A Patchwork Elephant And Life Lessons

A Patchwork Elephant And Life Lessons

I’m always looking for creative ways to sensitize my children to issues of diversity and tolerance. As a transplant, who made the brave move from India to America over a decade ago, bringing up a culturally sensitive brood is important to me. As I floundered trying to...
Is This America?

Is This America?

Imagine you are a green card holder traveling frequently between the U.S. and your native country. Perhaps you seek cheaper medical treatment in your native country and return for medical visits. Or perhaps you are elderly and have relatives still living in your birth...
How To Help Victims Of “Deadliest” Fire

How To Help Victims Of “Deadliest” Fire

Wildfires are tearing through neighborhoods and causing widespread destruction. Lives have been uprooted and changed forever. Sikh Temple Yuba City is helping the Butte County Sheriff’s office and has donated supplies to handle this catastrophe. India...
Amma, is Thatha a Ghost?

Amma, is Thatha a Ghost?

Ever so often I’m caught off guard by a question posed by my child. It has the quality of a zap to my system – like that of a rusty car battery being jump started out of its cold slumber. This was one of those moments. Coming off of a hectic few weeks...
Saying it with Thanks – New Thanksgiving Recipes

Saying it with Thanks – New Thanksgiving Recipes

In early September, I joined my husband as he went back to his village in Palakkad, Kerala, after a ten year hiatus. He had grown up in Palakkad in a large joint family with his grandmother, mother, brother and sisters along with several uncles, aunts and cousins,...
Rakesh Dasgupta: Rocky Road of Passion

Rakesh Dasgupta: Rocky Road of Passion

Rakesh Dasgupta is an actor, and his own checkered life and journey through three countries and five cities has the potential to make a movie. Having lived in Kolkata, Brisbane, Townsville, and Sydney so far, currently based in Los Angeles, the 34-year-old actor and...
SEF Dandia 2018 Enthralls the Bay Area like Never Before

SEF Dandia 2018 Enthralls the Bay Area like Never Before

The 2018 Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF) Dandia season began with a resounding opening featuring the legendary Dandia Queen Falguni Pathak on October 5 and 6 and ended with a successful show featuring acclaimed singers Preetysha and Sameer on October 20. These events...
Celebrate And Save This Diwali

Celebrate And Save This Diwali

Ashrita Prasaad, district manager at U.S. Bank, celebrates Diwali with her family and her community – but starts saving for the holiday years in advance. The five-day Hindu festival of lights is an auspicious time for big life moments and even bigger purchases,...
Delivering Diasporic Diwali Dreams: A Story, An Epic

Delivering Diasporic Diwali Dreams: A Story, An Epic

  My parents moved from the South Asian subcontinent to the North American continent in the mid-1960s, never to again celebrate Diwali in the country of their birth.  But over the past 50 + years, they’ve never failed to light diyas, do pujas, enjoy mithais, and...
How Not to Spring Clean This Diwali

How Not to Spring Clean This Diwali

With the approach of Diwali, I tried to spring clean my house, as is customary. This year, some home repairs had been completed, and I was moving the contents back to my room. I smiled as I found a book that I had read many years ago. I remembered it with pleasure so...