
  • Silver was a key resource extracted out of present-day Bolivia at that time under Peruvian rule.
  • “To keep Bolivian silver competitive, Peruvian laborers were paid minimal wages and treated almost like slaves” – Our guide.


Many historians argue that silver was responsible for the birth of global economics and trade. According to this view, global trade commenced in 1571 when Manila was founded and became the first trading post linking America and Asia due to the expansive and profitable silver trade.[28] Scholars find the amount of silver traveling from Manila to China was approximately three million pesos or 94,000 kilograms in the early 1600s.

Silver also found its way across other parts of the world as well. India and Europe both received a fair amount of silver.[10] This silver was often locally traded for other commodities, such as gold or crops. In India, silver flowed from the south to the north, and gold flowed the opposite way.[10] Often silver and gold were manufactured into jewelry or hoarded as treasure.



  • 1498 – Vasco-de-Gama voyaged east and found India ushering in, the beginning of global trade routes. Eliminating Ottomans as middlemen.
  • Spice trade shifted to new sea routes. Assuming the purchasing price of spices from Asia remained the same, but without the Ottoman levy, the selling prices in Europe had to have dropped.
  • What happens when the selling price drops?
    • It would no longer be a luxury item. Affordable price results in a demand uptick.
  • What happens when demand would have gone up?
    • The purchasing price of spices may have trickled up. This would have attracted more tradesmen in India, who in turn offered more compensation to farmers.
    • Farmers naturally would grow more spices to make more money.
    • The GDP (gross domestic product of spices at least) would have gone up in 1500.
  • What would have happened with an increase in GDP?
    • Net tax revenue might have gone up, trickling up to the kings of The Mogul Empire.
  • What were the European tradesmen giving in exchange for the trade?
    • Some goods and perhaps Silver – our guess is that it came all the way from Peru, you can do the math or deduction…


  • What happened to the Mogul Empire between 1500 and 1699?
    • Akbar the great expanded his empire. Upperclassmen, seeking favors from the king may have offered gifts in the form of – stay with me – you guessed it – freely available and reminted European silver coins or silver from Peru.
  • Were coins widely in circulation in India?
    • Yes and No. India had gold and silver coins all the way back to early civilization, but coins remained in the hands of upperclassmen.
    • “Farmers usually traded using the barter system, taxes were also paid in kind or commodity.” My Mom.
  • Did the Mogul Empire influence the way coins were used in India?
    • Every king came up with their own coin system. Again, stay with me as I speculate that after the Mogul empire got hoards of taxes and favors, the mints were ordered to melt the Dutch/Spanish/Peruvian silver coins to produce Mogul coins in volumes never seen before in India. – You may find more details here.
    • Farmers would save in the form of jewelry but “also in the form of Mogul Coins.” My Mom.
    • My guess is it’s due to the volumes, now available to the masses.


Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1631 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1628–1658) to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal;

  • With three generations of hoarding and even after spending money on public reform, the royal coffers had more money than ever seen before.
  • Architecture, art, and public works flourished.
  • Moguls stayed aligned with the Ottoman, living in a shell, oblivious to globalisation.
  • Much to the dislike of prince Aurangzeb, king Shah Jahan, going through grief and probably a mid-life crisis, decides to spend even more lavishly than previous kings’ combined spending on public works, architecture, and art.

The Taj Mahal : “teardrop on the cheek of time”

-Rabindranath Tagore

There you have it, the Taj Mahal may have been financed by an overflow of silver coming out of South America as a direct outcome of globalisation. Please contemplate, research, and share your thoughts – do you agree or disagree with our theory?

Dinner that inspired it

Indigenous to South America – Lomo Saltado

Peruvian – the Olaya, Fish, and other seafood served over ali amarelo (orange chili pepper) and coriander sauce.

This post is dedicated to two Women -> RB (the wind beneath my wings) & my Mother.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla.

Copyright on photos belongs to Beryl/Author. Content put together from Wikipedia, google, our local guide, and my beloved Mother.


Burnout – The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle | in-depth book review

This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men—and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life.

Sisters Emily Nagoski, PhD, and Amelia Nagoski, DMA, are here to help end the cycle of feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.

According to the authors, a wide area of research is on professional burnout, specifically helping professionals like teachers, professors, and medical professionals. But a growing body of research is on parental burnout. It has an impact on health and relationships. It is a day-in and day-out. No wonder parenting is so exhausting. We get trapped due to human giver syndrome. Human beings have a moral obligation to just ‘be’ and Human givers have a responsibility to ‘give’. Women belong to the Human giver category, at home or professionally.

