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  • Loafing Around
    on Aug 11, 2011 in Cool People Friends Travel Writing
    On our way up Vermont's scenic route 125 from Burlington to Middlebury, our driver showed us the path leading to where Poet Robert Frost lived and wrote in the summer and fall months from 1939 until his death in 1963 in Ripton. The property, historic...
  • Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
    on May 6, 2011
    I reflect on the many things that have happened in my life in the last ten days. In a week buffered by two weekends, I flew to Cleveland to drench myself in music and hear my son sing, marveled over the lace and grace of a royal wedding, hopped over...
  • Battle Whim of the Bovine Mother
    on Apr 4, 2011
    When I found out today that Tiger Mother’s cub made it to Harvard , I realized that Tiger Mother had gamed the system yet again. I’m at work on a book these days and I know that the main thing about the publishing world in the days of dwindling b...
  • Working for an Affair Close to the Heart
    on Mar 30, 2011
    When I got the call in December asking if I would co-chair the press and media segment of the South Asian Heart Center’s 2011 Scarlet Night Gala in March, I dithered for a few days. During the prior years, I’d heard that South Asians–those of u...
  • Ode to an unknown woman
    on Mar 8, 2011 in Current Affairs Family Travel
    On this significant day, the hundredth International Women’s day, I must write an ode to one woman in Chennai, Pachaiyamma, who has made a difference in the life of my family in the last decade. She is one among the faceless, nameless women in Indi...
  • What Raja Ravi Varma did for Hindu goddesses and Indian women (domestic goddesses)
    on Mar 2, 2011
    In October 1906, when the famous Indian painter, Raja Ravi Varma, passed away, his obituary in The Hindu praised his paintings, claiming that they "exerted a unique influence over the minds" of Indians. Over a hundred years later India cont...
  • Ahmedabad, the textile city, turns 600 years old
    on Feb 28, 2011 in Travel
    When I lived in India, I never got a chance to visit the city of Ahmedabad in the Northwestern state of Gujarat but I grew up hearing stories about the glorious past of this textile destination. As I began work on my book project, the first place I r...
  • Kindling New Ways to Read
    on Dec 21, 2010
    My husband and I make an antiquated couple. We take years to adopt new technology. While friends are trading news on droids, we taxi in, like GE aliens landing in the midst of a 4G subculture. Then we whip out a phone like the Samsung SCH-A690 (which...
  • Crossing The Bridge
    on Dec 13, 2010
    When a year trundles to a close, most of us tend to measure our progress by the number of milestones that we reached during the year. In my case, I’ve been forced to measure my progress by the number of bridges–literally and figuratively–that I...
  • All is Well
    on Dec 5, 2010
    When I wake up this December Sunday at 9 am, it is a summer day. The sun has set our living room on fire. The curry leaf plant basks in the golden beam warming the front window, its green lush against the flame of the Japanese Maple outside. Everywhe...
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