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Rhyme and Reason

Poetry as Sanctuary – A column where we explore poetry as a means of expression for voices of the South Asian Diaspora. A lizard in a blizzard Got a snowflake in his gizzard And...

Fake News, Aziz Ansari & The Vote

In the run up to the 2016 presidential election, a tweet featuring popular Indian American actor Aziz Ansari urged voters to cast their vote from home. The photoshopped image...

Reflections of the Raj in the Spirit of Multiculturalism

As we enter the season of “Devi Paksha”, the spirit of Feminine Divine in the Fall, regaling at the cotton ball clouds in the clear blue sky, gentle morning breeze smelling of...

Watch Chadha’s Film Tackle White Supremacy Before You Vote!

What to watch before the election, in light of Trump's troubling stance on white supremacist views? Gurinder Chadha's film "Blinded by the Light" (on HBO) is a treat for Bruce...

It Is Sacrilegious Not to Vote…

(Featured Image: 1952 ballot boxes in Delhi - Wikimedia Commons)  Why will I not fail to vote? I am an immigrant who has never failed to vote in ANY of the elections since my...
A Play on Nehru’s Letters to His Daughter From Prison

A Play on Nehru’s Letters to His Daughter From Prison

In 1928, Jawaharlal Nehru was put in an Allahabad jail during India's freedom struggle. That summer he started writing letters to his 10-year old daughter, Indira, who was in Mussoorie at the time. In the first series of letters, Book of Nature, he told her the story...

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Letters to India Currents: 10/22/20

Letters to India Currents: 10/22/20

To The Editor, I have seen how the Indian American Voters have gotten slightly disaffected by Harris/Biden/Jaipal Reddy/Ro Khanna/Ilhan Omar's stances being perceived as though against India, especially on Kashmir and Modi administration. In swing states, Indian votes...

Caring Long Distance

Caring Long Distance

“Get rid of Annu right away!” The injunction came from the top. And then came an oblong package that we hadn’t ordered. It was the implement to lure us into believing that getting rid of Annu wouldn’t be as hard as we were thinking. Sinister as the plan appears to be,...

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Fake News, Aziz Ansari & The Vote

Fake News, Aziz Ansari & The Vote

In the run up to the 2016 presidential election, a tweet featuring popular Indian American actor Aziz Ansari urged voters to cast their vote from home. The photoshopped image showed Ansari, star of Master of None and Parks & Recreation, holding a sign that said...

A Play on Nehru’s Letters to His Daughter From Prison

In 1928, Jawaharlal Nehru was put in an Allahabad jail during India's freedom struggle. That summer he started writing letters to his 10-year old daughter, Indira, who was in Mussoorie at the time. In the first series of letters, Book of Nature, he told her the story...

Bollywood and Beyond is a 3rd i Tradition

Never been to a film festival before? Due to the pandemic, they're more accessible than ever, having pivoted to digital extravaganzas inviting people to “attend” who might not have had the chance otherwise.  One of the premier festivals promoting diverse images of...

Few Gigs Left In The Gig Economy

My daughter recently moved to the Bay Area. She has a new job, her first out of college, but viewed the move with trepidation. Could she and her roommates afford west coast rents on their modest salaries? They worried about returning to their old bargain basement digs...


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Rhyme and Reason

Rhyme and Reason

Poetry as Sanctuary – A column where we explore poetry as a means of expression for voices of the South Asian Diaspora. A lizard in a blizzard Got a snowflake in his gizzard And nothing else much happened, I’m afraid. But lizard rhymed with blizzard And blizzard...

We Called Them Blessings

Desi Roots, Global Wings – a monthly column focused on the Indian immigrant experience. The word ‘privilege’ that has become popular in debates and discussions worldwide, reminded me of an old quote.  The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count...

America in 1975

AMERICA - 1978 America And your trillion-dollar Economy And your FM stereo And your serpentine highways of lonely people Slanting westwards into the setting sun   Leave me alone   I am one of the starving millions of India  Who you’re mommy asked you to...



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A Whistling Tribute to Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar turned 90 a little more than one year ago, a momentous milestone in a life whose story is the very chronicle of Hindi Film Music in the post-Independence era. Any superlatives used to describe this life seem banal, and indeed many of the tributes that...

Mirzapur Returns to Prime

Under the dark cloud of COVID, watching comedy has been my panacea. Bollywood veteran villains of our childhood in India: Pran, Prem Nath, Prem Chopra, Amjad Khan, and Amrish Puri ruled the silver screen. We disliked their wicked characters but we repeated their...


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South Asians Running for Office – Belal Aftab in Saratoga

A record number of South Asians are running for political office for the very first time across California. They come from the hi-tech, finance and the non-profit sectors, but what is unique is they represent a new generation that is ready to take an important next...

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Voters’ Pennies Could Save Caltrain

Voters’ Pennies Could Save Caltrain

COVID-19 is hitting everyone hard, including Caltrain, the Bay Area’s commuter train line. On Nov.3, Measure RR will give voters in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties the opportunity to bring Caltrain back from the brink of closing down. Before COVID,...

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It Is Sacrilegious Not to Vote…

It Is Sacrilegious Not to Vote…

(Featured Image: 1952 ballot boxes in Delhi - Wikimedia Commons)  Why will I not fail to vote? I am an immigrant who has never failed to vote in ANY of the elections since my citizenship. Moving from India to the USA, I transferred from one Democratic country to...

Break-up or Divorce: The Case of Indian-American Voters

This article is part of the opinion column – Beyond Occident – where we explore a native perspective on the Indian diaspora. The 2020 US presidential election is poised to be the watershed moment in Indian-American (IA) politics. The significance of this election lies...

Does Prop 22 Do Justice for the Gig Workers?

Forum – A column where you get eyes on both sides of a hot button issue. Does Prop 22 Do Justice to the Gig Economy? No! In 1959, despite graduating at top of her law class at Columbia, Ruth Bader Ginsberg had a hard time finding jobs because she was a mother. She,...


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COVID Can’t Beat A Pumpkin Spice Papaya Spoonshot!

COVID Can’t Beat A Pumpkin Spice Papaya Spoonshot!

Imagine going to your favorite smoothie bar and lchecking the menu, looking for something new and interesting to try. You spot a flavor labeled 'Pumpkin Spice Papaya Turmeric' and think - how could that possibly taste good? But you give it a shot since you’re a foodie...

Tips for Learning From Home

Children face myriad challenges with remote learning, as they are unable to meet with friends and follow a normal schedule during this pandemic. They become restless and unhappy.    You as parents may be in a conundrum wondering how to teach your child(ren) at home...

Connecting to Nature is Good for Public Health

The Bay Area is a great place to live in. It is blessed with progressive land planning that has set aside vast open space areas for recreation. Measures, like Measure Q and now T, to be voted in by the people, ensure that open spaces in Santa Clara Valley stay...

Loving Yourself During Challenging Times

Dear Reader, Self-love is more important now than ever. The pandemic has added a layer of sadness, frustration, and uncertainty, and navigating the new normal is not easy.  This has made it extremely difficult to breathe or feel safe to do our everyday tasks. We are...


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A Teen’s Writing Contest is a Much Needed Distraction

A Teen’s Writing Contest is a Much Needed Distraction

NYC, New York - I saw how devastating COVID-19 was for so many people in NYC, particularly teenagers who had to adapt their lifestyles. From switching to remote learning to finding ways to stay active and engaged, there have been a lot of changes.  The one thing in...

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