Editorial

Of Sweaters, Sacred Ash And Being American

Of Sweaters, Sacred Ash And Being American

My toddler son stood in front of me – three lines of vibhuthi (sacred ash) smeared across his forehead, ready for preschool. I looked dumbfounded at the three white lines of vibhuti that trailed across his forehead, marking his identity as a Hindu. Did I want...
Voting Quietly: Do You Know How To Do That? I do.

Voting Quietly: Do You Know How To Do That? I do.

News of the migrant caravan is everywhere. The facts are simple: around 7000 migrants from Central America are making their way on foot through Mexico and hope to seek asylum at the US border in the next few weeks. As of today, PBS NewsHour reports that they are about...
Red White And Blue and the Hyphenated American

Red White And Blue and the Hyphenated American

This Fourth of July, the hyphenated identity is being discussed everywhere. Immigration – the benefits and demerits of the system – who gets to be included and why is being discussed in newspaper columns, on TV channels and at family cookouts. As a first...
How Does One Respond to the US President?

How Does One Respond to the US President?

By the time this essay is read, news channels and stories have already flogged to death the comment made by President Trump – “These are not humans, these are animals,” he uttered these words in a public meeting with sheriffs while discussing current...
How Does One Respond to President Trump?

How Does One Respond to President Trump?

By the time this essay is read, news channels and stories have already flogged to death the comment made by President Trump – “These are not humans, these are animals,” he uttered these words in a public meeting with sheriffs while discussing current...
Can “I Love You” be used within an Indian family?

Can “I Love You” be used within an Indian family?

Rain lashed on the windshield as my mother navigated our white Fiat car through the flooded streets of Chennai, the erstwhile Madras. I sat in the front seat craning my neck trying to watch out for any danger as she drove back home late in the night. Her simple...