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Published Articles 2008 - 2015

2015
Tackling ISIS: Use Social Media! Editorial, India Currents Published on December 1, 2015
Dealing with ISIS and lessons from history


The Biggest ISIS Threat is to Muslims Worldwide Editorial, India Currents Published on November 17, 2015
Mourning the lives lost


Modi's Invisible Suit Editorial, India Currents Published on November 3, 2015
He came to Santa Clara like an Indian messiah, rose up on stage, folded his hands in humble supplication, then stood straight and tall as he let his voice ring out exhorting the jubilant, worshipful crowd to repeat phrases after him at the SAP center on a hot, packed September ...


The Big, Fat Indian American Stereotype Editorial, India Currents Published on October 1, 2015
Can only Indian American writers plumb the depths of the Indian American psyche?


It's a Dog's Life Editorial, India Currents Published on September 3, 2015
We name animals, ascribe human like qualities to them and scarcely mask the outrage when they are relegated to animal status, hunted or mistreated.


To Kill a Finch Editorial, India Currents Published on August 2, 2015
On the way our biases determine how we process information


Why a Software Engineer Becam... Editorial, India Currents Published on July 7, 2015
My name is Jaya Padmanabhan. Twenty-four out of every million people may know who I am on this planet. (That number is based on the factoid that there...


Are You One of Those? Editorial, India Currents Published on March 2, 2015
This situation gave rise to many questions in my mind. How do young men and women experience gender? How much has changed since the advent of women's rights? How should we navigate the complex currents of other, them and those, words of distance and disregard?


Freedom to Walk Away Editorial, India Currents Published on February 1, 2015
So, it's really not about eastern sensitivities or western liberalism. It is about how, as a global society, we know how to self-correct, without resorting to violence. It's about having the confidence to walk away from the bullies on our playground.


Published Articles

2014
When Do You Stop Parenting? Editorial, India Currents Published on December 2, 2014
It took that moment of consideration in my daughter's response to underscore my own resistance to their liberation.


Little Known Laureate Editorial, India Currents Published on November 2, 2014
It is people like Kailash Satyarthi, however, those silent strivers who are empowered by their own passion and persist in the face of staggering odds that too often remain a forgotten footnote in the human struggle for justice and fairness.


Who Am I? Editorial, India Currents Published on October 2, 2014
As we individualize our group memberships, are we, in fact, disapproving of those excluded?


Wave of Sadness Editorial, India Currents Published on September 2, 2014
Robin Williams' death showed us, again, that we are all vulnerable.


The Heart of India Editorial, India Currents Published on August 2, 2014
It is not the conditions of India that define the country. It is its people.


Teachers - The Best Of Us? Editorial, India Currents Published on July 2, 2014
Lee Iacocca once said: "In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less." If teacher tenure is struck off the list, we are increasing the likelihood of a shrinking pool of talented educators.


How Jay-Z Trumped Modi Editorial, India Currents Published on June 3, 2014
Television news arbiters have extrapolated that an "in-depth" discussion of a kick aimed at Jay-Z's nether parts is so much more relevant than the coverage of the "world's biggest" peaceful democratic exercise. It's time to change that channel, America!


Bock's Analysis Editorial, India Currents Published on May 2, 2014
The barrier to success in creative disciplines is much higher and it may be that that's what Bock is getting at.


Are Anti-Tech Protests in San... Editorial, India Currents Published on April 15, 2014
No, the protests are not justified San Francisco, long known as a liberal bastion that embraces people and cultures from around the world, has unfortunately had trouble accepting the


Passion and Paranoia Editorial, India Currents Published on April 2, 2014
How do you write?


Freedom Subtracted Editorial, India Currents Published on March 3, 2014
Freedom should not be a commodity that is easily subtracted from the equation when the economics don't add up.


A Fly in the Government Ointment Editorial Published on February 2, 2014


Published Articles

2013
Auntie, Have I Met You Before? Commentary Published on December 10, 2013
Why is it necessary to address women older than you as auntie?


Nelson Mandela Editorial, India Currents Published on December 6, 2013
A man who belonged to the world (1918-2013)


My Recipe Book Editorial, India Currents Published on December 2, 2013
Story of a recipe book


Compromise: The Dirty Word in Marriage and Politics Editorial, India Currents Published on November 3, 2013
The truth about compromise is that it rarely works


I Am Beautiful, No Matter What They Say Editorial, India Currents Published on October 29, 2013


Her Red Lipstick Editorial, India Currents Published on September 2, 2013
Huma Abedin's red lipstick


Way Too Low Editorial, India Currents Published on August 5, 2013
How we deal with the common practice of mis-pronunciation


Reading Pleasures India Currents Published on August 4, 2013
AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khalid Hosseini. Published by Riverhead Hardcover. May 2013. $13.38. 416 pages. Hardcover and Kindle editions available. An emotionally complex story about the chain of...


