The Phone Call From India That Changed My Life

The Phone Call From India That Changed My Life

Jet-lagged and in shock, I waited on a bright red couch in a small room labelled “Counselling” right off the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMC) in Vellore, India. A doctor from a team of critical care...
Yoga and Depression

Yoga and Depression

An essay first published in April 2017. My dad’s yoga practice was as dependable as mangoes in Chennai’s summer and Carnatic music concerts in December. I don’t think he missed a single day of sirasasana and sarvangasana—perfectly aligned head and shoulder stands,...
Aiyo: The One Word For All Occasions

Aiyo: The One Word For All Occasions

Every language should have at least one word which serves as an adequate response to just about anything. A single expression that can encapsulate an array of emotions in life and art—from despair and adoration to disgust and frustration. But in their narrow...
Finding Alegria in Puerto Rico

Finding Alegria in Puerto Rico

I travel to immerse myself in history and culture, be awed by the beauty of our planet, appreciate differences, discover a common thread of humanity, feed my senses with sounds of a new language, a surprising flavor, a startling color, a memory that will wrap around...
How to Choose Wisely: An Interview with Sheena Iyengar

How to Choose Wisely: An Interview with Sheena Iyengar

How much choice do individuals have? We’re all subject to chance for a good portion of our lives and to think that we can get away from that is delusional. But I do think that each of has the ability to choose in a micro way. Choice in how we respond and react to...