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Category: Perspectives

Gandhi’s Legacy

It was on a chance visit to Riverside that I saw a figure towering beneath the blue of the California skies that seemed strangely familiar and brought back memories from my childhood in India—a bronze sculpture of a man wearing a dhoti with a shawl hung over his ...

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 ...

Non-Citizens to Serve on Juries?

No, non-citizens are not “peers” The California Legislature recently passed AB 1401, a bill that would allow non-citizen-residents of the state to serve on juries. The Bill now awaits the signature of Governor Jerry Brown. Proponents of this bill say that the bill would address the shortage of jurors ...

Good Health

Less about exercise and more about movement

Of Gods and Faith

I still believe Dada’s assertions that poverty, injustice, inequality in the world are all evidence against the existence of God.

Shuffling Cards

Indian Americans have made considerable inroads professionally and are making a significant impact politically at the local, state and national levels. As a community, we often bring a unique perspective to U.S. domestic and foreign policy issues. This is my reading of the events on and about Syria ...

Heroes Among Us

When my three-year old son died of brain cancer, one of my first thoughts was that maybe it was my fault: I didn’t try hard enough.  Our media and our culture have led us to believe that if you try hard enough, you can beat cancer. Lance Armstrong ...

The Single Life

There are wonderful benefits to the single life. And for many years I have enjoyed those benefits.  Keeping my own schedule. Having the full duvet to wrap around me at night.  Arguing with no one over the remote control. Occasionally allowing the hair on my legs to get a ...

Do Teens Have it Better Today?

Yes, teens do have it better today Elizabeth Kolbert wrote a provocative article in The New Yorker recently titled, “Spoiled Rotten,” where she laments about how American kids are pampered and are growing up with no sense of responsibility. She says that “with the exception of the imperial offspring ...

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 ...
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