Shobha was a mid-aged business executive struggling to keep her business afloat. In the neighborhood lived Shaikh who was relatively junior, energetic, and seemingly bright. She approached him stating business interests, and they tried to forge a partnership.
Until 2001, Wang Enlin was happy living his life making dumplings and playing cards with his friends. All of a sudden his entire community was flooded with toxic wastewater from the overflowing drains of a chemical factory.
Some 4000 years ago, the Babylons celebrated a massive 12-day harvest festival known as Akitu. One of the rituals during the festival was to make promises to the (pagans) gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed.
While little is known in modern times about ancient deities, one of them to contemplate upon is the Roman God Janus. He has two faces, often portrayed with one bearded older face, and the other clean-shaven face of youth looking towards the future.