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?’…

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…

Love & New Orleans

I’m finally getting to the pictures I snapped two weekends ago when we took a small family trip to New Orleans. My brother-in-law was visiting from England, so it was a first for him as well as for my parents-in-law! Last Mardi Gras season I was on the verge of utter despair at seeing everyone’s…

Preparing for “Parenthood” Withdrawal

There have been only a handful of television shows that left me feeling utterly unsure of what to do once it ended, and Parenthood is one of them. I didn’t even know much about the show until a very random mention of it by a colleague once, totally in passing at a random dinner that…

Not That Kind of Girl

I have to admit; I’ve only seen the first two or three episodes of HBO’s “Girls” starring Lena Dunham. I could not really get into the vibe of the show as it was not applicable to my own experience in my early twenties. There have been numerous articles and blog posts detailing, defending, and criticizing…

Film Review: Chef

The other night I finally got a chance to watch “Chef,” a film that combines a few of my favorite things: food, cooking, travel, and great music. I had been wanting to catch this film in theaters, but did not get a chance to view it until it became available on iTunes. Oh, trusty iTunes….