letters to the editor

letters to the editor

Remedy for Vowel Woes This is in response to the essay by Ashwin Krishnan (Extreme Vetting-Desi Shtyle, October 2017). Deat Ashwin, I have a partial remedy for your vowel woes, especially the one involving proper nouns; simply listen to some English county cricket...
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...
Homage To Catalonia

Homage To Catalonia

In a Barcelona hotel room, I suffered a nervous breakdown. Almost. Why was I roaming the far reaches of the planet, I wondered, where many Indian women dared not go? Jet lagged and exhausted, I located the bus station and bought myself a ticket, then woke up at 3 a.m....
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...