Browsing All posts tagged under »india«

A Tale of Gooseberries, Grief & Coping

December 12, 2016

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I walked into the Indian store at Dundas and Hurontario on a wintry Saturday afternoon last weekend. It was a regular day; Sid and I were just going about our business buying things we needed. There was bad Bollywood music playing. It was the complete NRI experience. And then bam, in the fresh fruits and […]

Of Messy, Yet Simple Things

April 2, 2016

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It was a cold winter morning, in January 2015. I woke Sid up and pleaded with him to go with me to this little shop on Dundas that sells fountain pens – you know, ink pens, like from way back. It was the day I first felt a stirring to revive the good ol’ days, or […]

When I Attempted Suicide

March 20, 2016

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Let me begin by saying, “Suicide is not a choice. It is the lack of choice or options that results in suicide.”  I can see that day clearly. I was 18 years old. The year was 2000. My mother had been sick with Young Onset Alzehimer’s for almost five years. I had barely functional family relationships. My […]

A Late Night Cab Ride in New Delhi

May 28, 2015

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I am an Indian who has been living in the West for over four years. In the last few years, I have been as enraged as my fellow country folk at the gruesome rapes being reported one after the other. In 2012, I was as deeply anguished, shocked and helpless as the women in my […]

Our Dry-Cleaning Lady

November 9, 2014

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When you move to a new place, and some of the service providers start recognizing you, you begin to feel more at home. This epiphany came to me when I went to drop off our dry-cleaning a few weeks after we moved to Toronto. The owner of this store is a pleasant South-East Asian* woman, always smiling, […]

My Mother’s Barber: Alzheimer’s Diary

October 31, 2014

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They say it takes a village to raise a child. As caregivers, we realize that it takes an entire community to deal with Alzheimer’s. Extended family members, friends, neighbors, healthcare professionals, coworkers, employers, employees, service providers like household help, etc.; a personalized universe of all these groups and more is essential to help a family […]

The Outcome of Education

December 4, 2013

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When we think about education, we immediately think about a few things – literacy, school, degrees, professions and money. If you’re somewhere in the U.S., you’ll be thinking student loans and debt as well. After all my experiences, now when I think of education, I think of quality of life, civic sense, open-mindedness, cultural sensitivity, […]

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