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Navratri More Than Just A Celebration

Navratri More Than Just A Celebration

Navratri (Nav Durga) is a nine-day festival of Hindus honoring the Mother Goddess. This celebration occurs twice a year: The first one is in the spring during March/April, and the second one is in the fall during September/October, based on the lunar cycle Navratri is...
Can We Get a Dog, Pleeease?

Can We Get a Dog, Pleeease?

As an only child, our son’s periodic refrain over the years went like this: “You guys didn’t get me a brother or a sister, at least get me a dog, a big furry one please.” My husband and I successfully dodged him with a multitude of excuses for almost a decade, until...
How I Keep Busy After My Youngest Flew the Coop

How I Keep Busy After My Youngest Flew the Coop

“You are going back to graduate school?  Oh!” is the usual response I receive when I tell people about my plans. The facial expression that goes with the “oh” is particularly interesting. Sometimes it signifies pity as in, “Why would you want to put your self through...
Diwali, Dharma and De-cluttering

Diwali, Dharma and De-cluttering

Another Diwali has come and gone. The desi stores of Artesia’s Little India were busy as usual this year. Sweets and savories were flying off the shelves at my favorite desi restaurant. I don’t do gold, but I suspect the many jewelry stores did brisk business as well....
Life, Liberation and the Pursuit of Bliss

Life, Liberation and the Pursuit of Bliss

Yogah Chittavrutti Nirodhah    —Verse 1.2, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Union (yoga) is the cessation of fluctuations in consciousness,” says the second verse in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The first verse, verse 1.1, is this simple statement, “Now begins Yoga instruction.”...
Butter Chicken, My Dad’s Way

Butter Chicken, My Dad’s Way

The prep work always began on Thursday night. It was 1980, we lived in the Middle East, and Thursday was the start of the weekend. I’d huddle with Dad in our small galley-style kitchen as he began making butter chicken—a glorious dish of chicken pieces marinated in...