The Heart of an Immigrant Writer

“The immigrant’s heart marches to the beat of two quite different drums, one from the old homeland and the other from the new. The immigrant has to bridge these two worlds, living comfortably in the new and bringing the best of his or her ancient identity and heritage to bear on life in an adoptedContinue reading “The Heart of an Immigrant Writer”

Tribute to Indian Classical Dancers

Exposed to various cultures I have been Myriad performing arts I have seen Yet when I think of unparalleled grace, The image that I conjure is the face Of a classical dancer from India immersed Into the very soul of her dance, well-versed In fluid movements and facial expressions Recounting tales from an ancient nationContinue reading “Tribute to Indian Classical Dancers”

Spiced up

All the perfumes of Arabia Will never even come close To the fragrance of Indian spices Packed in a pinch-like dose.. Memories are wrapped in spices Each spice has a unique association Emotions each spice evokes in me Causing from my present a dissociation, Transporting me to a mystical land Where food is an expression of culture PreparationContinue reading “Spiced up”

If life were a Bollywood movie…

Indians will know what I am talking about right away, but as for others, I am talking about the Indian film industry which churns out  a large number of movies every year. While the content and presentation of movies in Bollywood has changed in keeping with the changing times, some stereotypes are so quintessentially BollywoodianContinue reading “If life were a Bollywood movie…”

Always an Indian at heart- Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani

Above: Holiday lights showcasing the Taj Mahal in Philadelphia This may sound strange and duplicitous for someone who left her country to pursue greener pastures to say, but I’m going to talk about it anyway…I still consider myself deeply patriotic. Having aspired to travel the world as an ambassador from India (by joining the Indian foreignContinue reading “Always an Indian at heart- Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani”

“Holy” or “sweet”?

I was eating pasta with basil pesto sauce the other day, and was reminded of the holy basil… Now everyone is familiar with sweet basil, the one that is used in Italian cuisine. Personally, I love the flavor imparted by sweet basil, and have used it in Indian cooking too. However, in India, there is noContinue reading ““Holy” or “sweet”?”