The following is a high-level presentation of the book. I highly recommend reading the book to understand the concepts, appreciate the two authors for sharing their research and learn how to implement changes to avoid burnout. Part 1 may seem obvious to many readers, but part 2 really helps us understand the full picture. I have personally gained from reading this book. I gathered insights such as – Ah! I must have been experiencing burnout from events stacking up during the past few years (covid induced) and what I need to do to prevent chronic stress and gosh even more importantly the suggestions in part 2 to overcome burnout. I am grateful to the author sisters for sharing their personal experiences and strategies to prevent burnout. One of the sisters ended up in the hospital twice due to stress, while the sister helped overcome it (read the book). I hope that women around the globe are able to gain from this book.

Part 1

Depression is anxiety on steroids. Anxiety comes from never-ending stress. You can’t get rid of the causes of stress. You can get rid of the stress itself.

Stress Response Cycle:

Stress such as work, money, family, and culture, self-criticism, body image, the future. All these are interpreted in the body as stress, being changed by a lion. Activating stress response in the form of a cascade of chemicals like endorphin. Your blood pressure increases, muscles tense, breathing increases, and Memory shifts. Other organs get lower priorities, digestion stops, and the immune system slows down.

You run – to move oxygen and fuel to muscles. If you escape and survive. You love your friends and family and you relax. Hand in hand with the people you love, you bury the lion. The stress response cycle is complete.

Not dealing with Stress Response:

If you kill the Lion your brain recognizes that the threat is gone, but your body does not. Your body is stuck in the middle of the stress response. Just telling yourself is not enough. The neurochemicals stay in the body and degrade without doing anything. The secondary system never gets the signal that it’s safe.

Chronic Stressors:

Chronic stress leads to chronic stress. You do the thing it says – you run and are rewarded with feel-good hormones. But tomorrow the project is still there, and we process it again. This is not bad, but if the stress outpaces our capacity to process it – it’s bad.

Suggestions on managing Stress Response

Physical Activity -Run or swim, sweat it out. Standing up from the chair and stretching is an excellent start.
Breathing deeply – 20 to 60 minutes a day. Breathe in a slow count of 5; hold for 5,  exhale in 10 pause for 5. Do it for 15 minutes.
Good night’s sleep. Both the quality and quantity of sleep as well as consistency of sleeping habits.
Laughter / Cry – reminiscing about times we have had together, deep impolite belly laugh.  A big old cry.
Hugs that last 20 seconds or 6-second kiss help.
Spirituality – meaning in life. Social support is provided by fellow members. It’s about feeling connected.
Creative expression –  creates a context that encourages positive emotions. To celebrate and move through life.

Finding your own strategy:

•One thing that does not work is just telling yourself that everything is okay now.
•You give your body what it needs and allow it to do what it does and over time you complete the cycle.
•You may find that a different strategy works better on a different day. If you can’t run, do breathing exercises.
•The most difficult part of completing the cycle is it requires stepping away from the situation and turning instead to their own body and emotion.
•Rumination is the most maladaptive practice. If you find your thoughts going back again and again to your suffering, ask for help

Part 2

The Game is rigged:

The female body is subjected to low-level stressors all the time. Males have advantages or tailwinds that they forget they have. So, without even being aware of these advantages, they easily blame females for not being smart enough or tough enough.

Low-Level Stressors:

Human giver syndrome: Self-care is selfish. You are born to care for others, it is your moral obligation.
Body Image: Eating disorder has the highest mortality out of all mental health issues. It is not about vanity; lives are at stake.
Systemic Bias:  Whatever is wrong, it’s your fault. You have not tried hard enough; you don’t have what it takes.
Gaslighting: You are imagining discrimination. Women and other marginalized groups are being told that it’s their imagination.

Sexual assault.


Female body – Women across the globe and throughout the course of history have endured high-degree of bias. Even in progressive or advanced countries, these low-level stressors exist. The odds are against us. Burnout occurs when we do not address these stressors.

Solutions for Burnout:

Introspect – We can tolerate any type of suffering if we know why we are suffering. Not knowing why is a form of suffering.

Find your meaning – People with a greater sense of meaning, experience better health.

Origin story – rewrite the narrative of your experience, focusing on the strengths you gained through your adversity.

Redefine your goal – focusing on incremental goals.

Redefine failing – Achieving something world-changing comes along their path to failure. You need kindness and compassion to complete the cycle of stress brought on by failure.

Positive reappraisal: Acknowledge when things are difficult and say it’s still worth it. Positive reappraisal reduces stress by changing our Brian function.


