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

I Am The “Other”

I Am The “Other”

[et_pb_section bb_built="1"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text] The Silicon Valley is a bubble,” my daughter said when I tried to apply the logic

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

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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

Not Just A Private Matter

Not Just A Private Matter

I was chatting with a cousin who had lived on the East coast for over twenty years before moving to the Bay Area. She said that people there rarely talked about

Who Exactly Are We?

Who Exactly Are We?

Almost overnight, despite the bubble wrap of privilege and the relative affluence of our lives, our brown skin has begun to chafe and blister under the alternat