Tag: India

Family Stories

a page from my mother’s photo album   Family Stories While I was writing my memoir, Mamaji, I began the task of chronicling old family stories in order to write about my past. During this process, I reviewed old family photos and was fascinated with the story each one of them told. They are highly stylized—the

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Jaipur Literature Festival

The Jaipur Literature Festival takes place every winter.  It has grown from its conception in 2006, with only 14 visitors, into the current, “Greatest Literary Show in South Asia.”  This year there were over 300 authors from around the world, 150 poets, musicians and performers, with 150,000 visitors in attendance. The JLF lineup of presenters

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Hum Do, Hamre Do (We Two, Ours Two)

I just returned from a two week trip to India.  Unfortunately the weather was not at all in our favor—it rained almost every day, except for maybe four days.  But when it rains in India, the locals don’t cower inside or cancel their plans for the day as we do here in the US.  They

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Blood Diamond Jubilee

Yes, it’s time once again for me to sharpen my claws on the British royal family. The queen’s celebration of the 60th year she has been allowed to keep her “job,” has once again prompted me to comment on the amazing audacity of the British royal family, and to wonder why, oh, why does the

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Final Farewell

My mother's Day card from my son Samuel

Yesterday, moms in America were honored by the celebration of Mother’s Day, a holiday established by Anna Jarvis in 1912. What I love about this holiday is that it celebrates the significance of mothers and their contribution to a strong family unit. Women all over the country were celebrated and honored by their families. On

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Is She Fair?

Every time I visit India, I meet someone who thinks it’s important to tell me that I should avoid the sun and not allow my skin to tan. “You should be careful, you’re losing your color,” they’ll warn me. The desire for lighter skin is a disease that has infected not only India but the

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What My Friends Thought about India…

A reader suggested that I post my friends’ thoughts from our trip to India.  I’ve given a brief bio of each writer, just so you have an idea of their perspective.  This is a long post, with five different viewpoints: Annette–has lived and traveled to many countries before and is a seasoned traveler, but first time to

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