Published: Great Writers and What They’re Reading (Interview with Hofstra Windmill Online)

Earlier this month, one of my stories, ‘Life Spring’, and an essay, ‘On Domestic Abuse and Saving Our Men’, were both published by Hofstra’s Windmill magazine, for which I am very grateful. Here’s an interview they also published, which focuses on what I read, why I read, what I recommend to others, and so on. Continue reading Published: Great Writers and What They’re Reading (Interview with Hofstra Windmill Online)

Published: On Domestic Abuse and Saving Our Men (Hofstra Windmill Online)

During my years of living and working in Silicon Valley, I met some first-generation Indian immigrant women who, despite their professional achievements, were struggling with their husbands’ anger issues, which ranged from public berating/humiliation to private beatings and more. The usual coping mechanisms for these women are to either make excuses for the men (high-stress jobs, alcohol, etc.) or to blame themselves for being somehow responsible. An Indian woman will rarely walk away from her marriage, especially if the husband is doing well professionally. Her own family is likely to view that as both her failure to hold her marriage together and her short-sightedness for her own financial wellbeing, immigrant status, etc. Additionally, as a society, we certainly do not make it easy for single women to thrive, especially if they also have to raise kids on their own. Continue reading Published: On Domestic Abuse and Saving Our Men (Hofstra Windmill Online)

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Published: Your Most Formative Literary Passages (The Atlantic)

This is not exactly a story or even a longform essay. But, I am still very proud of having The Atlantic feature my thoughts on the book/passage that had a life-changing effect on me.

I have written about Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Room of One’s Own’ before. It continues to be my guiding beacon in every major life decision. Continue reading Published: Your Most Formative Literary Passages (The Atlantic)

Published: So, You’re the Only Woman on the Panel (The Ladies Finger)

As pernicious as this problem is in Western and more-developed countries, it is a near-crisis in India. Whether at public events or on television/radio, women experts are rarely called on. And, if they do get a seat at the table, they are often interrupted, shouted down or belittled. Not that there aren’t cases of women on panels exhibiting these same behaviors towards their co-panelists, of course. But, the issue is one of gross imbalance. Continue reading Published: So, You’re the Only Woman on the Panel (The Ladies Finger)

Letter to a 7-year-old About the Magic and Power of Books

One of my sisters, a teacher, recently asked me to write a letter to a bunch of 6-8-year-old kids about why reading books is fun. I had to think about this one. I have been reading books from a very early age and it has been a daily habit like brushing teeth. For readers like me, there are many reasons why we read and what … Continue reading Letter to a 7-year-old About the Magic and Power of Books