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Category: Perspectives

I’m a Gastronomic Traitor

The American novelist, John Cheever, once said, “I’ve been homesick for countries I’ve never been and longed to be where I couldn’t be.” So is the state of my gastronomic patriotism. What can I say? I’m India-born. But I’ve never craved my own cuisine ...

Finding Kalpana

A mother finds parallels in Finding Nemo as she bids adieu to her college bound daughter

A Brave New World

From the top of a double decker train, I watch the Riviera go by. The word, Riviera, conjures up a sepia colored village in my mind, straight out of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. So, on my way from a writers’ residency in Italy to one in France, I have ...

Puffed Up Over a Roti

roh·tee  noun (in India, neighboring countries and the Caribbean) a type of unleavened breadOrigin: Hindi and Urdu roti bread; akin to Sanskrit rotika, kind of breadFirst Known Use: Unknown

Woof, Yeah Yeah, More

Mrinalini is talking now. Every day, she acquires new words. At first, it seemed that she was simply imitating the words she heard: “Backpack,” I showed her. “Backpack,” she said. “iPod,” I unwrapped my earbuds. “iPod,” she said. But then, days later, she ran into my office and looked ...

Salutations to the Sun

We meditate on the adorable glory of the radiant sun; may he inspire our intelligence.—Interpretation of Gayatri Mantram by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, second President of India.

Medical School Memoirs

When asked to write about a true life adventure, I’m sure many people think about the wild nights that turned into days, hot summer nights on the beach with your best friends, hiking through raw terrain…Uh, none of that ringing a bell? You are not alone my ...

Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

No, the cost is too high Any impediment to a harmful substance is a good thing. Keeping marijuana illegal keeps consumption lower than if it was legal, and puts barriers to the sale and access to this drug for teenagers. In support of legalization, the libertarian view is that individuals ...

Otranto—An Italian Poem

When I applied to a writers’ residency in Otranto, Italy, I did not even know where the town was. I filled out the paperwork half-heartedly, not sure if I wanted to go. So, when I got the letter of acceptance, I reviewed a map and located the place, a ...

Rehearsing Return

This month, my mother and brother are making the annual pilgrimage to India, with essential visits to grandmothers, a routine trip to the bank to request ATM pin re-activation, the hasty organization of forgotten stitching and repair work in the days before departure, and a weekend in a tea ...
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