Top three things to avoid burnout.
Wellness is not a state of being, it is a state of action.
•Good sleep or Rest.
•Connection and sharing support is 

Know that…
•Stressful feelings are tunnels, you must go through the feelings to get to the other side.
•When you feel you need more grit, you need more help.•Stress is not bad for you, being stuck is bad for you.
• Wellness happens when your body is a place of safety for you.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla.

Copyright on the book belongs to Sisters Emily Nagoski, PhD, and Amelia Nagoski, DMA

Halloween? Meaning, tradition & fun facts.

Halloween is such a fun holiday for the kids (and adults who are still kids at heart). The National Retail Federation estimates $10.6 billion will be spent this year for Halloween, ranking just below Christmas.

Top activities that constitute the contemporary Halloween celebration are

  • Dressing up in costume
  • Throwing or attending a party
  • Trick-or-treating
  • Carving pumpkins
  • Dressing up pets
  • Watching horror movies

Halloween got it’s name…

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” – William Shakespeare.

  • 3500 years ago Celtics celebrated the night of Samhain on Oct 1st. Samhain means Summer’s end.
  • In 731 AD the Church established Nov 1st as All Saints Day to honor the death of Catholic saints and loved ones.
  • By the 9th century, Christianity had spread into Celtic lands, where it gradually blended with and supplanted some Celtic rites. The Celts called All Saints Day as All-Hallows. Hallow means Saint in old and middle English.
  • Regionally, in 1000 A.D the church declared Nov 2nd as All Souls Day, to pray for souls of the faithfully departed that remain trapped in purgatory in hopes they’ll be admitted to heaven.
    • It’s widely speculated that the church strategically blended many local festivals to several church-sanctioned holidays across the world.
    • Centuries later, Nov 2nd impacted a date shift of other local tradition in countries like Peru.
  • The Celtics, however stuck to the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, and began to call it All-Hallows Eve.
  • In 1773, the Scottish began calling it, “Hallow-e’-en”. Try saying it with a Scottish accent.
  • In 1785 Robert Burns, a poet – dubbed it Halloween.

Dressing up in costume

For the Celtics, Nov 1st marked the end of harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter. Back then this time of year came to be associated with lack and death. Celts believed that the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred on the night of October 31 which they celebrated as Samhain. The Celtic priests built huge sacred bonfires, wherein people burnt crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.

  • It was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth on this day.
  • The Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins.

Halloween comes to America: As the beliefs and customs of different immigrant European ethnic groups and the Native American Indians meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge. The first celebrations included “play parties,” which were public events held to celebrate the harvest. Neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance and sing.

  • In the 1800s borrowing from European traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money and playing pranks.

Fun fact: According to NFP households will be spending around $100 on costumes, candies and decorations, totaling up to a $3.6B on costumes alone. Some folks may opt for a DIY costume.

Throwing or attending a party

The first official Halloween party guide, titled “Halloween: How to Celebrate It,” was published in 1897. There was a deliberate move to shape Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers than about ghosts, pranks and witchcraft. In the next century Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season and festive costumes. With baby boomers on the rise, the costume parties moved to classrooms. Thus, a new American tradition was born.

Fun fact: Visiting haunted houses remain a favorite activity and people decorate their yards and homes with Skelton, Pumpkin, Spider, Witch, Bat, Ghost, Tombstone, Animal Skeleton and other Spooktacular items.


In its November 1939 issue the  American Home magazine, published the first official ‘trick-or-treat’ activity as part of the Halloween celebration. Parents were encouraged by newspapers and community leaders to take anything “frightening” or “grotesque” out of Halloween celebrations.  Halloween lost most of its European superstitious and religious overtones. In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats.

Fun fact: The results show: Reese’s Cups are America’s top sellers. Other high-ranking candy include, Skittles, M&M’s, Starburst, and Hot Tamales

Carving a Pumpkin

In the 19th century immigrants from Ireland came to America and further helped to popularize Halloween. Initially, the Irish and Scottish carved turnips as a way to remember deceased souls. When they immigrated to the U.S. They realized that pumpkins were readily available and were much easier to carve.  

The story of Jack-o-Lantern: “Stingy Jack,” a drunk and deplorable person, cheated death three times. He tricked the devil out of taking his soul. When Jack finally died, he wasn’t allowed into heaven and the devil banned him from hell. Instead, Jack was forced to wander Earth for all eternity using an ember-lit gourd to light his way.

Dressing up Pets

No immigrant tradition or early political encouragement. Its probably one of those capitalist commercial moves that caught on with the consumers as fun. According to the National Retail Federation, one in five people planned to dress up their pet for Halloween.   

