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Make Me a Wedding Guest, Please!

Make Me a Wedding Guest, Please!

Out of the blue, I received a cryptic text: “Hey Monita, your name is in the list. If you can please come for the movie tomorrow. Please keep it confidential…” This was confusing, to say the least, but being placed on a list of any sort always worries me,...
Academics and Artists Unite: A Day on Muthuswami Dikshitar

Academics and Artists Unite: A Day on Muthuswami Dikshitar

UC Davis hosted a symposium on the celebrated Carnatic composer Muthuswami Dikshitar on April 7th 2018 which brought together academics, performers, and rasikas in one space to examine and celebrate his life and contribution. Dr. Archana Venkatesan, Chair, Department...
Temporary Protected Status Revoked for Nepalis

Temporary Protected Status Revoked for Nepalis

Press release from SAALT On April 26, the Department of Homeland Security officially announced it would end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepalis in the United States, pulling the rug out from under 9,000 American lives. This decision–further proof of the...
Isha Foundation Retreat: My Experience

Isha Foundation Retreat: My Experience

Last Saturday, I entered the Long Beach convention center about 2 hours before the Isha Foundation’s Shambhavi mahamudhra program was to start, feeling confident that I was very early for the check-in process. I entered the lobby and gasped as I saw what looked...
17 Minutes of Silence

17 Minutes of Silence

On Wednesday morning, March 14, Mount Madonna School (MMS) middle and high students participated in the National School Walkout day, with a short hike to a nearby fountain on their campus. At the same time, MMS fifth grade students, with parent permission, held their...
As American As Apple Pie?

As American As Apple Pie?

This article was first published on November 1, 2017. Mass shootings: There were 372 mass shootings in the US in 2015, killing 475 people and wounding 1,870, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker, which catalogs such incidents. A mass shooting is defined as a single...