Perspectives

Glue. Paper. Scissors!

Glue. Paper. Scissors!

An Unassuming Woman. Quiet, graceful, gentle. Those were my impressions of Lalitha Ramanarasaiah, when I first met her. It was a casual visit to her daughter Vasudha’s place that culminated in a wonderful revelation. Towards the end of our afternoon together,...
A Life of Melodies and Memories.

A Life of Melodies and Memories.

Every so often, you come across individuals who leave a lasting impact on you. They hold within them the wisdom of life experience – which cannot compare with academic laurels or material worth. Their stories can be likened to a well aged wine of a full-bodied...
A Life Crafted with Grit and Grace

A Life Crafted with Grit and Grace

  One of my earliest memories of my mother, outside of the home, is on a badminton court. My father’s job as a doctor with the Indian Railways allowed us the use of the Officer’s Club. It was the norm for us to troop down to the club every evening, where...
The Changing Woman: Women’s History Month

The Changing Woman: Women’s History Month

International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month has been on my mind.  There are a lot of empowering stories that buzz about. We read, share, and celebrate these messages. While we applaud these “others”– we often miss the ones that are...
Paid Family Leave: Workers Pay For It But Rarely Use It

Paid Family Leave: Workers Pay For It But Rarely Use It

California wage earners welcoming a new child to the family or caring for a seriously ill relative this year can expect increased support from the state’s Paid Family Leave Program. Eighteen million people in the state pay 1 percent of their wages to the state’s...
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...