An Empathic Hero’s Journey

An Empathic Hero’s Journey

[addtoany]Perhaps all heroes are empathic.  To test that hypothesis, let’s first define hero and empathy. Hero (as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary):  “a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability; an illustrious...
The Tongawallah’s Wife

The Tongawallah’s Wife

[addtoany]The doctor stepped off from the tonga (horse-carriage) at Jalalpur Jattan Railway station, in Pakistan, the horse whinnying as he did so. “We will meet again soon, I hope,” he said to the tongawallah (horse-carriage driver). The younger man nodded. “Inshallah.” ***...
Creamy Happiness—Kesar Badam Kulfi

Creamy Happiness—Kesar Badam Kulfi

[addtoany]It’s almost that time of the year, when the relentless sun and soaring temperatures make me reach out to an age-old, close to heart recipe. Long before we were spoilt by the plethora of ice cream choices in our freezer, a lot of us can remember looking forward to...
Did Alia Bhatt Meet the Real Raazi?

Did Alia Bhatt Meet the Real Raazi?

[addtoany]“Did Alia Bhatt meet the real Raazi?” asked an audience member at the Delhi Gymkhana’s book club event where author Harinder Sikka was sharing the story of the Kashmiri Muslim spy, Sehmat, whom Alia Bhatt plays in the movie Raazi. It could have been an easy question...
RVing in Alaska

RVing in Alaska

[addtoany]  It wasn’t Alaska’s close proximity to Russia or my desire for foreign policy experience, or to check up on former Governor Sarah Palin that I chose Alaska as our vacation destination. Perhaps it was Shah Rukh Khan, working on a NASA project in the cool confines of...