Against #MeToo- Rape Culture in 31 Tweets

My entire Facebook and Twitter feed is full of #metoo posts. Almost every woman on my friend list has been assaulted, harassed, or molested at some point in her life. Some of them wondered if their story was too “trivial” or “unimportant” to share. Some of them wondered yet again if what happened was indeed…

10 Books to Read before you Die

Helen Keller’s Teacher by Margaret Davidson– I read this book as a child and though I had read Helen Keller’s autobiography, the heartbreaking insight this book gave me, was priceless. This book tells you the story of a woman who made a deaf, mute, and blind girl the center of her universe. Anne Sullivan is…

Live and Become- Solomon’s Homecoming

Dusty. That’s the first word that comes to mind with the opening scene. The emaciated faces, the desperation in their eyes, the listless toddlers devoid of the boundless energy that would normally be second nature to them. It is clear that this is a scene from somewhere in Africa. The hot sun, the dusky complexion…

Potato Kugel – A Holiday Story

Cool. Not Cold. That was how her hand felt on his fevered cheeks. It was the soft touch of her delicate fingers that had wiped the tears from his eyes before anyone could see them. Before his father could see them. She had spoken of faraway things and of the wondrous sights she had seen…

3 Ways to judge Salsa in a jiffy 

Take some sawdust and chili powder. Add tomato ketchup, bits of raw onion and bits of green peppers. Season liberally (go on, don’t hold back) with salt. Viola… Salsa is ready. NOT. The popularity of Mexican cuisine is no secret. Every city in the U.S. has at least three Mexican restaurants per neighbourhood. Most Indian…

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,…