Young Professionals

Pilgrims and Indians

In September 1995, I was featured as the centerfold paper-doll in American Girl magazine. One-dimensional likenesses of my grandmother’s sari and mother’s salwar kameez bedecked Ragini-dolls in the homes of young girls all over the country. I was an Indian...

What Will Be

Once upon a time I had a future of possibility. The world was my oyster. The sky the limit. I made plans for a brilliant adulthood of stellar academics and a professional career. I was to be a biochemist, a journalist, a lawyer, the first woman president and a Nobel...

Season of Reflection

I should be delirious with happiness. Ecstatic, rapturous, elated, overjoyed. Thrilled, at the very least. Summer is before me, with her promise of evenings out and mornings in, ice-cream and the beach boardwalk, re-runs of my favorite sitcoms, holidaying in my native...

Scandal Brings Out New Voices

The sordid story of an Indian businessman who brought young girls into this country to provide cheap labor and sex has come to a close. Lakireddy Bali Reddy pled guilty to four counts of immigration fraud, and faces five to seven years in jail. The scandal has...

The Two Faces of the Indian Community

Silicon Valley’s South Asian community has two strikingly different faces. There is the increasingly familiar image of a rising, highly educated, affluent and politically connected group. Last September, for example, President Bill Clinton raised $1.4 million...