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My Name is ‘Tomorrow’

My Name is ‘Tomorrow’

I’ll make a little paper boat, And fill it with a song; A melody so full of Joy, To help it float along. Next I’ll  paint along its sides, Stripes of gleaming red; For Courage it can hold on to, Through storms that lie ahead. For it’s sails I’ll pluck some stars, From...
Why Liberal Arts and The Humanities are as Important as Engineering

Why Liberal Arts and The Humanities are as Important as Engineering

Earlier in my academic career, I used to advise students to focus on science and engineering, believing that they were a prerequisite for success in business. I had largely agreed with Bill Gates’s assertions that America needed to spend its limited education budgets...
Seeing Differently

Seeing Differently

A few weeks back I was strolling the cosmetic aisle at Longs drugstore looking for eye makeup remover. As my eyes searched the shelves, I saw Revlon hypoallergenic eyeliner, Maybelline mascara for extra long eye lashes, eye color pencils in royal blue, smoky green and...
Baggage: The Fine Art of Overpacking!

Baggage: The Fine Art of Overpacking!

With the school year drawing to a close, the overarching concern in my mind is not if I should seek out summer camps or let my kid be a ‘free ranger’ in our backyard. Rather I find I am consumed by a strange manner of anxiety mixed with excitement centered around...
Of Lemons and Lemonade: A Home Away From Home

Of Lemons and Lemonade: A Home Away From Home

Across the seven seas they soar. For bread ‘n butter and much more. Who are they? If you haven’t guessed already, I’m talking about the offspring of seniors living in India. We send our children abroad for higher studies. They soon like living there. Initially, they...
Lust For Life

Lust For Life

I must have looked aghast at her bare feet, for Ajji smiled her widest, toothless best, and said, “Back home I never wear chappals. If I did, I’d probably leave it somewhere and forget about them.” But I was thirteen and as with most children at that age, I was...