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Maya, Marquez, Mandela and Our Facebook Posts

Maya, Marquez, Mandela and Our Facebook Posts

I have never read a book by Maya Angelou. However I must confess when Maya Angelou died I immediately felt I needed to Google “inspirational quotes Maya Angelou.” I knew my social media timeline would be flooded with them and I didn’t want to be caught empty-handed...
Without Subtitles: The Sholay Test

Without Subtitles: The Sholay Test

I grew up in one of those Bengali families that rarely went to the theater to watch a Hindi film. Despite its sixty golden jubilees even Sholay could not breach that snobbishness. Haathi mera Saathi did but that was more about the elephant than Rajesh Khanna. I...
When Truth and Fiction Converge

When Truth and Fiction Converge

The adage goes that fact is stranger than fiction and this has come alive for me, following the results of the recent American elections. Was the catastrophe of 9/11 being followed by another on 11/9? Coincidentally, I was reading Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird...
Should we protest the election results?

Should we protest the election results?

Let’s face it, Donald Trump is the 45th President elect. A lot of us are unhappy with this outcome. It saddens us to know that a person who can openly make extremely derogatory comments about women and is caught on camera bragging about sexually assaulting women can...
Silicon Valley Life – Winning and Losing – A Personal Take

Silicon Valley Life – Winning and Losing – A Personal Take

  Us and Them : For months I actively debated and weighed in on the American elections in many conversations. I watched in awe as I saw how this country went through the same inflammatory campaign rhetoric that marked Indian politics. Here in the Silicon Valley, we...
Letter From College Student To Those Who Are Not Upset By Trump’s Video

Letter From College Student To Those Who Are Not Upset By Trump’s Video

I have been upset and emotional this past week about Donald Trump’s candidacy. You are probably confused as to why I have become so emotional about this. For the past few months, we have all been subjected to Trump’s highly inflammatory comments constantly; we have...