Do You Work?

Do You Work?

When we meet someone for the first time, after exchanging pleasantries, the next question we usually ask is, “So what you do?” The answer usually is—I am a teacher, doctor, student or accountant. We tend to identify ourselves with our professions so much that we talk...
Extreme Vetting-Desi Shtyle!

Extreme Vetting-Desi Shtyle!

As an immigrant many moons ago from India, it would not be a stretch to say that it took a while to both understand the firangi (read American) accent and become an active contributor to the same linguistic style. And I falsely believed that I could turn on the “fake...
What Are the Five Love Languages?

What Are the Five Love Languages?

Everyone wants to feel loved. But how can you know if you’re communicating your love in a way that the other person will truly understand and appreciate? Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of The 5 Love Languages®: The Secret to Love That Lasts. He describes five “love...
Ten Tips For Celebrating Diwali

Ten Tips For Celebrating Diwali

The Hindu Festival of Lights evokes joy, celebration, and a time of auspicious spending or investing. And with some careful planning, Diwali devotees can avoid overspending yet still ensure family and friends receive thoughtful gifts. Since it’s common to have dozens...
We Rise by Lifting Others

We Rise by Lifting Others

On a lit Saturday evening, Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville came alive after hours for an important cause. Narika, local Bay Area non-profit organization that works tirelessly to help domestic violence survivors in South Asian communities was celebrating its 25th...
Creating Beta Clones

Creating Beta Clones

At the time I got the news about the new indulgences of parents, I was drinking a nice cup of ginger chai which shot up my nose and burned my nasal passages. I’d just learned that many Indian-American parents had begun hiring college counselors the summer after their...
A Month Of Saturdays

A Month Of Saturdays

SIMRAN. Director: Hansal Mehta. Players: Kangana Ranaut, Hiten Kumar, Kishore Shahane, Sohum Shah, Rupinder Nagra, Aneesh Joshi. Music: Sachin-Jigar. Hindi, Gujarati and English with English sub-titles. Theatrical release (T-Series). Praful Patel (Ranaut)—Praf to her...