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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...
Betsy Devos At Helm: A Student Speaks

Betsy Devos At Helm: A Student Speaks

In early February, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the Secretary of Education, in a 51-50 vote. As a college student struggling with course workload, her confirmation frightens me. As a tutor to college students, her confirmation most definitely frightens me. And, with...
Apartment Décor 101: Grad Student Style

Apartment Décor 101: Grad Student Style

When I washed up in South Dakota—home to Mount Rushmore—I felt as though I’d washed up on Mars, alone. I had to live like a modern day Robinson Crusoe not knowing whether I’d be a permanent resident or a serious sojourner. So it made sense for me not to collect too...
What Does the Bully Want?

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...