My interest is not data, it’s the world. And part of world development you can see in numbers. Others, like human rights, empowerment of women, it’s very difficult to measure in numbers.
I am a toxico-nutritional neuro-epidemiologist. It’s the study of neurological disorders caused by a mixture of toxins and malnutrition using epidemiological methods… We are just three or four in the world, even fewer than sword swallowers.
I loved statistics from a young age. And I studied very much in Sweden. I used to be in the upper quarter of all courses I attended. But in St. John’s, I was in the lower quarter. And the fact was that Indian students studied harder than we did in Sweden. They read the textbook twice, or three times or four times.
There’s about one sword-swallower per 2 to 4 million persons in each country.
It is sometimes necessary to lie damnably in the interests of the nation.