A friend of mine just posted this on my Facebook page. It’s a set of toys that connect to a digital game on phones or pads and it’s all based on The Ramayana! The concept is very similar to my favorite video game: Skylanders. It’s another toy that comes to life in a video game. Though that game is designed for kids in the single digits, I’ve been enjoying it for several years. The Gamaya game takes that fun concept and… Read more

Brad and I have spent a lot of time planning and discussing how we want to raise our son (perhaps me a bit more than him with the research and obsessing!) All the while I realize that things never go according to plan. I am reminded of the saying of (apparently) Helmuth von Moltke who said “No battle plan survives contact with the enemy” (thanks to my friend Jeramy for introducing me to this saying). I realize that sounds like I’m… Read more

In a world of social justice and discussion of cultural misappropriation, this is a subject that has been weighing on my mind for a while. One of the common complaints that people of color have against white people is that white people’s voices are louder and heard more than theirs. That our opinions are valued more and paid attention to more. That our thoughts are considered more valid even when speaking about something that is in the culture and history… Read more

I’ve been trying to learn Hindi for a very long time now. I feel ashamed that I’m not further along but I guess part of it is that I compare myself to the end goal of fluency rather than looking back at how far I’ve come. I’ve made progress, slow though it has been. And right now all I can see is how much more I have to learn. It’s tough but the fact is that I love Hindi and… Read more

I hate when blogs do this but I’m going to start with an apology! I’ve clearly been struggling to keep up with my writing and I feel deeply guilty about that. I think about you guys every day and try to get myself to the computer. But I’ve been having a lot of trouble with low energy. I’m fine and the pregnancy is good but it’s still challenging and I had no idea how hard it was going to be… Read more

I had this idea the other day and I hope that I’m able to put it into words because it’s kind of hard to explain. I was talking to Brad about my guru and the experience of being in his presence. Then I told him about how when my friend did energy work on me she said she felt a strong connection between the guru and me. That surprised me since I don’t know if he even recognizes me one trip… Read more

I’ve discovered that sometimes when people talk about the challenges of pregnancy they get told to shut up and be grateful. “At least you can get pregnant. Count your blessings. Some people are infertile.” I think that’s tremendously unfair. I am one of those people who has dealt with infertility and it was very crushing to me. But just because people speak honestly about the difficulties that exist in pregnancy it doesn’t mean that they are not grateful to be… Read more

Suddenly there’s a bunch of new options for Americans to see people of Indian origin on TV! It’s not just TV, either. Indians and Americans of Indian ethnicity are making themselves heard and I love it. TV Master of None (on Netflix): Aziz Ansari plays Dev, an Indian-American actor. It’s hilarious and my favorite episode is the one about his parents and his friend’s parents. Ansari cast his real mother and father and they bring so much heart to it… Read more

Sharon Maas reached out to me to share this retelling of The Mahabharata that she has created. It is called Sons of Gods and is available at Amazon. Reviews praise this version as being a good way to get introduced to what can be a very complicated and confusing story! Ms. Maas also agreed to answer some questions about it for me. Here is her interview…   1) Tell us a little about your background. How did you discover The… Read more

It’s interesting to notice that if we had no expectations for the future then we would never be disappointed. I wonder if enlightened people living purely in the present moment experience bliss in part because there is nothing for them to feel disappointment over. I also wonder if it even makes sense for that to be a goal. It seems rather inhuman to not place expectation and hope in the future. For example I think death of a loved one… Read more

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