What Diwali Means to Me

What Diwali Means to Me

Diwali, one of the biggest and brightest of Indian festivals, is celebrated across India and the diaspora. From a beloved author of diverse, best-selling novels comes a heartwarming essay: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni vividly recalls how past Diwali celebrations have touched her in different ways through the years and inquires into the stories and truths embedded in this festival of fun, food, and fireworks. This is followed by a review of her new novel, The Forest of Enchantments, and an excerpt showing why Sita decided to write her own version of the Ramayana. When the sage and scribe Valmiki shows his Ramayana to Sita, the queen gives him some unexpected feedback: “You haven’t understood a woman’s life.” Divakaruni’s version wins high marks because it highlights the problems with Rama’s strict “dharma at all costs” philosophy. Sita is a product of her time and place, but her struggles resonate with women (and men) even today. Read more »

Feature: The Search for a Master Watchmaker

THE MYSTERY OF CLOCKS AND TIME. In his quest for a master watchmaker to mend a precious heirloom, a man travels from the U.S. to the alleys of Old Delhi, to find the one man who can fulfill his dream. Read more »

Tribute: Gandhi, Timeless at 150

GANDHI's 150TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY. As parochialism, cynicism, and violence rise and values fall, Gandhi's grandson, scholar Rajmohan Gandhi, talks to our former Satyalogue columnist, author of his own Gandhian book. Read more »

Interview: Artfully Done

AN INTERVIEW WITH MIRA JACOB. Jacob shares her thoughts on her candid graphic memoir Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, and the challenges of interracial relationships. Read more »

The Kashmir Conundrum Is Now a Hornet’s Nest

When it comes to India’s approach towards Kashmir, what matters is, where do Kashmiris themselves stand? A forceful occupation would prove India’s democracy a sham, and may ensnare for decades. Read more »

Letters from Readers

Memories of Mumbai Railways / Cinema: 3 Idiots and beyond / Kashmir: Repealing article 370 Read more »

Your Extended Care Strategy

Are you prepared for the possibility—and expense—of eldercare? Do you have an extra $33,000 to $100,000 to spare this year? How about next year, and the year after that? Probably not, so consider this. Read more »

Should You Make Your Employee Your Partner?

Employers, especially in smaller and mid-size companies, are finding challenges to retain good employees. Bringing in one or more employees as an owner can provide that additional benefit. Read more »

Health: Fad diets aren’t the solution— what’s better?

HOW TO BE SLIM AND TRIM THIS SUMMER: Faddish diets are not the solution for losing weight and staying fit, but there are other ways to do it. Why Keto, Paleo, and other fad diets are not magic pills. Read more »

Immigration News Briefs

Gathering social media information / Registration fee for for petition / Reopening pending deferral requests / APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES, DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS - October 2019 Read more »

Ranbir, Alia set to unite in holy matrimony?

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are back from a Kenya vacation, and Ranbir's parents are back in Mumbai after his father's cancer treatment in New York. Earlier, Ranbir and Alia were at a party... Read more »


P. V. Sindhu is the first Indian to win a gold medal at the BWF World Championships, badminton. She already had won two silver and two bronze at World. She's also an Olympic silver medalist. Read more »

Arul’s wireless network to cover metro Atlanta

Aditya Arul, an Atlanta 6th grader, has founded a company, Emrit, that will provide a peer-to-peer wireless network to track small devices at lower tariffs than what wireless telcos now offer. Read more »


Briefs / MOON MISSION / INTENSE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY / BOOK MATTERS: Nina Soni, Former Best Friend; The Anarchy: The East India Company, ... ; Count Me In; The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh Read more »

The Youth Whisperer

Nandini Bajpai has received rave reviews for her novels, a hybrid of both desi and American experiences. She writes for young adults. Her latest novel is called "A Match Made in Mehendi." Read more »

How to Create a Peaceful and Equal World

Never look up to anyone; never look down on anyone. Never look up to anything; never look down on anything. Look at everything the way it is. If you and I are peaceful, the world will be peaceful. Read more »






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