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Memory Books-Helping Preserve Identities

Memory Books-Helping Preserve Identities

Over Thanksgiving break, my daughter and I watched Pixar’s latest masterpiece, Coco.  The young protagonist, Miguel Riviera,  is an aspiring musician.  Miguel’s great-great-grandfather had abandoned the family in search of musical glory. And so, the...
Beware the Golu Pictures are  Coming: The Surreal Wives of New Jersey

Beware the Golu Pictures are Coming: The Surreal Wives of New Jersey

Come each autumn, armies of clay demigods in Star Ledger wraps, break hibernation and rise like a set of rudely awoken cross swarm of mummies. They rise from Rubbermaid boxes deep in the basements of South Indian homes, unleashing long-mouthed maelstroms of hysteria...
Indian Monsoons in California: A Time to Celebrate?

Indian Monsoons in California: A Time to Celebrate?

Usually I love the rain––I love how it washes everything away, how it makes new buds pop up from the ground, the smell of wet dirt after the first rain of the season––but this year, it’s different. This year, that smell is laced with the smell of smoke. This year,...
Choosing to Marry Again

Choosing to Marry Again

It is still dark when I wake up in the guest room at my brother’s home. Trying not to wake up my teenage daughter, I adjust the pleats of the magenta silk sari and fasten the heavy fabric on my shoulder with a safety pin. Leaning towards the mirror to adjust my...
A Failure of Imagination: An Essay on Belonging

A Failure of Imagination: An Essay on Belonging

The lorry driver is taking the road to the pass which leads surprisingly with its own familiarity to another homeland. –John Berger (from an untitled poem)  And I am perverse enough to dream life elsewhere was simpler — –Arundhathi Subramaniam (from...
Where is Sherbat Gula Now?

Where is Sherbat Gula Now?

“Let’s take it easy and go eat at someplace nice for a change, I said one lazy Saturday morning. You know, just spend a relaxed, agenda-less morning. Some place I can wear this to.” I said. I was fondly looking at my new dupatta, carefully embroidered with dancing...