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Watch horror movies

Also a commercially injected activity/entertainment. Scary movies are a box office success. Most cable network channels play horror movies throughout the month of Oct. “Halloween” is a media franchise that consists of thirteen films, as well as novels, comic books, a video game and other merchandise. Here is the trailer link to the Halloween movie. Not my thing, I don’t like watching scary movies. For those who get joy out of watching scary movies here is the list of Halloween movies and their commercial ranking.

  • #1. Halloween (1978)
  • #2. Halloween (2018)
  • #3. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
  • #4. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
  • #5. Halloween Ends (2022)

My personal experience

I cannot forget the day a co-worker and dear friend, Sandra painted my face green to go with my witch costume. It was my first time trick-o-treating. I then visited a haunted house with her daughter Mary. I was scared and Mary laughed at my expense. Since then I have enjoyed Halloween with my children, dressing them up and going trick-o-treating. Candy exchange with friends became a ritual before pigging out on loot. As kids grew up our tradition morphed into all of us fixing up Spooktacular dishes and giving out the candy to younger kids who visited our adobe. 


Even though Halloween was brought to the U.S. from Irish and Scottish immigrants, the rest of Europe didn’t begin celebrating the holiday until decades after it became an official American Fair. The pace of change around the world is perhaps resulting in losing touch with tradition over widespread commercialization. Nowadays many countries around the world celebrate Halloween, and why not it’s such a fun activity for the kids. It’s one of my favorite holiday even though there is nothing holy about it.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla in collaboration with Baked Happily Ever After.

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A letter to my brother after our mother passed away


All the ceremonies and right of passage happened as they should have. Now with everyone gone, you will experience grief. You may first experience denial. This is normal. May I suggest my method for experiencing grief? I am not forcing you to use my method. Please choose what works best for you since everyone experiences grief differently.

In my opinion, suppressing grief may manifest itself in your body as an illness or disease. My suggestion to you is to ride the waves, using breathing exercises as a surfboard. Let the emotions swell like waves, let the experience knock you down on your feet, and let the tears flow. It will pass in a few minutes, but don’t let the thoughts dwell and prolong the feeling. Just sit with what is, sit still, and breathe deeply with your diaphragm. Please pay more attention to your out-breath.  Use your mouth for the first few out-breathes, exaggerating the HAH sounds as you exhale. Take at least 4 deep breaths. Take more if you need to. Breathe is Prana or life itself. In-breath brings in vigor, and out-breath releases stress, relaxing the body. This will release the energy of grief, and with each release you will heal.

Unchecked these emotions will trigger old thoughts and memories which in turn will fire off more emotions, creating a vortex of thoughts and emotions, resulting in prolonged suffering.  Over time with each wave you will fall, just let the feeling flow, then get up, dust the sand, breathe and move on until the next wave and repeat. As time passes, healing will bring you to a calming place. Along the way, breathing may ground you and perhaps awaken your soul. The bottom line, try not to suppress or prolong the pain. Let it rise and release. In addition, create a schedule for daily breathing practice, if possible.

As caregivers, we all experienced anticipatory grief during Mom’s illness, plus the loss that we are experiencing right now. Anticipatory grief was also different for all of us as we watched the physical, psychological, and other declining conditions in Mom.  The grief journey may seem like a mountain that is too difficult to climb. There is a natural sense of loss when the need for our caregiving is over. We must often face the double sorrow of losing a loved one and our purpose or role in their lives as caregivers. The aftermath can be a very difficult time that leaves us feeling lost, lonely, and useless.

Each death is difficult in its own way. Sudden deaths do leave loved ones feeling shocked and vulnerable, but death after a long illness can still leave survivors feeling numbed and exhausted. I am feeling numb, after talking to relatives and crying for days, I don’t feel anything. I am not sad, because I know she is in a happy place, she has found eternal peace. I am not missing her, at least not at this present moment. I am just numb. Bhai you may be exhausted and numb. I figure waves and waves of grief will hit us, so this list below is for all of us siblings.

Allow the grief

Appreciate, accept, and allow your grief as a natural response to facing Mom’s death.  Grief is a mix of many painful feelings. You may feel sad, angry, or filled with remorse, regret, or longing. All these feelings are natural, especially when combined with the day-to-day challenges of caregiving. Like making that phone call to the doctor, walking to her room to check on her, sorting medicine etc. 

