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….

I’m not crazy for not liking football after all

Football season fast approaches, and while the majority (I assume) of Americans are feeling the electric hum of anticipation, getting their favorite jerseys out, planning Sunday football viewing parties, gearing up for tailgating, and stocking up on plenty of beer and snacks in preparation for the next few months of football obsession, I feel the…

Summer Snapshots

As August is nearly halfway over and summertime comes to an end, I wanted to share some fun photographs of things we saw, tasted, heard, and enjoyed this season. Overall the weather this year was what I consider perfect (even for someone who loves rain, last summer’s daily showers and downpours made the season almost…

Film Review: The Lunchbox

Several months ago I had written about my excitement over a new Indian film called The Lunchbox. It was just about to make its way into U.S. theaters, and I was scouring the web to see if it would be playing in my city. Being a smaller city, it unfortunately did not have any showtimes,…

Jazz Fest: This is My Heaven

Oh, New Orleans! This is our first visit back since moving away last June. I have loved vicariously through friends’ photos, group texts, and stories about their experiences at the many festivals since then. Mardi Grad was especially hard to miss since it had been a cornerstone of my memories for the past three years….

Hungry for “The Lunchbox”

We’ve all heard the phrase, “A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” I’d argue that this applies to anyone with a great appetite for delicious food, myself included! There is a new Indian film very recently released in the U.S. that uses this idea as a starting point for a blossoming love…

Why “Ugly Betty” Warms My Soul

Ugly Betty first aired in 2006, but I did not start watching it until around 2008 when a friend lent me her season 1 DVD set. Like most television shows, I had only seen an episode here or there, being unable to commit to a weekly ritual (a combination of being in school and not…

Turning Off Social Media: Why Happiness Depends on It

The other day, an old Alanis Morissette song came on the radio and I was reminded of my childhood neighbor, Ashley. Ashley and I had spent hours listening to Alanis’ first album. I got to thinking how Ashley was the one girl on my street who treated me as a true friend; her being Jewish…

For the first time ever, Miss America matters to me

Since Monday morning, I have been taking in the positive and negative feedback towards Nina Davuluri’s winning of the 2014 Miss America crown and $50,000 scholarship. Ms. Davuluri is the first Indian American (not to be confused with American Indian, aka Native American) woman to win the title of her state, New York, and the…