Kashmir’s Girls

Kashmir’s Girls

Wasia Jan was six years old when her father was killed in the India-Pakistan border conflict. The year was 1999. He was a tailor and had never been involved with the military, though his brother had been in the army, and Jan thinks that this may have had something to...
How I Met My Husband

How I Met My Husband

I’ve forgotten the could-be’s name, but remember all too well the feelings that he elicited in me: discomfort, disconnection and a self-consciousness to the point of paralysis. I sat across the table from him at a Chinese restaurant, trying to focus on the task at...
The One Percent American Girl

The One Percent American Girl

Recently, there was a big blowout party for the American Girl store opening at Stanford Mall. Our youngest daughter was ready to hand over her piggy bank. I was ready with my rant:  In short, American Girl is 99% unAmerican. Those of you who have somehow  managed to...