Healthy Life

How is Your Heart?

How is Your Heart?

When Dilip Saraf went to the South Asian Heart Center (SAHC) for a screening in November 2005, the results were totally unexpected. Saraf, 64, has always taken his health seriously. He eats healthy food and exercises regularly, and his annual check-ups had always...

Put a Fresh Spin on Life

I was 8 years old. One afternoon, during lunch break in school, my friends and I were huddled under a tree, ranting about the strict math teacher, when a group of older students passed by. There was a reverential hush. We looked after their disappearing backs with...
No Artificial Colors, Please

No Artificial Colors, Please

As a child, I had not heard of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and if there was an Indian equivalent, I wasn’t aware of it. For me, the Indian FDA was synthesized into one person—my mother. My mother, who had graduated from high school at a time when many...
Silver Coating

Silver Coating

I clearly remember the first time my older son ate the Indian sweet, barfi. He was 4. We were having lunch at Vik’s Chaat House in Berkeley, which in those days was no more than a hole-in-the-wall grocery store with a few tables in the back for itinerant diners. My...

Indians and Heart Disease

The only thing certain about life is death; and death comes in various forms. With the advances in medical science new diseases are discovered and old ones conquered. Among the numerous intractable modern diseases is heart disease, which creeps upon the unsuspecting...