What Your Name Carries

“Names have power.”   – Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief Living in Texas, the name Rudri received much attention. In grade school, many of my teachers couldn’t pronounce my name. There would always be some unique pronunciation of my name, like Roo-Dry or...

A Design of Hope

  She sat silent in the corner. A black scarf covered the top of her head. Only a few words were exchanged. Her conversation came in the form of intricate designs on my sister’s hand. She traced the design on my sister’s skin with a henna cone and her...

Happy Diwali

The sparkler exuded different rays of blues, greens, and yellows. It was my first attempt at holding an actual firework in the palm of my hand. Very afraid of the sparks, I remember my Uncle in India telling me that it was a rite of passage for all children to...

Not Just A Bollywood Dance

My daughter is Indian. I forget this sometimes. Our primary language at home is English. When I speak Gujarati, she laughs, and says, “What language are you speaking? That sounds like what Nani’s says (her reference to my mom).”  When we watch a show or sitcom and a...

A Hindu Christmas

We are Hindus, but we have a Christmas tree in our living room. My daughter and I picked out the tree at the local store along with red and green ornaments to decorate the tree. As soon as my husband came home from work, he opened the box, stood the tree up, while I...