Are Indian Weddings Too Ostentatious?

Are Indian Weddings Too Ostentatious?

I saw Monsoon Wedding, the new musical, with a group of Indian women friends recently. We laughed at familiar idiomatic expressions, translated, at times awkwardly, from Hindi into English. We got nostalgic listening to old melodies. I even got teary-eyed when a...
Of Weddings and A Milestone Birthday

Of Weddings and A Milestone Birthday

This month we celebrate the seventieth birthday of Indian Independence by saluting the flag of saffron, white and green. A generation who sacrificed their lives for freedom is no more. Newspaper articles and scratchy documentary reels remain. In these historical...
Choosing to Marry Again

Choosing to Marry Again

It is still dark when I wake up in the guest room at my brother’s home. Trying not to wake up my teenage daughter, I adjust the pleats of the magenta silk sari and fasten the heavy fabric on my shoulder with a safety pin. Leaning towards the mirror to adjust my...
Join Net Neutrality Day of Action Today!

Join Net Neutrality Day of Action Today!

Tech giants Google, Twitter and Reddit have joined several activist groups and the ACLU to stage a day of protest today against net neutrality rules. Given here is a link to submit a public filing on this issue. Net neutrality affects each one of us and it is vital to...
Memories of a Forbidden Love Story

Memories of a Forbidden Love Story

My aunt passed away recently. She was 88 years old. She was born at a time when India was gestating her freedom from British occupation and Pakistan was not yet a fetus. My aunt arrived into a world of Hitler, Stalin, Tamaka Giichi, Ramsay MacDonald, Kemal Ataturk and...
On The Fence

On The Fence

I suppose the block party last July at the end of our road was a success even though everyone in attendance knew that one family—let’s call them the Chens—treated the front yard of their home as if it were a dumping ground, totally unmindful of how their home was an...