No Pride and Full of Prejudice

No Pride and Full of Prejudice

It was April 1978. The results of the 10th standard exam were out. I went to my school, worked my way around the groups of girls excitedly milling around the notice board, and scanned the list. I was relieved to find that I had made it into the “First Class” group. I...

letters to the editor

Set Indian Casteism Right First This is in response to the editorial (Racism of the Every Day Kind, September 2017). As an American sociologist, I commend Nirupama Vaidhyanathan’s opinion concerning American social life! As we all know American society is a young...
letters to the editor

letters to the editor

Bias and Prejudice on Display This is in response to Kalpana Mohan’s article describing her difficulties with a first-time immigrant neighbor whose ideas about yard maintenance differ from hers. (On the Fence, July 2017). We are informed that in Ms. Mohan’s India,...
Waking Up to Midlife

Waking Up to Midlife

Are you sure you want to do this?” he had asked. “Not sure but I would like to try,” I had replied, oh-so-casually but confidently. “This”—was the dawn climb up Mount Batur. Arun had done this a year ago. He was fit, athletic and always up for a physical challenge. I...
letters to the editor

letters to the editor

Our cover story in June, Ties That Bind: Why Women Don’t Walk Away from Abusive Marriages written by Rasana Atreya received an overwhelming response, with many women living here and in India writing privately to tell us that this was their story. Impossible To Think...
The Color Black

The Color Black

To sell even a moisturizing cream,  companies feel the compulsion to add, “skin-lightener” for better sales. This realization hit home when my niece who was visiting from America accompanied me to a store. She looked at me puzzled as she saw many lotions and potions...