Heartbeat of ours

Motherhood has made my heart so fragile. When I watch Min play with other kids I am bursting with joy and still with fear. I want him to be a force of goodness, kindness and generosity; I don’t want him to ever be hurt, or hurt others. He plays with the other kids, he plays by himself. He reaches for… Read more →

PORTALS by Shared_Studios

A former colleague, Amar Bakshi contacted me recently to share a project he’s been working on for the past year. It’s a global public art initiative called Portals. Portals are big gold shipping containers with immersive audio-visual technology inside. When you enter one, you come face-to-face with someone in another Portal and can converse live, full-body, as if in the… Read more →

Book update: Outlining my toddler’s stories

I’ve got an outline for my book that’s a work in progress. This is not the norm after you’ve signed a publishing contract (your outline and manuscript are usually done first), but I’ve been lucky to have publishers that saw my vision in the early chapters I submitted and an editor who only half-irritatedly emails me like, uh, can you please… Read more →

Eat: Egg white and veggie scramble (vegetarian)

This is one of my favorite easy, make-ahead breakfasts for Min and me. It’s an egg white and veggie scramble, but you can also make it as an omelet and use the whole egg instead of whites only. Whites only. Hmm…there’s a phrase I never thought I’d type on this Web site. What you need: – Egg whites – Frozen… Read more →

A happy interim (#SisterhoodUnite)

The first time I took a trip to India, I was eleven years old. We went to visit my mom’s family and during our trip my cousins took us to the movies. While I am ethnically Indian, everything about the country and its people was new to me. And going to an Indian movie theater was an experience in itself.… Read more →

Eat: Cream of broccoli and Cashew soup (vegan, vegetarian)

Every month I get together with a couple of new moms for a girls’ night out. We met in various ways/places (story time at the library, farmer’s market, meetup.com) and over the last few months anytime I mentioned these women to other people in my life I referred to them as my “new mom friends.” But our friendships have quickly… Read more →

‘Ruh roo’ more

Me: Book Min: Dada Me: Bbbb-uhh-kkk Min: Bbbb-kkk Me: Book! Min: Dada! *** Me: Snake Min: Dada Me: Sss-nnn-aaayyy-kkk Min: Sss-nnn-kkk Me: Snake! Min: Dada! *** Me: Love you. Min: Ruh roo. Well, that’s the one that matters most. Tweet Read more →

Book update: Beware of pretty packaging

I’ve been keeping to a pretty regimented writing schedule over the last few months. With Min demanding large amounts of my day, my writing time is limited and precious. I give myself days off when I feel like I need time to regroup and some days I postpone writing to meet up with friends or run errands. But once we… Read more →

A recent reflection on old hijab

I wrapped my hair for a few years before I started wearing hijab in a more traditional style to work and social gatherings. But even after making the swap, I still pulled my hair back in a wrap when I went out for runs or to the gym. This went on for several years until one day I decided to… Read more →

Blank page(s)

We were kind of snowed in yesterday. The local news and weather anchors, along with the mayor and governor were telling us to except severe weather: lots of snow (up to twenty four inches), wind, ice and terrible roads. It was really cold, and we did get eight inches of snow, and the roads were bad, but other parts of… Read more →