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Daddy’s Not-So-Little Girl

One of my strongest memories of childhood is from age 9, where, propping my eyes open with thumbs and forefingers, I willed myself not to doze as I waited behind metal railings for Daddy to emerge from the airport. I had never been on a plane myself. Foreign travel ...

Rain, Again

Three and a half decades ago, on a late July night in Bombay, the rain came clattering down on the red-tiled roof of the Parsi General Hospital. Just a few hours earlier, my mother had delivered her firstborn, and I lay in a bassinet under ultra violet light, tiny ...

Standing Left of the Right

The institution of marriage resembles a lock with multiple combination codes. Different permutations can be applied to different generations and societies. Among the numerous types of marriages we have witnessed through history, human society has resisted some forms and embraced others based on religious, moral and personal values.  Like ...

September Blues

On a crisp September morning, a dozen years ago, I emerged into the sunshine feeling happy and ravenous. Having finished an intense summer at Syracuse University’s famed Newhouse School of Communications, I was easing into the Fall semester, thoroughly enjoying the thrill of learning. Breakfast was on my ...

Have Daughter, Will Move

In the August of 1976, Shankar moved to Seattle, WA—his wife and infant daughter arrived from his hometown in Tamil Nadu two years later. It was a time when the Indian population in the United States was not where it is today and IT was not yet a ...

Nourishing the Past

I grew up and spent my early adult years in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, where there was a substantial Indian immigrant population; over there, it was almost akin to India ... though not-quite India, as I like to think of it.  Apart from the matter of India physically being a mere ...

Wikipedia’s Sexist Turn

Men are Novelists; Women are “Women Novelists?”

Are You Dad Enough?

My son is turning five later this month and I am going through a whole slew of emotions. I miss the baby that was my son not too long ago. I face a boy getting ready for elementary school this fall and I am not quite ready for it ...

The Denial of American Grandeur

As the story of the Tsarnaev brothers unfolds—from asylum, to attempts at assimilation and finally to terrorism—I hear echoes of another set of brothers from my own country, Vietnam. On April 4, 1991 three Vietnamese brothers and a friend—all teenagers—took over an electronics store in Sacramento ...

The New Rape Whistle: Electric Bras and Condoms with Teeth

Modern technology has brought us a new kind of rape whistle—an electrified bra that shocks anyone who touches it and sends out a GPS signal to police. But the invention is just as ludicrous as its predecessor—and once again puts the impetus of preventing rape on women ...
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