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Category: Perspectives

Guilty of Walking While Brown

"Are you sure 'they' know who you are when you take a walk around your neighborhood?" 

Am I a Goddess or a Crone?

Looking back on my life, I wonder if I have ever felt like a goddess. 

Cutting the Umbilical Cord

A friend once told me that the hardest thing about sending her young daughter to daycare was realizing that she, the child, was having a wide range of independent experiences—eating, playing, sleeping, crying, laughing—that she, the mother, would never know about, never see, and never share. The child ...

Sheesh! So Much Bakshish!

bakshish [bak-sheesh]: noun 1. money given as a tip, a present, or almsverb 2. to give such money to (a person) Origin: from Persian bakhshish, from bakhshidan to give; related to Sanskrit bhaksati he enjoys

Remembering India’s First Woman Photojournalist

In today’s world with selfies and instagrams, where everyone is snapping pictures on their iPhones, it was illuminating to see the black and white photos of Homai Vyarawalla, belonging to another era when photography was black and white, and cameras were bulky and most professional photographers were male ...

Let’s Talk About Death, Baby

The first time I saw a dead body was when I was 20 years old and in my anatomy lab at university. Many of us are sheltered from death during our childhood and don’t give it much thought during adulthood either, unless and until we are unavoidably faced ...

Plunging Necklines, Gaping Armholes and Low Risers

Undies or Outies?

Unearthing Shakti

shakti [shuk-thee]: 1. the female principle or organ of generative power.2. the wife of a deity, especially of Shiva. From Sanskrit sákti power

Notes on a First Winter

I am beginning to understand why Californians are so often the objects of disdain: undeserving inhabitants of the land of fair weather, land underappreciated by those who did not endure a hard winter, ...

Was Charlie Hebdo Funny?

Once upon a time, the terrorist attacks in Paris would have evoked an impersonal response in me. But now, I view them with a telephoto lens. I know the streets, the boulevards, the buildings. After living in France for a month last summer, I know something of the French ...
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