Teaching a Pessimist to Pray

Hal the Owl Be Your Name When I was young, my mom recited the Lord’s Prayer before bed regularly. I would keep my eyes shut and obediently repeat after her, “Hal the Owl be your name.” Why did Jesus like owls so much? I wasn’t quite sure but I didn’t question it. Prayer was this […]

Dear White Supremacist

Dear White Supremacist, Do you think we would ever sit at a table and share a meal together? Would we ever share our stories, fears, thoughts and opinions with each other? Would we look into each other’s eyes, and see our own reflections? Do we belong to each other? I’ve been wondering this for a […]

Teach Me How to Age Well

To the women in my life, Please don’t be afraid of aging. I know you’re weary of stretch marks and wrinkled skin and saggy boobs. I know you strategically drape your sarees to cover your belly, and constantly keep checking to see if your shirt covers your flabby arms. I see you restocking products that […]

Learning to Say Goodbye

I hate graduations. I hate long, boring speeches. I hate masses of loud and enthusiastic friends and family. I hate obligatory photos. I hate it all. I tried to weasel out of my graduation couple of years ago. However, my family objected. My friends who were first-generation graduates shared with me their stories, explained the […]

Finding Woman

Dress Up When I was young, I used to slip into my mom’s high heels, clumsily put on her lipstick and wrap a towel around my head to pretend I had long hair. I’d stand on top of the treadmill and pretend to teach a classroom full of invisible children. The powerful women I noticed […]