No Pride and Full of Prejudice

No Pride and Full of Prejudice

It was April 1978. The results of the 10th standard exam were out. I went to my school, worked my way around the groups of girls excitedly milling around the notice board, and scanned the list. I was relieved to find that I had made it into the “First Class” group. I...
UnDesi : Unconventional Choices

UnDesi : Unconventional Choices

I have come across many unusual careers, mostly from my couch potato moments. I learned about forensic odontologists because, thanks to my father who taught forensics, I am addicted to forensic shows. Forensic odontologists examine dental evidence to help police...
Responding to the ’Rump’

Responding to the ’Rump’

Recently, I walked in after work and listened to the answering machine at home (I’ll admit I’m a troglodyte with a landline). I was paying scant attention until this came on: “This is Donald Trump and I need your help to make America great again. California has a...
Hello, 911? Someone’s Using 409!

Hello, 911? Someone’s Using 409!

Something has been happening this month. I don’t understand it and I can offer no explanation other than I must be living in an alternate universe as my kids like to say. You see, a couple of weeks ago, my daughter went back to college. Over the summer, she had come...
One Million Smiles Served

One Million Smiles Served

A man says to a young boy, “What do you see in the mirror?” The boy’s eyes fill with tears and he says he does not look at himself. Ever. Another child listens unprotestingly as her mother states, “She doesn’t go to school anymore because it scares the other...