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What About Bill?

What About Bill?

How the dominoes have fallen. Ever since producer Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a sexual predator, the list of prominent men charged with sexual harassment has grown. Some of these men, like comedian Louis C.K., and actor Kevin Spacey, have been my idols. Even NPR’s...
How to Buy a Green Card

How to Buy a Green Card

Care to become a green card holder quickly? Looking to avoid the long H-1B lines? All you need is upwards of half a million dollars. That should be the tagline to the EB-5 visa marketing campaign. The EB-5 visa program is a pathway to legal permanent residence for...
The Hardest Battle Is Within

The Hardest Battle Is Within

A carpet of yellow leaves blankets the ground outside my window. The air is frostier, prompting me to hurry indoors. My mind soon turns inward reflecting on the past year. Confronting thoughts within is never easy; it is far easier to move ceaselessly from one thing...
When Sexual Assault Happens What Should You Do?

When Sexual Assault Happens What Should You Do?

Rape happens. It happens in “good families.” It happens to women and to men. Rape is non consensual sexual assault. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women and one in seventy one men will be raped at some point in their lives. The...
Is Identity Politics Passe in the Age of Globalization?

Is Identity Politics Passe in the Age of Globalization?

After spending a month in Catalonia, I returned to California in September even as the referendum took place there. Looking back, I marvel at my naiveté as I set off for a writers’ residency in the high Pyrenees in early August, never suspecting that I was traveling...
My #MeToo Story

My #MeToo Story

Over thirty years ago on an afternoon in Chennai, when lizards crawled down pipes and crows danced on coconut trees, the tenant renting the apartment above our home tapped on the grilled door leading into our living room. I walked towards the door wondering if the man...