Posts Tagged ‘ culture ’

Settling the dahi gender debate

homemade yogurt

We’ve had a raging debate in our house for years about the gender of dahi (yogurt). Today I take this domestic dispute to a public forum and ask native Hindi speakers to weigh in. Dahi hota hai ya dahi hoti hai?
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Mansi asks: Do you believe what goes around comes around?

throw boomerang

Is karma or the notion of reaping what you sow in this lifetime just a fallacy?
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Living with Disabilities — the conclusion

Walk in shoes

When I started researching my discomfort with disabilities, my approach was laden with assumptions, stereotypes and prejudices. As I waded through texts on disability studies, I began to realize the complexity and depth of the issues involved. But it was meeting and talking with people that brought the issues to life. Books analyzed the…
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Living with Disabilities — Part 4

apples and oranges

Now that you’ve read Part1 — my difficulty dealing with the idea of having a disabled child (which really was about my issues with disabilities); Part 2 — Nancy’s journey of adapting to a life on a wheelchair; and Part 3 — Bette’s constant struggle with diabetes, here is a look at some other…
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Living with Disabilities — Part 3

diabetes prick

Read Part 1 and Part 2 before continuing this non-fiction account of these two women who showed me what it’s like to live a disabled life surrounded by “normal” people. —————— The “milder” disability Bette is a singer and songwriter, a registered nurse, a mother of three, and a music therapy student. She is…
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Living with Disabilities — Part 2


Read part 1 of this non-fiction account here, then get a cup of tea or coffee and cozy up with your preferred mobile or desktop device. This isn’t going to be one of those fast reads. ———- First Encounters The first time I saw Nancy standing was when I attended her physical therapy class….
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Living with Disabilities: Exploring the Self and the Other


Today, I share with you the introduction to a story I wrote in 2004 about two women disabled in very different ways … one a diabetic and the other a paralyzed stroke victim. Part 1 is not so much their story as mine…in the next three days, I will take you on their journeys…
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Why do women wear heels?


Would you wear something that hurts you? I mean, literally causes you physical pain … Day in and day out? Over and over? Would you recognize it’s because of peer pressure and curse all your colleagues and friends who suffer in silence, but still carry on? Would you heave a sigh of relief at…
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The last meal

Matar Paratha

It’s no secret that I am a foodie. I enjoy the aromas, the texture, the combinations, the colors, the tastes, the variety of ingredients. I am amazed by how cultures interpret different food items and how each section of society has a different way of cooking the same veggies. I don’t live to eat,…
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What do you believe?


Recently I was interviewed by a high school student for a class assignment. His topic was Religion: Creed, Community, Calling and he asked me a lot of questions pertaining to my upbringing, my exposure to religion, my parent’s views, and my own beliefs. In telling him how I’ve come to an agnostic standpoint, I…
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