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…

March 2022 Books

“Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids” by Dr. Laura Markham is an audiobook I’ve had in my library for years but never finished. I think I started it when my first child was still a baby, but I did not feel it was applicable at the time. Fast forward six years, and things have definitely changed! I,…

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,…

Vegan(ish) Pasta Bake

We are not vegan, but I often enjoy trying new vegan recipes simply because they look delicious and are (usually) full of wholesome, nutritious ingredients. When I want to find a vegan (or vegan-ish with modifications) recipe, I usually look to Nisha at Rainbow Plant Life or Sadia at Pick Up Limes. Their websites have…

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?’…

Jane the Virgin

When I started maternity leave, I began watching “Jane the Virgin” while waiting for my baby to make her debut. Since the first season was on Netflix, it was a glorious first week of eating home cooking, relaxing on the sofa, and wondering if every little twinge or pain might be a contraction (it wasn’t!)…

Life in 2D: The Social Media Trap

This story on BBC about Essena O’Neill, a very popular Australian social media celebrity, helped me stand back once again and re-examine the effect that social media has on our lives today. A while back I posted about happiness and turning off social media, and that was quite some time before I finally closed my own…

My Favorite Cooking Shows

I love to eat. I don’t always love to cook (namely after 12 hour work shifts), so preparing delicious meals at home is unfortunately not a daily occurrence in my home. Add to the fact that I have yet to master the organizational skills it requires to meal plan and prep for dinners, and some…

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Last night my husband and I were searching for a movie to watch and I found this title on iTunes. I had never heard of it, but it seemed to have great reviews, and given my weird interest in topics around death and dying, I thought it would be an interesting movie. It ended up…

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…

Priya’s Shakti: Gender Crimes Awareness Through a Comic Book

I’ve written numerous times about India’s rape problem (here, here, here). Ever since the brutal rape and murder of Jyoti Singh Pandey in December 2012, numerous stories of rape and mistreatment of women have made it into the global media. The spotlight has been turned on India and it is still shining, slowly burning through the…

Aziz Ansari Feminism

My husband and I recently watched Aziz Ansari’s latest stand-up routine on Netflix and I have a newfound respect for this brother from another mother. I think this is actually the first stand-up of his I had seen, and it definitely makes me want to go back and watch more! I only really got to…