Perspectives

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...
Rivers of Brown

Rivers of Brown

Dressed in a salwar kameez, I twirled and danced inside my room. I loved my long red tunic, the loose flowing pants and the sweeping scarf looped around my neck. This salwar, dotted with tiny mirrors that sparkled when they caught the light, was embroidered with zari,...