14Feb 2015

After 22 days of working non-stop (for three weekends in a row, I attended conferences every Saturday, every Sunday) I thought it was time for a break. I took  a day off. I called it a Mental Health Day and I didn’t go to work. What a treat. I love my job, my office, my Continue Reading →

11Feb 2015

This essay first appeared in Commonweal Magazine. Last week I held a writing workshop for some of my young colleagues in the Foundation. Although fluent in spoken English, they struggle to get their thoughts and ideas on paper. One reason they find it hard is their preference for the passive voice. Sentences written in the Continue Reading →

10Feb 2015

I saw this woman at a conference in Delhi last weekend. I was pretty sure I knew her, but I couldn’t be positive. She looked so familiar, yet something was different. I took her photo (I was photographing everyone, so it wasn’t that weird) and studied it until finally it dawned on me: It was Continue Reading →

04Feb 2015

If you could go back to the day you got the diagnosis about your child, what would you tell yourself? What do you know now that you wish you’d known then? A letter to my younger self – 25 years ago Dear Jo Jo, Buckle your seat belt. That tiny little baby you just adopted? Continue Reading →

19Jan 2015

Building a fire last night, I got an infinitesimally tiny splinter in my right hand. By morning it was swollen and red. I removed it awkwardly using my left hand to ply the needle. I could not BELIEVE that something so small could cause so much pain. But once it was out, the pain subsided Continue Reading →

16Jan 2015

Today I did a writing workshop for a small group of the Foundation’s staff. They were eager and engaged students and the session flew by. We discussed grammar, spelling and punctuation; the importance of clarity and brevity and the urgent necessity of the active voice. The active voice! It’s counter-cultural here! Most Indians, consciously or Continue Reading →

14Jan 2015

When my parents were my age (I am 56), they bought sympathy cards in bulk. Every time I visited them, they had either just gone to a funeral or were just about to go to a wake. It seemed as if everyone they knew was dying. I feel as if I have taken their place. I’ve Continue Reading →

12Jan 2015

I just listened to Death, Sex and Money – which is rapidly becoming my favorite podcast ever. This episode was on people who live alone: what they like about it, what bothers them, how much it costs – both financially and emotionally, and what it’s taught them about themselves. Anna Sale, the host and creator Continue Reading →

11Jan 2015

It doesn’t snow here in Dehradun. Our coldest day this week was 37 F (that’s a little under 3 Celsius) and with a daughter in Chicago (6 F; – 14 C) and a son in Boston (25 F; – 4 C), I know enough not to complain. Except! We live in drafty houses in Dehradun. Continue Reading →