My 2021 Audiobooks (and Actual Books!)

It’s already that time when I review the books I have listened to this year! Last year’s list was much shorter than I would like, but between having a new baby and dealing with a pandemic, free time was not in abundance ;) I haven’t read a ton of books in previous years as I…

5 Diverse Children’s Books

Growing up, none of the books I read featured Indian or South Asian characters. Nowadays, I am thrilled that there are so many options for children’s picture books and chapter books that cater to diverse readers. As I mentioned in a previous post about my favorite South Asian authors and books, introducing diversity at an…

South Asian Authors I Love

Over the last two years, I have become more intentional about reading/listening to books written by a diverse array of writers. I seek out books, new and old, written by authors of color, not only for their different perspectives and outlooks on life and the world around them, but also to show solidarity for people…

My 2020 Audiobooks

I’m posting this a bit late, clearly, but 2020 was…you know. Sadly, this list is much shorter than previous lists, but I am cutting myself some slack because, well, you know. I am hopeful that 2021’s book list will be far more robust! This book has gotten much attention in the self-help world. I thought…

My 2019 Audiobooks

This is my fourth year using Audible! I love seeing other people’s book lists, so the reason I have done these end-of-year posts is to hopefully inspire interest in the books on this list. This year, I thought I would include a list of my 5 favorites to start off with! Here are my previous…

Measles, Medicine, and Modern Ethics

The ongoing news reports of measles outbreaks in the United States and my concurrent readings for a course in Theories of Justice has gotten me thinking. A lot. I’m thinking about the undoing of medical progress and the unfortunate damage done by the now debunked Lancet study about a purported link between the MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine…

My 2018 Audiobooks

Well, it’s been months since I have posted anything, but it’s been a bit of a whirlwind! Between having baby #2, selling our home, moving to a new state, starting fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Care, and beginning to get my own health and well-being back on track, the blog had to be shifted to…

My 2017 Audiobooks

Last year was the first time I tried Audible, and I am still loving it! Though my work commutes are much shorter now, I still fit in listening to audiobooks at various times throughout the day. I have taken a break recently due to being sick, but I’m hoping to finish out my current book…

My 2016 Audiobooks

Earlier this year, my friend Annie inspired me to sign up for Audible and listen to one audiobook (or more!) per month. I am really glad I invested in this service because I love reading but have found it increasingly difficult to sit down with a good book. Over the past few years, I have…

The Book That Is Changing My Life

…is The Dirt Cure. Before I delve into that, I want to mention the other book I recently finished (on Audible): Grain Brain. I cannot even remember now where I first heard about Grain Brain, but I listened to it in full and was intrigued by its assertions. After reading more about the book and the…

Role Models for My Daughters: Mindy Kaling

“There are little Indian girls out there who look up to me, and I never want to belittle the honor of being an inspiration to them. But while I’m talking about why I’m so different, white male show runners get to talk about their art. I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’…

Dr. Abraham Verghese on the Importance of Touch

Sometime during medical school, I heard about a book about treating patients during the onset of the AIDS epidemic in America. I was surprised and delighted to learn that the author, Abraham Verghese, was Indian, and, like me, his roots were from Kerala, India. Given my deep interest in HIV medicine and Infectious Diseases at the…