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August 26, 2017

It's fun concocting my own recipes in an effort to use as many veggies from the garden as possible. This version of garden pasta has become one of my favorites. 

Step 1: Blend tomatoes, garlic, and a jalapeño. Pour the sauce into a pan, and add fresh herbs--rosemary, sa...

August 4, 2017

My father loved nature. He had a keen appreciation for the outdoors, despite (or perhaps because of) living in city where green spaces were slowly being consumed by commercial and residential construction to accommodate a fast-growing and ambition-filled population. Ye...

October 13, 2016

I am a Jain. In fact, you only need to know my full name to know what faith community I am a part of. However, despite the evident last name, my faith and spiritual practice have always been a deeply personal matter to me—something I seldom talk about.

Until now, that i...

June 28, 2015

It was my first exam in college as an undergrad. I had taken up English literature as my major, and in those days, the entire assessment was conducted through ‘final exams’ at the end of the academic year. I had worked hard through the year, preparing my notes, attendi...

November 2, 2014

I'm not sure when I began to truly grasp the fact that my father was struggling with a disabling mental illness. Perhaps, it was around the time when my father had a nervous breakdown. Or when one of my friends in the colony, where I grew up, one day told me that her p...

October 10, 2014

My first lessons in critical thinking came from my mother, and the lessons were often delivered with a twinkle in the eye. 

One day, while we were talking to each other, I 'corrected' Ma's pronunciation of a word. I had just recently started my college studies, and had...

September 26, 2014

My mother was one of the most patient people I knew...and the most amazing of teachers. Married at the age of 16, Ma didn't have the opportunity to finish her college education. She had been a brilliant student in school, excelling in mathematics and languages. In coll...

September 24, 2014

Many years ago, on one of my visits to Sunday Book Bazaar, I picked up a book and asked the bookseller the price. He replied rudely, asking if I was serious about purchasing the book or was just wasting his time. Upset at his rudeness, I put the book down without anoth...

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