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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 ...

Auto!

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 ...

From Here to Eternity and Back, Quickly

I’ve often thought of it but this summer I finally formulated it into one of Murphy’s Laws: Traveling to your holiday destination always takes more time than coming back. It always seems to take so long to reach our vacation spot but our return journey seems to go ...

Is Obama To Blame for the Government Shutdown?

Yes, Obama is culpable Our nation’s capital just had a circus sideshow that the world watched with incredulity. The spectacle is now on a pause but this temporary reprieve could just be an intermission before the next act possibly plays out in January 2014. The direct cost of the ...

Moving Out … Again

The advantage of being far is that when you come together it is always a special occasion. Your routine is on hold; grocery shopping is deferred.

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 ...
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