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The New Rape Whistle: Electric Bras and Condoms with Teeth

Modern technology has brought us a new kind of rape whistle—an electrified bra that shocks anyone who touches it and sends out a GPS signal to police. But the invention is just as ludicrous as its predecessor—and once again puts the impetus of preventing rape on women ...

Pluralism Reaches a Milestone in America

Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu sworn into the U.S. House

Is President Obama a Good Negotiator?

No, Obama is not a good negotiator President Obama is a good orator, a good communicator, a visionary and a thinker. But he is just not good at striking a good deal with the opposition on matters of policy. He often compromises his advantage before the other side has shown ...

The Bystander Problem

Examining the costs of ignoring human trafficking

May You Bear A Hundred Daughters

Your culture is killing girls,” a friend says as we take stock of the fresh vegetables at the Davis Farmers’ Market. I turn my attention away from the pile of snowy white cauliflower heads. “Your culture is killing women,” she repeats, this time waving a well-manicured finger in my ...

Boston Marathon: A Runner Remembers

Devesh Khatu ran the Boston Marathon twice—once in 2009 and once in 2010.This year he was not running the race. But ever since the bombs went off at America’s oldest and most iconic marathon, his phone and Facebook wall have been flooded with anxious messages. Khatu ...

Offend Me and You’ll Be Chutney!

chutney—noun1. a pickle of Indian origin, made from fruit, vinegar, spices, sugar, etc: mangochutney2. a type of music popular in the Caribbean Asian community, much influenced by calypso [C19: from Hindi catni and Urdu chatni; of uncertain origin]First Known Use: 1813

Twice-Born Yoga

Berkeley is a veritable mecca for yoga practitioners. Here, studios are (happily) more numerous than Starbucks, each offering its own specialty: Bikram, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Yin yoga, Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, “Hot Vinyasa,” restorative yoga, passive asanas, and something incredibly popular in my neighborhood called Forrest, which blends Hatha yoga ...

Of All the Coffee Places

Kya?” “STAR-BUCKS,” my brother-in-law articulated into his mobile phone. The irony was delicious. We were having difficulty finding the newly opened Starbucks in Bombay, and now directory services seemed to be confused as well. In Southern California, one can’t go far before tripping over the ubiquity of Starbucks ...

I Dream of Gardens

A flower growing on a bush was the amazing discovery of my childhood. We lived in the old city then, where flowers were wilted things wrapped in leaves and sold outside of temples. Or they were strings of jasmine or chrysanthemums draped into women’s hair. They were not objects ...
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