Reflections

Oh Rapturous Spring!

Oh Rapturous Spring!

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” – Rachel Carson: The Sense of Wonder Growing up in the Nilgiri hills in South India, I must admit that I...
Whose English Is It Anyway?

Whose English Is It Anyway?

Life is full of surprises of every kind. The pain of being frequently corrected by your young child as you hold normal everyday conversations is hard to overcome. The corrections I am talking about involve simple conversational English. “Papa,” my daughter often says,...
Breaking Free From Hinglish

Breaking Free From Hinglish

Recently I had to call India and talk to an elder in my family expressing my sadness and condolence over the loss of a family member. It was a conversation full of tears and love. With this sense of loss of family, I felt another strange sense of loss, and that was...
Our Almost Perfect Family

Our Almost Perfect Family

” I cannot find Jai!” I wailed to my husband. “What kind of a mother am I? I cannot find my own son!” We were standing in front of a wall of student artwork at Stenwood Elementary. The first-graders had drawn pictures titled, “Who Am I?” and now their parents...
40 Life Lessons On Turning 40!

40 Life Lessons On Turning 40!

Other than greying hair, some wrinkles, and ever more frequent visits to the doctor, aging is a beautiful process. It feels like I am peeling through the layers of an onion; each layer is juicier but the onion keeps shrinking. Blowing candles and cutting cake with...