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Category: Perspectives

On the Difficulty of Making Friends

The scene is a winter party, Chicago, the year 2015. There are large platters of powdered cookies and plates of soft cheese. There is an eight-quart stockpot of mulled wine on the stove, all floating orange segments and cinnamon spice. And there is an older crowd: professors and the partners ...


Eleven Reasons Why I Hate Social Media

Watching Jugaad at Work

jugaad, noun. < Jugaad (alternatively Juggaar) is a colloquial Hindi and Punjabi word that can mean an innovative fix or a simple work-around, used for solutions that bend rules, or a resource that can be used as such, or a person who can solve a complicated issue

letter to editor

More Than a Travel Story I really enjoyed Rajesh C. Oza’s article (“A Migrant’s Holiday” India Currents, Dec ‘15–January ‘16)and felt you captured the journey through the people you met. Images of the places you mentioned careened through my mind like a film that is slowed ...

Bombay Bus

I rolled the large American Tourister bag to the bus stop in Ganeshpuri, my two daughters in tow. The roof of the State Transport bus to Mumbai was piled high with luggage as it came to a halt. A crowd had gathered mysteriously within minutes and we had to push ...

The Lingering Flavors of Home

When Ganesh Meiyappam, 24, an engineering graduate, left his hometown in Vellore, India to attend classes at Purdue University this year, his cooking skills were limited to boiling milk and microwaving pack- aged noodles and soups. After just a few months in the United States, all that changed. Much to ...

We Were Midnight’s Daughters

The other day, I got a text from a stranger. He claimed to be a high school classmate who was organizing our first ever reunion. I shrugged the idea off at first. The writer in me was loath to stir up memories, to replace old recollections with new ones ...

Snoring Shanmugam, and Other Cautionary Tales

I spend much of my time reading, always have. When I was in elementary school, I even read during recess, sitting alone by the tanbark box, hoping not to be hailed into a monkey-bar race or other gymnastics contest for which I was congenitally unprepared. Nowadays, in addition to my ...

A Palanquin of Wedding Bills

palanquin, noun. 1580-90 < a boxlike litter carried by means of poles resting on the shoulders of several men <  from Portuguese palanquim, from Prakrit pallanka, from Sanskrit paryanka

We'll Always Have Paris

A salute to Paris (and Art Buchwald)
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