Community Colleges: A Well-Kept Secret

Community Colleges: A Well-Kept Secret

Community colleges are the often-overlooked institutions of learning, that are hidden gems in one’s backyard. In India, the system of community colleges is seen as an alternative system of education that can be used to acquire trade skills, but not as a conduit to...
Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Ride a bike! Plant a Tree! Honor an environmental activist! Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., an activist and thought leader on the social and environmental impacts of industrial-scale agriculture and globalization, headlined Virginia Commonwealth University’s...
Lovesick Without Aloo Gobhi

Lovesick Without Aloo Gobhi

I watched Lovesick at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, which comes with the usual homey discord of diasporic film festivals. The people behind me were passing tupperware filled with aloo gobhi. The harangued IFFLA staff member was pleading people to lower...

A “Job” Well Done: A Poem For My Daughter

Finding you Fearless… I taught you to  Fear. Eternally Curious… I taught you Indifference. Charmingly Honest… I taught you Pretence. Openly Friendly… I taught you Caution. Implicitly Trusting… I taught you to Doubt. Clingingly Needy… I taught you Independence…...
Rāmā Kātha

Rāmā Kātha

During the final exams for my Masters degree, Banaras Hindu University hosted a festival celebrating the Rāmāyana from various South-East Asian countries; every evening a different country presented a retelling of their version in dance drama format. That was my first...
Unhurried Love in October

Unhurried Love in October

October is like that rare, precious and real moment which arrives in our prescribed lives completely unannounced. Like a soft petal, or a floating cloud, or a silent wave. Filled with calm and spontaneity. Making us wonder what to do with it. Savour it? Live it? Run...
Gala For Heart Health A Success

Gala For Heart Health A Success

On Saturday, March 17, 2018, more than 320 philanthropists, physicians, and community leaders came together for the Scarlet Ball, an annual gala to benefit the South Asian Heart Center at El Camino Hospital. The fundraising event, which was held at the Dolce Hayes...
Was your childhood name Chikoo?

Was your childhood name Chikoo?

In truth there is absolutely no need to make sorbet out of sapotes. A sapote is perfectly sorbet-like if you just chop it up and stick it in the freezer and then eat it, ideally with your hands and straight out of the serving dish, a few hours later. Blending,...
What Is My Voice? A Poem For Asifa

What Is My Voice? A Poem For Asifa

What Is My Voice? Is my voice the color of my skin; Or the brand of the clothes that I wear? Is it the name of the God I worship; Or that of my gender laid bare?  Is my voice the sound of my music; Or is it the language I speak? Is it the size and shape of my body; Or...
Amrita Pritam: She Writes on The Grooves of My Soul

Amrita Pritam: She Writes on The Grooves of My Soul

This article was first published in December 2016 and is being re-published in honor of National Poetry Month. Of late, I have physically embraced the cloak of solitude. Reprimanded often as a dreamer in kindergarten by teachers, now having escaped their vigil I have...