The Risky Road
Jaya Padmanabhan, Vidya Pradhan Cover story Published on August 1, 2013
Small business challenges


Chicken Little Intervention Editorial, India Currents Published on July 1, 2013
U.S. intervention in Syria could complicate politics in the Middle-East


Trust with Limits Editorial, India Currents Published on May 2, 2013
How much should we trust our children to do the right thing?


Sandberged and Prototyped Editorial, India Currents Published on April 2, 2013
A letter to Sheryl Sandberg


Private Access, Public Domain Editorial, India Currents Published March 2013
Do Google and Facebook have the right to surreptitiously access our private lists?


The Shadows of Twelve Million Editorial, India Currents Published February 2013
A commentary on Immigration Reform



Published Articles

2012
How Amma Got Mommied, Mommed, Mothered and Ammaed Again Editorial, India Currents Published December 2012
The names we give ourselves and what they mean to us


My Father and his Sixty Books Editorial, India Currents Published December 1, 2012
My father was known to be careful with money. Yet I recall his one thrilling, flamboyant gesture of extravagance. It was the time he walked into College Street


Sweet Are the Uses of Adversity Editorial, India Currents Published November 2012
Adversity is a great teacher


Under the Guise of Art Editorial, India Currents Published October 2012
About the video that was initially purported to cause American deaths in Libya


The Hero in Us Editorial, India Currents Published September 2012
Is there a pervasive stereotype associated with guns?


By Reason of Insanity Editorial, India Currents Published August 2012
Is James Holmes, the Colorado shooter, going to get away by reason of insanity?


The Niceness Index Editorial, India Currents Published July 2012
Is the niceness factor linked to the food we eat?


Unchecked Editorial, India Currents Published June 2012
Is Race and Ethnicity really an optional box to check when college admissions counselors are expected to manage the diversity of their classrooms?


Do You Work? Editorial, India Currents Published May 2012
An awkward question at best


Conscience Calls Editorial, India Currents Published April 2012
The Dharun Ravi case deconstructed


Published Articles

2011
The Year of the People India Currents Cover story Published on December 2, 2011
On October 17, 2011, at a Palo Alto residence, a few executives, industrialists and entrepreneurs-turned-volunteers met with Prashanth Bhushan, the lawyer/activist member of Team Anna. Bhushan, a slight figure with an air of intensity, sat in the middle of the room and was quiet for the first half hour ...


Publicly Private India Currents Feature Published October 2011
Deciding on a public vs private school is like choosing between a Prius and a Porsche - a parent makes a tricky choice


Mustard Seeds India Currents Published September 8, 2011
Fire is like a Fibonacci sequence. It spirals into infinity, if left unchecked. It's a function of fate, a sequence of life. F(n) = F(n-1) + F(n-2)


The American Dream? India Currents Cover story Published September 2011
Four out of every 1,000 homes in California face foreclosure. Despite its status as a "model minority," the India American community has its share of victims in this housing crisis


Banning Books India Currents Cover story Published June 2011
Books have been banned for a variety of reasons: politics, religion, ideology, and even prurience. Does it ever work?


The State of The World India Currents Feature Published February 2011
Where is the leader who will step and deliver the right message for these troubled times?


Khan Academy India Currents Feature Published January 2011
Driven by a passion for education, Salman Khan tackles inequalities in the education system.


Published Articles

2010
A Heavy Load India Currents Feature Published December 2010
Diesel regulations and their effect on the South Asian trucking industry


Mango Tree India Currents Published October 18, 2010
I am like a mango tree!" Da exclaims. His arms spread wide and his fingers extend out. I look down for that familiar crooked jagged line at the...


Autumn Blues India Currents Cover story Published August 2010
Indian seniors immigrating to the United States face the challenge of acculturation while dealing with issues of aging


Sign Before You Speak India Currents Feature Published April 2010
Can babies learn sign language?


Play Time India Currents Feature Published April 2010
Drama and Role-play help special needs kids with social skills


Par for the Mid-Life Course India Currents Feature Published January 2010
Is golf the answer to your mid-life crisis?.


Published Articles

2009
Telling Your Tale India Currents Feature Published September 2009
Sushmita Mazumdar revives the lost art of handmade books


Nerkle, Nerd and a Seersucker Too India Currents Feature Published August 2009
Does Indian = Nerd?


Put Your Heart into It India Currents Published March 1, 2009
"Mr. Mahal, you've just had a heart attack." Manmohan S. Mahal was just 34 years old when he heard those dire words....


Published Articles

2008
Neyyappams India Currents Published September 8, 2008
"Sankar, wake up, wake up." The boy woke up blearily and stared at the face of his oldest brother, Kannan. "You have to go and tell Father that"....

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