Perspectives

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...
Readers’ Reactions: Cover Story on Domestic Violence

Readers’ Reactions: Cover Story on Domestic Violence

Email from Rasana Atreya, author of “Ties that bind – why women don’t walk away from abusive marriages.”  Within two hours of posting this story on Facebook, 11 women (some whom I do not know) messaged me privately about how the article was essentially their life....
I Underwent Genital Mutilation as a Child—Right Here in the United States

I Underwent Genital Mutilation as a Child—Right Here in the United States

Last week, an Indian American doctor was arrested in Michigan, charged with performing female genital cutting on two seven-year-old girls. As the story hit thelocal press and then the New York Times, and as it was shared by George Takei andNicholas Kristof, my phone...
The Outsiders

The Outsiders

Last year, on a Turkish shore, a small Syrian boy in a red vest washed up by the beach. The picture of his dead body dominated news and social media for many days. Our morbid fascination of them, the “outsiders,” and their inhuman conditions and often untimely ends...
My Arranged Marriage with Engineering

My Arranged Marriage with Engineering

Recently at an outreach meeting, a high school student asked me, “When did you know that you wanted to be an engineer?” I wanted to say, “Since I was young, I always wanted to know how things worked, and I enjoyed building things.” But that would have been a lie. In...

What Does the Bully Want?

When I was a teenager, I used to get bullied a lot. My bullies were relentless. I could barely be in a class with them or pass them by on my way to get some water and they would seize the opportunity to say something hurtful or make a face, a smirk – hard to catch and...