Our Trip to Singapore

We celebrated out 10th wedding anniversary this July! To commemorate this milestone, and to resurrect our pandemic-squashed travel bug, we planned a trip to Singapore! Ever since our honeymoon when we visited Thailand, we knew Asia would be a favorite travel destination. From the food to the culture, there is so much to see and…

The American Nightmare

The American Nightmare The American nightmareWhere children are murdered in their classroomsWhile the police wait outsideWhere black and brown people are murdered in broad daylightby police pointing guns at their backs and up-stretched armsWhere women are forced to birth children they cannot raiseMother and child fall deeper into chasms of inescapable povertyWhile rich white politicians…

April 2022 Books

April was a slower month for me in terms of getting through books. I began re-reading “The Far Field” by Madhuri Vijay for a book club; I previously listened to the audiobook and have spoken about it here and here. I loved this book! Reading it again has been nice in allowing me to soak…

Dr. Paul Farmer: Honoring a Legend

I first learned about Dr. Paul Farmer in college during a Public Health and Medical Ethics course. We read multiple excerpts from his various books along with the biography, Mountains Beyond Mountains, of this world-renowned figure in Global Health. His important contributions to medicine and people in poverty-stricken countries are innumerable. Dr. Farmer served as…

Bridgerton & Breaking Down Indian Colorism

Television and movies have exploded in terms of representation for minorities, especially for those like me of South Asian background. Never in my childhood would I have dreamed that I would see so many famous South Asian characters on regular, everyday TV! Not only did I not think this was a possibility as a child,…

February 2022 Books

I only got through two books in February: one audiobook and one hard cover. However, both of these books were well worth the time it took to finish them. Both took the full 28 days to get through, and oh were they incredible! Without further ado… Clocking in at 32 hours and 51 minutes, this…

Role Models for My Daughters: Leena Nair

This week, luxury brand Chanel announced that Leena Nair would become its new global CEO. This is huge news, since Nair is only the second woman of Indian origin to become a corporation’s global CEO (the first being Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo). Nair was born in the Indian state of Maharashtra where she studied Engineering…

Teaching Kids About Thanksgiving

November is National Native American Heritage Month! I wish I could say I knew this before last Thursday, but a recent incident led me to this realization which I want to discuss further here. I thought hard about whether I would address this topic on my blog, but ultimately I felt a duty to address…

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…

Role Models for My Daughters: Sunisa Lee

This is a too-long-delayed “role models” post! I’m picking this series back up by highlighting an amazingly talented young woman, Sunisa Lee. I never knew who the Hmong people were until my first day of freshman year in college. That’s when I met my dear friend Kou who has been a pillar of friendship for…

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 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…