Coming back to the US, even after 10 years of calling this place home, is never as simple as just exiting the airport and riding a cab home. The nostalgia gets stronger on every return. Aside from the expected change to a calmer environment and the sudden absence of a…

Whether you call it a quarantine or social distancing or self isolation, there is no doubt that Covid19 has given a new meaning to what home means. As most of us hunker down in our homes, some with just ourselves and others with those we share living situations with, home…

Nana Ji’s computer still sits on the desk in my Nana-Nani’s home. Covered in a custom dust protector, the desktop monitor from the 90s sits untouched. The keyboard tray is jarred and the keyboard sits atop the table in a display of functionality. My aunt’s room, one where all the…

Dehradun, the small Indian hill-station where my paternal grandparents lived, was one of my childhood havens. Many long weekends in my childhood were spent sitting in our red family car as my father drove us from the bustling city of Delhi up to the mountains. At the time, Dehradun was…

“Look down! Don’t smile! Indian brides don’t smile!” — Bend It Like Beckham

One of my favorite movies of all time, Bend It Like Beckham was an iconic part of every South Asian girl’s youth. Not only was the movie unabashedly “desi” in its depiction of growing up in the…

Mother’s day in India is often celebrated a few times — some latch onto the US date, while others hear about the UK date. As is the case with so many Hallmark holidays today, the festival becomes an excuse for retailers and merchants to market products and services for the…

I’ve seen a love that extended a hand from the passenger’s seat to the back seat during a rough ride on some Indian back-roads. I’ve seen a love where wrinkled hands join for just a minute and an elderly lady squeezes it tight only to let it go in a…

Inadequate solutions to homesickness

Standing in the grocery aisle frantically trying to get some cell-service so I could Google a very important question: “What is heeng in English?” Many times, Google points out the very obvious matter-of-fact statement about the search referring to an Indian spice or that it has…

He wore his seasonal uniform on most winter days. Loose fitting trousers, replacing the summer kurta set. A freshly ironed pastel shirt with a rich-colored sleeveless sweater vest. His cream Pashmina shawl was always draped on his shoulders in preparation for when he would swing one end over the opposite…

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Third Culture Kid figuring out this millennial culture. Ramblings on nostalgia, “home”, traveling, food and people.

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