Kondo-ing in time for Spring

Spring-cleaning. It is always something I look forward to as the season finally approaches on the East Coast. I’m not a huge fan of winter or cold weather. So with spring comes a natural skip in my step and lift in my spirits. Once spring rolls around, I usually do a big spring cleaning. This…

Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo [Video]

My heart is in a million pieces this morning.  Breaking down over a poem I have heard so many times before. The ghazal, Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo, is something most Pakistanis have grown up hearing.  And most often, it is the version sung by the legendary Farida Khanum we are familiar with.  It’s a…

Disgraced: A Confirmation Fantasy

Photo Credit: Liz Lauren (Chicago Sun-Times) Over the past weekend, I attended a performance of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer winning play, Disgraced, at the Goodman Theatre.  Given the acclaim and the premise of the play, I was intrigued and had been wanting to see it for quite some time. So I was thrilled when it returned…

I Need a Hero (Like Me)

Irene Adler, the only woman to ever outsmart Sherlock Holmes was the first fictional character to ever grab my attention.  Her daring and cunning to take on the most clever of men was inspirational, and aspirational, for a fifth grader.  Middle school introduced me to the driven, though deeply flawed, heroine Scarlett O’Hara, and the…

I’d Like to Thank…

Last night, along with 43 million other people, I watched the Oscars, an annual event for me.  I revel in the celebration of film and great performances, homages to Hollywood icons, and of course, the emotional acceptance speeches.  I’m a sucker for those even if I have no idea who the person is or what…

I am Cersei

I, like many people on social media in the last two weeks, have kept myself entertained by taking personality quizzes on Zimbio and Buzzfeed.  Answering questions like, “What do you do on a Saturday night?” and “What is your ideal quality in a mate?”  I’ve discovered I am similar to Severus Snape, Adele, and Princess…

For the Good of it All

This past Friday, the internet was taken over by a five-year-old superhero. The story of Miles Scott and his wish to be Batman was shared across every social network and followed closely by multiple news and entertainment websites. Thousands were there to cheer him on as he battled evil villains around Gotham City as his…

Home You Never Knew

A New York Times article recently reported that more and more children of US immigrants are pursuing their “American dreams” abroad. The article featured a handful of such cases, including children of Indian, Chinese, and Brazilian immigrants. In reading this piece I felt hopeful and optimistic. Everybody already knows the story of how America offers…