Express your grief

Cry when you need to cry. Be angry when you feel angry. Don’t suppress yourself. Find safe outlets in each other or in trusted friends or a counselor. Grieving takes many forms, which are all acceptable unless it causes harm to yourself.

Be patient

Grief is a process and there are no timelines or stages. It can be difficult but trust that you can and will cope with your loss. If you find there is a void and (like me) want to redirect your energy to ‘save’ someone else, please be patient there as well.

Keep a journal

This is a powerful method for expressing pain, as well as a means for having private, introspective time with yourself. Some feelings may be too hard to speak aloud, like anger or regret. Journal writing can serve as a release.

Exercise daily

Move your body. Walking, swimming, or whatever activity pleases you, can help you feel better. It helps build physical strength and release tension. Exercise releases endorphins that will lift your mood. Walking is good for both physical and emotional health.

Make a deliberate attempt to laugh

Make a list of jokes and share it with people around you to laugh with them, perhaps you can watch them laugh and that will make you smile. If someone says something remotely funny, open your lungs and laugh deliberately and deeply, sure they may think you are nuts, you may end up crying right after laughing so be it – don’t take this process too seriously. Anne Lamott says Laughter is a bubbly, effervescent form of holiness.

Develop an affection for books

We have talked about developing new behavior and habits. Books can help. Please sign up for an online library. Books tell us who we are, who we have been and who we will be until millennia. You will find that “Life passes into pages if it passes at all” – James Salter

Combine the knowledge from books, your introspection during breathing practice and a daily journal for yourself. Together these may help you find your true essence so you can drop your external personas. You would then be able to live your life – guided by your own compass. By developing self-compassion and integrity you can manifest abundance and find joy. You will begin to notice that abundance and love are not received, it comes from giving. “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan. Pay it forward and make it Mom’s legacy.

I wish for you to ride the waves of grief, find your compass – to be happy and find peace.



This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla in collaboration with Baked Happily Ever After.

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It’s a Journey

We, humans, get fixated on our lifestyles, the impact on our way of life, changes we have to go through now and in life post-COVID / SARS-COV-2 .

Life is a journey, most of the time we experience it as a slow-moving river where the changes aren’t as dramatic or drastic. Each individual or family may have events that change the course of their life’s journey, but humanity collectively experiences a steady pace. Right now we are collectively experiencing a course correction. We are dealing with category 4 rapids with loss of earnings, mental stress, unpredictable outcomes, and frustrations. Some families are going through a waterfall with a more direct impact of the virus.

It’s a given that our lives will be different from here on, our collective human conscience will hopefully mature, for some time perhaps even millennia… until the collective memories fade away and the next set of rapids or falls come along.

What we are experiencing is a change that repeats itself. It’s happened before, and it will happen again, the gap may be several generations and unpredictable by human standards.

How we deal with it now will shape the outcome. There are some fractions that may be greedy and may take advantage of such situations. Let us hope for a more positive outlook towards these changes in the form of collective human kindness, appreciation of earthly gifts and abundance, more engagement within families, and more ‘checking’ on friends and extended families.

Time for deep work – a silver lining.

Will working from home due to corona virus give us time for strategic work?

Each week I look forward to deep work. I dread my calendar when it is full of 30-minute stand-up calls and 1-hour meetings. Knowing that my attention will be pretty scattered in seemingly productive conversations with low nutritional value for the organization. I am not the only one whose calendar looks like this. The need to control has created a culture of too many meetings.

Tactical work is addictive, because the feedback is immediate. Particularly when one quickly solves an issue or points a co-worker in the right direction.

Strategic work, on the other hand, requires space and focus and grit with no immediate returns.

Doing Agile has become synonymous with tactical work. It isn’t about contiguous improvement. It isn’t about empowering a team. It’s become a meeting fetish, where a few folks are regurgitating what was just said. Others are reacting to new issues or impediments without taking the time to evaluate if the decision is tactical or strategic. No one wants to take the time to evaluate because someone else will get a jump on it and steal the show. It’s tough and competitive. Being competitive is alright and agile does mean that the team has the ability to fail fast. Oftentimes during such meetings I wonder about how much value we are adding to the organization by spending so much time in these repeated cycles of conversations during these meeting and in open work spaces with constant interruptions. Are we really saving costs? Are we producing quality work? Are we eliminating or adding risk? Are we generating revenue? Where is the value add for the organization? We must be doing something.

Now that organizations are encouraging individuals to work remotely in order to reduce direct physical contact, it would be interesting to see if teams are able to focus on more strategic outcomes.

Disclaimer: This is just my view and doesn’t reflect the views of my employer/organization. I may be the square peg in a round hole.

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