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God Save Freddie Mercury

God Save Freddie Mercury

It was electrifying to watch Rami Malek perform as Freddie Mercury in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, showing us a man grappling with soul-searing despair and alienation even while the world was feting him for his extraordinary musical prowess. Yet, the movie was deeply...
Mumbai’s Jeeves

Mumbai’s Jeeves

Mumbai — a curtain of rain flutters and falls. It’s nice watching the rain from the shelter of a 12th floor flat. Not in the jhopudputti, the slum where my father’s attendant lives. There the water seeps in so high that he is afraid his young children will...
Turkey Day Or Not? Our Choice

Turkey Day Or Not? Our Choice

Much about the earliest Thanksgiving celebrations is up for debate, but if there is anything that historians concur on, it is that the early celebrations were not a heartwarming harvest feast between Native Americans and European settlers as is widely portrayed, but...
A Patchwork Elephant And Life Lessons

A Patchwork Elephant And Life Lessons

I’m always looking for creative ways to sensitize my children to issues of diversity and tolerance. As a transplant, who made the brave move from India to America over a decade ago, bringing up a culturally sensitive brood is important to me. As I floundered trying to...
CA Ballot Propositions On Healthcare Explained

CA Ballot Propositions On Healthcare Explained

  Midterm elections are almost upon us and many of us are struggling with the choices we have to make, especially with the ballot propositions. Californians will vote on 11 ballot measures come November 6th. Reading the official State voting guide can still leave...
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...