50 Things I Learnt from Star Trek

Leave your bigotry in your quarters when you report to the bridge. Every Kirk needs a Spock in order to make sane decisions in insane times. Dr. McCoy is a doctor, not a physicist. He can mend broken bones. But he cannot fix your elbow to bend both ways. Life will sometimes go at Warp…

Two Of Me

There are two of me that live inside our humble, little home. The red me; bold and fiery, alive with every beat of our heart. The white me; boring and broken, living because we must. The red me wants to pack a lifetime in each breath we take. The white me complains that even one…

Bovinity: Original Sin

In conversation with Kesari, the woman who turned into a Cow… Kesari is the queen of his heart. Strong, sturdy, fair as milk, and expensive like a diamond from Ghaziabad’s most renowned jeweler, she is everything a man could hope for– Cash cow extraordinaire. That’s Kesari for you. But she wasn’t always a cow. She was…

50 Things I miss about my Mother

The sound of her fast, purposeful gait that often sent me flying across the room to switch off the TV before she could knock at my bedroom door. The taste of her aloo paranthas, often drenched with homemade white butter. Her warm and cuddly bear hugs. Her crush on John Abraham. Her absolutely hilarious parody…

Begun Bhaja- Spicy Eggplant Fritters

When I became a vegetarian, the first thing most people said to me was “what will you eat now? Salads? Yuk!” I can understand their sentiment. All my favorite things from McDonald’s and KFC were no longer suitable for me. And eating french fries the whole time was just not an option. As an Indian,…

50 Things Harry Potter Taught Me

We are defined more by our choices and than by our circumstances. There may be a fine line between goodness and greatness, but it is there. Anyone can be brave if they are fighting for something they believe in… or for someone they love more than life itself. You don’t mess with Minerva McGonagall. You…

Celebrating Exclusion- The Question of Cultural Appropriation

I had promised myself nearly three years ago that I would not engage in inane Facebook arguments. But like an idiot, I found myself in the middle of one just this evening. The topic of the debate- Cultural Appropriation. I am a brown-skinned woman living in Trump’s America. I have experienced casual racism of varying…

Once upon a time in Punjab- Khoon Aali Chithi

“Attwadi maa di garabh ton ni aunde– Pucchin kissi attwadi nu, ohdi ki narazgi hai?” (Terrorists don’t come from their mothers’ wombs– Try asking a terrorist why he is so angry?) — My Grandmother The corpse of a young boy lies in the unruly, wild grass. His once neat turban is lying at his killer’s feet. His hair is…

Home Fries with an Indian Twist: Garlic-Mint Chutney Potatoes

Food is one of those things the love for which transcends boundaries of culture, language, and tradition. People can fight over differences in political opinion, religious dogma, positions on climate change and any number of essentially contested concepts. But every such argument can be broken up by a hot cup of tea or coffee, served…

Kashmir- An Old Man’s Dream

“Ranj se khoongar hua insaan, toh ranj mit jaata hai… Mushkilein itni padin, ke sab aasaan ho gayin…” (Man is so bloodied by all his life’s battles, that now all troubles seem like trifles…..) My grandfather was a strange man. Like all grandfathers, he was warm, cuddly, and full of stories. He loved munching on junk food with…