PERSPECTIVES

Amitav Ghosh’s ‘Smoke and Ashes’ is An Excursion Into the Making of the Wealth of Nations

At the South Asian Literature and Arts festival in Menlo Park, California, late last year,…

Flying Back to Bengaluru in Bharat to Participate in the World’s Largest Festival of Democracy

Amidst the bustling city of Bengaluru, I had the euphoric experience of participating in what…

How American Campus Uprisings are Fueling Global Solidarity With Pro-Palestinian Movement

The luminescent rainbow sparks of the spontaneous, eclectic and sublime fire of youthful rebellion has…

‘Zone of Interest’: We Can Critically Debate Geopolitics, But Can We Agree That Innocent People Should Not Die?

I’ve been putting off watching Jonathan Glazer’s “Zone of Interest” because of how real it…

From Tinder to Bumble and Beyond: What I Learned From Dabbling in Dating Algorithms and the App World

“Did you know he’s already married with two kids?” “What? No way!” “Yeah, he’s a…

‘Holi Against Hindutva’: A Cautionary Tale Against Appropriation of Hindu Festivals for Political Purposes

The festival of Holi – also known as Phagwa in Bhojpuri-speaking and Hindu Caribbean communities…

Restaurant Review: Celebrating My Birthday Weekend During SanDai’s First Anniversary in Walnut Creek, Calif.

I recently celebrated my birthday weekend at Kopi Bar and SanDai, which coincided with its…

Remember Hind Rajab: From Gaza to Columbia, the Spirit of Vietnam Lives On

“Give Flowers to the Rebels who Failed!”(Graffiti, Sorbonne. France. May 1968, students’ uprising.) It’s just…

Comedy of Errors: ’Laapataa Ladies’ Struggles With Caste Dynamics in Its Depiction of Village Life in India

“Laapataa Ladies” (Lost Ladies) is set in the fictional Indian state of Nirmal Pradesh, where…

Vertical Limit: What Middle-Aged Desis Ready to Take Off to the Himalayas Should Know About High-Altitude Trekking

As the altimeter began to register well beyond 13,000 feet in the Langtang National Park…

Walking With My Mom: Learning the Virtues of Random But Deliberate Acts of Patience and Care

Patience is a virtue, we hear growing up but putting it into practice is a…

‘Monkey Man’ Not Only Effaces ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Image of India But Also Challenges Rising Chauvinistic Forces

Fifteen years after Dev Patel was introduced to global audiences as Jamal Malik in “Slumdog…