How I did on last year’s resolutions and my new year’s resolutions for 2019

I made some New Year’s Resolutions last year (2018) that were important to me. Here’s how I did on them.   Read more poetry – WORKING ON IT. Recently I’ve been enjoying the excellent collection called Typists Play Monopoly by my writing teacher from San Francisco, Kathleen McClung. I’ve read poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke,…

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The immigrant experience – from scarcity to having choices

You know that feeling of terror when you first land in America as an immigrant? The feeling of “how am I going to feed my family when I don’t know the language or the culture or the ways things work here?” The feeling of “I don’t know how much things cost or how to buy…

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What happens at Indian weddings when you’re a single woman in your 40s

You go shopping at Indian stores for wedding-worthy shalwar-kameezes, lengas, garrarras, embroidered cigarette pants or whatever’s in vogue in the moment. You sustain comments from the shop aunties about how you won’t fit into the outfit you’ve chosen. You realize you’re too old to do a choreographed dance to perform at the wedding like you…

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Eids, Birthdays and Traditions

The smell of biryani fills the air in my parent’s house. Soon we’ll take it out of the oven and mix the masala and chicken on the bottom with the Basmati rice on top. Tired from the frantic morning rushing to Eid prayer at the Phoenix Convention Center and the long day of cooking before,…

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A Letter to Farrokh Bulsara

Dear Farrokh, You and I share so much of our cultural heritage that it’s almost laughable. Your parents were Parsi (ethnic Persians) Zoroastrians from Gujrat and my parents are Muslims from Gujrat. Your family lived in Zanzibar and my dad was born in Zanzibar, in fact, he was born in the exact same district that…

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