Perspectives

An Olympian’s Journey

An Olympian’s Journey

 Indian columnist and author, Shobha De, recently commented via social media on India’s performance at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. According to her, “Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and...
Northern Light

Northern Light

The land is rolling, understated, desert like. Lava fields, volcanic craters, and boiling, sulfurous pools of water abound. But what I notice first is the light. A flat, soothing white light that envelops the land. A light that caresses your senses. A light that is...
My One-Eyed Ayah

My One-Eyed Ayah

“We felt truly sorry for the nanny-children,” writes M. M. Kaye in The Sun In The Morning, a memoir of her magical childhood in India. While Mollie Kaye was cared for by native ayahs, most of her English friends were supervised by governesses or nannies. “The...

letters to the editor

Whatever Happened to Assimilation? I am getting a little tired of hearing complaints of people from the diaspora who complain about slights real and imagined, either regarding their dress, their accent and/or their skin color. Whatever happened to the concept of...
Anger and Alchemy

Anger and Alchemy

Election 2016 isn’t just about politics, it’s about potential — what can potentially happen when a woman harnesses her anger and channels her energy. It’s been an exciting and somber experience to witness history in the U.S. this week, as our country nominates its...
The Global Indian Phenomenon?

The Global Indian Phenomenon?

I distinctly remember my response to the first question the interviewer asked in my first job interview in the United States. It was back in 1985, and the interviewer was an elderly gentleman of British origin. He asked me why I chose the United States for graduate...