Children’s Day

National Child Day is celebrated on November 20 by most countries. India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was very fond of children and in the 1950s dedicated his birthday, November 14 as Children’s Day to emphasize the need to care for, educate and protect children. Kids affectionately addressed him as “Chacha” (Uncle, typically father’s younger …

Homing in

Homing pigeons must provide a cue to us immigrants. These birds have an innate ability to find their way back home over long distances. Or, perhaps just like salmon – that, having migrated to the ocean, travel back to the riverbed where they were spawned – we immigrants retain a latent urge (in Hindi we …

Photographic memory

There was a time when shopping for a product we would “Let our fingers do the walking”, as popularized in this famous British Telecom advertisement for Yellow Pages from the 1980s. The process of searching for a product, the visits to different retailers for inspecting the quality of goods before selecting and eventually buying an …

Squirrelling around

Out for a walk on a crisp Fall morning this week, my attention was drawn to the large number of squirrels that have taken over the neighborhood streets. I see plump black ones suddenly stopping to stand erect on their hind legs, clutching and ravenously nibbling on a tidbit tightly clasped in their front paws, …

Indian Summer

Earlier this week there were a few days when it felt like we had gone back to summer. In fact, as we stepped out into a balmy 30+ degrees C evening at the conclusion of our yoga class our instructor (who is from India) quipped, “My Italian neighbor told me today that we are experiencing …

Theory of Happiness

Albert Einstein is famous for his Theory of Relativity, but he is also credited with other milestone works – including some that my readers might not be readily familiar with – like his views on happiness and success. In 1922, while on a talking tour in Japan, Einstein learned that he was being awarded the …

Refuge seekers

Merriam-Webster dictionary helped me better understand the following terms, which everyone seems to use interchangeably and without distinction these days: Refugee:  one that flees especially: a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution Immigrant: a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence a plant or …