I came across a lovely article titled “The wistful weight of distance” by well-known Singapore journalist, Rohit Brijnath in the Straits Times last month, that captures the essence of the immigrant experience.

“..we live two lives. One here, the other in another time zone, divided by seas which we mentally sail every day.”

 How true! While many of us who live outside India may feel the tug of the homeland often, the pull is specially intense on festival days. Live sharing of photos and videos that are supposed to make you feel closer, may fan feelings of homesickness. No wonder so many NRIs try to make a trip home to coincide with festivals.

Today is Holi, the colorful, communal festival celebrated in India. Are you feeling homesick?

On this special day here is wishing you Happy Holi! Story Artisan Press has something exciting in store for you on this occasion. Stay tuned!

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RBG – A book, a movie and a documentary

“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” 

-Sarah Grimke

I completed the trio last night, having started first with the book “Notorious RBG – The life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” in December 2018. There is much to admire about this brilliant woman who attended Harvard Law school in the 1950s. Enduring a cancer diagnosis for her husband during their years at Harvard, working twice as hard to keep up with his school work and hers, while mothering a toddler, she ultimately earned her law degree from Columbia only to find that no law firm in New York would hire a woman lawyer.

The book provides details about her early life, the strong influence of her mother who dies when Ruth is seventeen and the support of husband, Marty and his parents, and their family life as a power couple among Washington’s elite.

The movie dramatizes the life of a young Ruth and focuses on the most important case that she wins, not just for herself but for all women who encountered discrimination, by using a shrewd strategy of using the case of a man who is discriminated against on the basis on gender to draw attention to the fact that drawing a ‘gender line’ hurts society as a whole, not just women.

The documentary has live interviews with Ginsburg and her family, photos and grainy videos of her early life but in every shot, one thing shines clearly, the power of this petite lady who, at age 86, continues to dazzle with her devotion to her work and her beliefs.

If you have time for just one, read the book, but if you want see how RBG’s life unfolds, watch the movie and the documentary. You will be inspired.

Baby Steps

With the launch of three ebooks on Amazon, Story Artisan Press took its first step last week. Thank you for your amazing response. With your spontaneous, positive feedback and good wishes, we look forward to bringing you more books soon.

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If My Mother Met Marie Kondo

Appeared in Straits Times Singapore on 3 March 2019.

Marie Kondo reminds me of my mom. Petite, photogenic Marie, with her perfect hair and business savvy is nothing like my pleasantly plump, saree-clad, stay-at-home mother. To paraphrase a cliché, Marie and Amma are as different as sushi and curry. What connects them, is a passion for tidying up.

When Marie walks into spacious American homes to help people sort through their cluttered living spaces, I am reminded of my childhood home in Mumbai, a sparsely furnished, tiny 550 sq ft apartment that housed my parents, two brothers and grandmother. Pure and simple lack of money, space and resources dictated our minimalistic lifestyle.

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What if

As a child, I spent most of my time reading – Amar Chitra Katha, Archie comics, Enid Blyton’s children’s books, Nancy Drew mysteries, Mills and Boon romances and plain old Reader’s Digest. Stories fascinated me, entertained me and kept me engaged. I loved being a reader.

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