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Category: Perspectives

Alice Munro’s Nobel—A Victory for Women

Alice Munro’s Nobel win is important because it has finally put the inner lives of women center-stage. 

Step Into Our Verandah

verandah—noun (vuh-ran-duh)—a large, open porch, usually roofed and partly enclosed, as by a railing, often extending across the front and sides of a house; gallery.

Thirteen Things I Wish I'd Heard When I Turned 13

An advice column for thirteen-year olds.

A Million Morsels of Love

The romance of karva chauth


Letters to the editor

Our Recipes, Our Lives

This morning I was making a lentil soup for my family, almost exactly the way my grandmother, in India, taught me decades ago. Or so I first thought. Her recipe used six tablespoons of butter, onions, garlic, red lentils, about eight different spices, loads of cilantro and a touch ...

Slip Into Something Comfortable

The nightie revolution

The Breaking Bad in All of Us

The best TV show ever—and I mean EVER—ended on September 29th. And now I am experiencing withdrawal symptoms. So much so that I have decided to watch Breaking Bad from beginning to end, all over again. The story of the brilliant chemistry teacher Walter White, who, after ...

Approximating H-4

This fall, I packed up my books and belongings and moved across the country for someone else’s job. I arrived at the airport with a baby in tow; my husband was waiting to greet us with a freshly washed car and bachelor scruff. He took us “home” to ...


At noon, if you want to hire an auto-rickshaw by my father’s apartment in T. Nagar in Chennai, India, you must gear up for a bit of a walk because all around our home, auto-rickshaws are lined up like languorous coaches in the railroad yard at Chennai’s ...
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