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My Wife Hates That I Am Close to My Mother

It is true that South Asian sons get coddled to the moon and back by their mothers. I was no different. Add to this that I was the only child in my family, and you can imagine how much love my mother gave me growing up. I had all the coolest toys, the best video games, and most importantly I remember my…

I Love Being The Perfect Wife.

I’m constantly told by my peers and colleagues, especially the female ones, that I am not like them. They tell me I am from their mothers’ and sometimes grandmothers’ eras. Some snippets from my daily conversations with my friends include: “Wow, your husband must adore you”. He does. “You are too sweet. You make him chai every day?” Yes, I do. I…

I’m Indian American, but I Hate my Homeland

Desi Impostor Syndrome

Hate is a strong word. I don’t hate my homeland completely. I just really have an awful time every time I am there. It’s so bad, I don’t really want to go back anymore. I grew up totally American (All American, as I like to say). I was born and raised in San Jose, California. For those readers who have never been…

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3 Things I Wish I Could Share With My Late Nani

Daughter Loves Grandma

My Nani was a special woman. Yes, she shared many traits you’d associate with the typical Indian grandmother. She loved to cook, loved to take care of my Nanaji, and loved to dress up for weddings. But she also had a fiery independent side that came out in the way she raised her kids, with discipline, with guidance from the highest education…

My Family Accepted My Brother’s Caucasian Wife. They Gave Me a Hard Time for Dating a Caucasian Man.

The day my brother first introduced Linda to my Bangladeshi parents, I remember my mother anxiously jittering around the living room before their arrival, making sure every little aspect of the house was how she wanted it to appear. The table was set elegantly with her finest china. Halwas were thinly sliced in perfect geometric symmetry. The sweet scent of freshly fried…

Life As A Crypto-Holic

Like so many others my life was upended during the pandemic. I was an international university student living in California and when the pandemic hit. I was just about to graduate. Unlike so many other international students who went back to their home countries after the universities allowed students to take online courses, I was not able to go back to my…