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Making America Great Again?

Making America Great Again?

Every year NASA celebrates its past glory by inducting an ever-dwindling number of American astronauts to the Hall of Fame at a glittering gala. I had the opportunity to attend the latest one on April 21, 2018 at the Kennedy Space Center, courtesy of Embraer, the...
A “Job” Well Done: A Poem For My Daughter

A “Job” Well Done: A Poem For My Daughter

Finding you Fearless… I taught you to  Fear. Eternally Curious… I taught you Indifference. Charmingly Honest… I taught you Pretence. Openly Friendly… I taught you Caution. Implicitly Trusting… I taught you to Doubt. Clingingly Needy… I taught you Independence…...
What Is My Voice? A Poem For Asifa

What Is My Voice? A Poem For Asifa

What Is My Voice? Is my voice the color of my skin; Or the brand of the clothes that I wear? Is it the name of the God I worship; Or that of my gender laid bare?  Is my voice the sound of my music; Or is it the language I speak? Is it the size and shape of my body; Or...
An Unusual Whatsapp Rendezvous

An Unusual Whatsapp Rendezvous

Last night while scrolling through my WhatsApp messages, a new message popped up. The number looked familiar and on closer examination I remembered that it was my old phone number from almost 15 years ago. I looked at it frantically. How was this possible? In utter...
Matching the “Pegs” and “Holes”

Matching the “Pegs” and “Holes”

  In the frenzy that follows a celebrity death or any horrifying end to a well-known personality, the Freuds, Sherlocks and Devi Shettys of society come out of the woodwork to voice their expert opinions. News channels and social networking sites are full of messages...
Madhubani Magic

Madhubani Magic

It was an exuberant Kannada Koota gathering. The auditorium was packed with members of the S.F Bay Area chapter of the Kannada association. My aunt and I were part of the audience, cheering along as various singers and dancers entertained us. A drama/skit was...