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Of Taboos and Talismans

Of Taboos and Talismans

A family does more than pass on its fine silver or precious heirlooms to the generations that follow. It also transfers much of its inherent wisdom, its irrational fears and inexplicable traditions. For many Indian Americans, living a life in the world’s most modern...
Decoding Mindfulness

Decoding Mindfulness

On average, 46.9% of our waking time is spent in thinking and letting our minds wander. When we spend close to half of our waking moments in this manner we better have some monitoring in place unless we want to live caged by our thoughts. Back in my college days, my...
A Migrant’s Holiday

A Migrant’s Holiday

On November 13, 2015, violence was visited upon Paris; and leaders, again, vowed to end the endless horror of war. Some three decades earlier, as an informal part of our marriage vows, Mangla and I pledged a lifetime of love; and we mapped France, Italy, and England...
Jinnah’s Daughter

Jinnah’s Daughter

Nehru and Jinnah had the same problem. Their daughters loved men they did not approve of. Children of ambitious fathers, Indira and Dina, both, carried their fathers’ hopes and lived with their mothers’ pain. They were daughters who were raised in the mold of the...
Living with Clay

Living with Clay

Every autumn, for about a week, the city of Kolkata, India, and its outskirts is transformed beyond recognition into a world of fantasy. Millions of people pour into the streets to join in the festive mood of Durga Puja that celebrates triumph of good over evil....
The Modi Model

The Modi Model

      It is likely that much of the coverage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to California will focus on business, since that is what governments do and talk about these days. But describing Modi as nothing more than an efficient pro-business leader is as...