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The Iraq War

The Iraq War

President George Bush claims to be on a mission to eliminate terrorism and promote democracy around the world. If this were really the case, Indians at home and abroad would be overjoyed, on both counts. For, India happens to be one of the leading countries in the...
Of Bride Burnings and Astronauts

Of Bride Burnings and Astronauts

As NASA trains another American woman of Indian origin for a space mission, many around me are astonished. They can’t fathom how the land of satis and dowries could produce so many female scientists and explorers. But as an Indian-born American and a physicist, I’m...
Childhood Ghosts

Childhood Ghosts

For an Indian immigrant in America, J.K. Rowling’s literary and box-office smash Harry Potter brings back a childhood spent poring over the similar stories of an earlier British author—and haunting memories of yearning for a whitewashed vision of England that could...

The End of Innocence

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, I sent my children to school as usual. I hadn’t realized yet that this was the day their world was to change forever. But when my son came home from school that afternoon, he said, “Mom, I told everyone at school...

Of Princesses and Frogs

It is interesting that Western culture has so many fairy tales associated with princesses. Princesses and Frogs. Beauty and the Beast. A princess has to kiss a frog to make him into a prince, but a princess never takes the shape of, say, an ugly lizard. I first heard...