Advise To My Younger Self

When opportunity knocks, open the door, don't keep second guessing yourself- take that risk, albeit in a measured way. When things break, or don't go your way, don't take it as a confirmation of your failings - build your confidence, trust yourself. When the going gets tough, be tough and get going. When you run …

A Brown Girl

An Indian girl dressed in bridal finery, looking down, eyes, shielded, but standing tall

Is it my brown skin that you don't like?Or that despite my brown skin,I stand where I do?Or maybe you don't likethat I was born a girland I was to stand behindmy man while he baskedin all the glory.But instead, although I am a girl,I take center-stageand take the applausefor my life's work.Or maybe it …

Book Blog – ‘The Clothing Of Books’, By Jhumpa Lahiri

This little book is deceptively power-packed and emotional. At the onset, this book claims to speak to the very technical view of book jackets and how they frequently impact the commercial fate of the book. Although as you read it, you will find it is a deeply personal reflection of the author. Lahiri starts by …

World Animal Day October 4, 2020

Airak

On this day, I want to share my experience as a first-time pet (Indian) grandparent. It will soon be one year to this great event in my life and I do feel like I have enough hindsight now, to describe the evolution in my thinking.

My husband and I grew up in strict vegetarian families. There was a general aversion to animals and their supposed uncleanliness – an unfounded, but strong belief. Unfounded because these ideas were certainly not from experience -most people we knew had no pets. And strong because, hey parents have to have strong beliefs about everything in our child’s presence, don’t we? It is so important for us to be the ones who have all the answers, It is so difficult for us to own up to the fact that we don’t know everything and are often stumped in the face of life events ourselves. So…

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