Vinayaka Chaviti 2021

Vinayaka Chaviti or Ganesh Chaturthi has been more significant this year than previous for a few reasons. My mother made ‘undrallu’, steamed, coarsely ground rice-flour balls for the first time in the United States and I made a nearly healthy version of ‘payasam’ with coconut sugar to enable guilt free food festivities. And felt countless instilledContinue reading “Vinayaka Chaviti 2021”

Telugu Language Day

Today and every year on August 29th, Telugu Language Day memorializing a “Day of the Telugu Language” is celebrated across the world amongst those that speak Telugu and that are of Telugu origin. This date was picked to correspond with the birthday of a Telugu poet Gidugu Venkata Ramamurthy. And despite the multiple dialects, thisContinue reading “Telugu Language Day”

I’m not lost

This might be an unfair post. It is so because it has a lot of ifs. And a tribulation that hasn’t left my side for the last 15 months. There are so many questions that are still unanswered. Call it an obsession or optimism, but every moment awaiting for good news feels forever. Life stillContinue reading “I’m not lost”

Winning the South Asian Vote

In an urge to be of service to my ‘karmabhoomi’, I have been finding my way to the grassroots. Thanks to the many opportunities provided by friends, the journey has been mind-boggling. No matter how anyone may look at the political inclinations of South Asians, bottom line is of quintessence. If those that are runningContinue reading “Winning the South Asian Vote”

Eve-Teasing – Assault of Another Name

It was always my fault. I wore full sleeves and was covered head to toe barring few instances of wearing long skirts, jeans and T-shirt. My freedom as a girl was confined to my expressions through my eyes and speech. My father was also increasingly conservative, not because he is one but he feared thatContinue reading “Eve-Teasing – Assault of Another Name”

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

It is not easy to raise a child. There is no good parenting or bad in that case. And there are hundreds of books written for the uninitiated. But when it comes to raising an elder there are few. We have to rely on our sensibilities, empathy and situational awareness. For those who are tryingContinue reading “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day”