A Tea Story

A Tea Story

A first time immigrant has a lot to learn. The practical things are easy; understanding cultural differences is the real challenge. I grew up in India where sharing a cup of tea is a much revered tradition. When you visit someone, your host is not just offering you a...
Michael Kors, Jhola and I

Michael Kors, Jhola and I

This is a story of temptation, of failing and finally redemption. Last holiday season, I fell prey to a craven desire. It was as if I didn’t recognize myself. I was being irrational and impulsive. No amount of reasoning assuaged my restlessness. So I gave in. I needed...
Guns and Grass

Guns and Grass

There is an interesting story in the Mahabharata, not as often retold. It is the story of how the illustrious, valiant clan of the Yadavas to which Krishna belonged, destroyed themselves. Fearing bad omens surfacing in his land, Krishna and the Yadavas go on a...
In Defense of a Nine Lettered Name

In Defense of a Nine Lettered Name

I shifted uncomfortably in the little toddler seat feeling like Goliath at Lilliput’s dinner table. My 3-year old’s teacher spread out a sheaf of papers displaying his work—art, writing, craft. She went through his grades for performance—social skills, fine motor...