The Ethos of Family

The Ethos of Family

My early years as an immigrant Silicon Valley bride were spent something like this—eleven months a year, prepare, pray, and long for an India trip. Twelfth month: drink up family-time in India. Repeat. Then a few years into our marriage, something magical happened—we...
The Ethos of Family

The Ethos of Family

My early years as an immigrant Silicon Valley bride were spent something like this—eleven months a year, prepare, pray, and long for an India trip. Twelfth month: drink up family-time in India. Repeat. Then a few years into our marriage, something magical happened—we...

Batik Tops on Skirts

Clothes are the mirrors of my American experience. They reflect my learning, my longings, and more. In my first few months in America, I remember wondering about the countless women’s clothing stores in shopping malls, “Hmm, all of them sell the same things—skirts,...
Golden Years in the Golden State

Golden Years in the Golden State

I see them each day with unfailing regularity. Taking a walk. Using grocery shopping as a welcome excuse to change their surroundings and move out of the confines of their homes. I have christened them my “sari aunties” and “kurta uncles,” given their sartorial...

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Insights are like sly chain-snatchers. They make a grab for you when you least expect it. I got a brief visit too, recently. Each day my immigrant existence learns and unlearns. It weighs the pros and cons of its adaptation. It’s gratifying when I get things right....