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Category: Perspectives

Showing Up is Eighty Percent of Life

The other day I was driving along, daydreaming to the rhythm of NPR, when a voice from the past jarred me out of my reverie. It was John Holdren, President Obama’s top science advisor, discussing the administration’s recent report on climate change. But I could start the ...

Down From the Tonga

ton·ga  [tong-guh]  nouna light, two-wheeled, horse-drawn vehicle used in India.Origin: 1870—75; Hindi tanga

We Are All Connected

I am walking along the banks of the Yamuna River in Brindavan, India. Every Bhagavad-Gita-quoting pundit-philosopher here is happy to talk to me about the interconnection of all human beings, the oneness of all humanity. This oneness is a core philosophy espoused by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, and this ...

Is the Comma Heading for a Full Stop?

There are certain things in life that we take totally for granted. Day and night; sun and moon; tears and laughter; life and death; anger and make-up; love, friendship ... Similarly in the world of reading and writing, punctuation marks are a given and it is here that the totally ...

On Faith

The producer at the radio station where I host a kid’s quiz show was unusually complimentary. “Your show is so interesting and fun ... it deserves its popularity,” he gushed while I blushed. As I arranged my quiz paraphernalia in the small booth where we work, he went on ...

The Non-Redundant Indian

As a keen follower of Indian politics and the upcoming national elections, and someone who is very active on social media year-round, I have lately been confronted by an interesting phenomenon: The tendency of resident Indians to a) diss NRIs and render them irrelevant by virtue of not residing ...

An Orange Letdown

orange [awr-inj]  nouna globose, reddish-yellow, bitter or sweet, edible citrus fruit.Origin: 1300–50; Middle English:  the fruit or tree < Old French orenge,  cognate with Spanish naranja  < Arabic naranj  < Persian narang  < Sanskrit naranga

Autobiography of a Freedom Fighter

Buried deep inside my mind is a sepia colored scene from early childhood, its hues taken from the films we used to see on the streets during festival time. In the scene, I am sitting beside my father Dada on a plywood divan in the front room of our ...

What the Goddess Says

Halfway through “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” next to the Pentium chip and around the corner from DJ Rekha, is Ruee Gawarikar’s “The Goddess of Visas” (2013). The accompanying text panel describes the painting as “a humorous take on the tedious and anxiety-ridden process of applying for ...

India’s Election Quandary

 
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