Lend Me Your Ears!

Lend Me Your Ears!

Why do you carry this around if you won’t take any calls?” a friend asked me, holding up my cell phone. I was as embarrassed as a teen being kissed, in front of the whole school, by his fat aunt. I mumbled a reply. “What? You can’t hear it ring?” There, my secret was...
Seduced by Superstition

Seduced by Superstition

The other day, my husband and I had gone to visit an acquaintance. The lady of the house welcomed us warmly when she opened the door. The warmth seemed to extend to the temperature of the room, but the explanation presented itself when I looked around. We had entered...
Indian Traffic “Rules”

Indian Traffic “Rules”

When we first moved to India, my husband had plans for me, transport-wise. We would buy two cars, he said, while we were still at the airport. I could drive locally, while he would take care of the longer trips. Jet-lagged, intimidated by a customs officer who had...

Name, Nom, Naam

The first thing you do when you move to a new country is get an official ID there, right? That is what we did when we got to India. And right away we discovered that the Indian government is differently-abled when it comes to people’s names. As the quotation from...
Lessons in Language

Lessons in Language

Learning a language is not a fun experience, especially when one is forced into it. Yeah, I know you’ve probably met several people who’ve told you how much fun they’ve had learning Zulu, Siamese, or Catspeak, but that’s because they learnt it on their terms. They...