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 →

18Dec 2014

When the news of the Peshawar massacre of school children broke, I was deep into watching a political thriller called The State Within, a BBC production recommended by Jesse Kornbluth at Head Butler. It is a seven-part edge-of-seat drama which demands close attention and throws into question all the things we wish were true but Continue Reading →

11Dec 2014

The article below appeared in Commonweal – a magazine in New York for which I am a regular columnist. It’s a strange time for people with disabilities. Among the general public in most developed countries, there is more knowledge, awareness, and acceptance of disability than ever before. Technological breakthroughs have transformed what were once disabling Continue Reading →

23Nov 2014

The quote I chose to go with the photo in my high school yearbook was:  “With joy shall you go out and in peace shall you be led. Mountains and hills shall bow down before you and all the trees of the world shall clap their hands!” I was 16 years old and that’s exactly Continue Reading →

21Nov 2014

Writing at the end of a long and trying day in which our work was maligned and our integrity questioned may not be the best idea. But writing is therapy and – usually – the only way I can make sense of anything. This morning, for reasons which now elude me, I thought it would Continue Reading →