Desi Lens

Desi Lens

Desi Lens

How have Indians changed America? How have they changed in America? How have they evolved as a people? I put my lens to the hyphen between Indian and American, to the bridge that’s made of papad sometimes and of a month-old bagel at other times.

A Year of Transgressions

A Year of Transgressions

On the morning of my birthday this past October, I began reading the first few pages of the book, Oranges, by John McPhee. In the world of nonfiction, it’s a

My #MeToo Story

My #MeToo Story

Over thirty years ago on an afternoon in Chennai, when lizards crawled down pipes and crows danced on coconut trees, the tenant renting the apartment above our

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I Am The “Other”

I Am The “Other”

The Silicon Valley is a bubble,” my daughter said when I tried to apply the logic of the valley to the rest of the country. My children live on the opposite c

Marriage Matters

Marriage Matters

I’d been caught in a maelstrom of engagements and weddings recently. In some instances, the girl or the boy was not that much older than my own daughter and s

On The Fence

On The Fence

I suppose the block party last July at the end of our road was a success even though everyone in attendance knew that one family—let’s call them the Chens

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