Mental Load and Contraception: An Unjust Distribution

By now, many people have seen the “Mental Load” comic that has sparked a great deal of dialogue around gender roles in heterosexual partnerships. Our current generation is one in which both men and women in a partnership tend to work outside of the home. However, much of the burden of home and childcare still…

Breastfeeding & Pumping: A Practical Guide

I’ve been debating publicly talking about my experience with breastfeeding for a while now. After much thought, I decided to go for it because I myself found much comfort (and helpful information!) after I had my first baby through scouring the web. And by scouring the web, I mean at all hours of the day…

A (Desperately Needed) Weekend Getaway

This post is by no means a way to complain or to gloat. On the contrary, this serves as an encouragement to anyone reading to take time for yourself, to pamper yourself once in a while, and to find a way to recharge your batteries regularly. The advice to recharge was first heard during orientation…

My Thoughts on Aziz

With the recent news about Azis Ansari, I have had conflicting thoughts and emotions about “Grace’s” (name changed) account of her experience and Aziz’s response to it. I’ve read commentary on both sides of the debate, and yet more commentary toeing the line between the two sides. I think that is where the discomfort stems….

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…

Man Caves & Mom Guilt

For some weird reason, these two topics have been on my mind/coming up in conversations recently. So here is a brief discussion/rant. Enjoy, or stop reading now if you truly love the concept of man caves. And of mom guilt. Neither make sense to me. Man Caves — why? So a man, presumably married and with…

Role Models For My Daughter: Bharati Mukherjee

Today’s role model is very fitting in our current state of affairs here in the U.S. For this post, I highlight an immigrant woman. For the longest time, I had Bharati Mukherjee’s novel Jasmine on my bookshelf, sitting there, waiting to be read. I always seemed to forget about it, and more recent novels always swept…

Naturally Perfect Dolls

While eating dinner tonight, my husband and I were watching Shark Tank. Every single time we try to choose something to watch and there’s a new Shark Tank episode, it is the show I least want to watch. I don’t know why I never have the urge to watch it, but once I do, I’m…

Role Models for My Daughter: Anoushka Shankar

I try to play classical music for my daughter at least once a week (when I am home and while she’s awake anyway). I am not sure if this truly improves her brain wiring or not, but at the very least it’s relaxing and enjoyable for me too. Most of the classical music I play for…

Stand Still

How can a country be simultaneously the greatest country in the world and also need to be made great again? Our parents immigrated to this land of opportunity With dreams of success and happier lives Hopes of futures for their children That otherwise would not have existed Upon arrival, they quickly learned To work their fingers to the bone…

Role Models for My Daughter: Lupita Nyong’o

“You can’t eat beauty. It doesn’t feed you.” For the latest post in this series, I would like to feature actress Lupita Nyong’o. She is of Kenyan decent, but her Mexican name is a product of her birth in Mexico (Lupita is a shorter version of Guadalupe). She was raised in Kenya and studied in the…

Role Models for My Daughter: 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?’…