Voices

Is The Handmaid’s Tale a Feminist Tract?

Is The Handmaid’s Tale a Feminist Tract?

I have always had difficulty with Margaret Atwood’s writings, perhaps because her visions of the future are too dark. Listening to the audio version of The Blind Assassin, I got thoroughly confused. No surprise then that I hadn’t read her classic, The Handmaid’s Tale,...
I Am The “Other”

I Am The “Other”

The Silicon Valley is a bubble,” my daughter said when I tried to apply the logic of the valley to the rest of the country. My children live on the opposite coast and they have told me often that the Bay Area coddled and insulated us from most events that skewed the...
Racism Of The Every Day Kind

Racism Of The Every Day Kind

A couple of weeks ago, we witnessed a racially charged demonstration on the grounds of a premier American University at Charlottesville, Virginia. White supremacists, Klansmen and Neo-Nazis marched with torches spewing hatred. To most Americans, the march was an...
Yet Another Op-Ed in the Echo Chamber. Anyone Listening?

Yet Another Op-Ed in the Echo Chamber. Anyone Listening?

November 9th: True confession: I climbed out of the echo chamber that I had been living in. You know how things were before the election – I talked to other liberals who were and still are friends and neighbors; we had extended each other’s arguments and...
Are Indian Weddings Too Ostentatious?

Are Indian Weddings Too Ostentatious?

I saw Monsoon Wedding, the new musical, with a group of Indian women friends recently. We laughed at familiar idiomatic expressions, translated, at times awkwardly, from Hindi into English. We got nostalgic listening to old melodies. I even got teary-eyed when a...
Marriage Matters

Marriage Matters

I’d been caught in a maelstrom of engagements and weddings recently. In some instances, the girl or the boy was not that much older than my own daughter and so now my child began chafing at the broad hints from her parents about her own future. “You guys raised me to...