Pink or Blue, Any One Will Do

About fifteen years ago, when I returned to India after spending a large chunk of my young adulthood in the USA, I was surprised to find that many things had changed but certain deep-rooted biases and prejudices still remained. Chief among them was the preference for male offspring. It wasn’t just my imagination that my daughter’s class had more boys than girls, but the 2001 census numbers confirmed my observations. I wrote about this in an essay, that didn’t see the light of day.

Much has been written about the recent news about abortion laws in the states of Alabama and Louisiana in the US, and it reminded me about my essay written all those years ago. I tweaked it to reflect my current thoughts and submitted it to Singapore Unbound, an online literary magazine. Read the full essay here: Pink or Blue, Any One Will Do.

What are your thoughts about abortion laws? Are there social issues close to your heart that make you angry, that make you write?

Jessica Witte.  Bull in a China Shop . Cast-glass preemie onesie with medical equipment (blood pressure cuff, neoprene straps, and orthotics) in a clear, locked velvet-lined cabinet (2013 - 2018).


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Story Artisan Press has been featured in Khabar, an Atlanta-based Indian American magazine. As a monthly print and digital magazine that provides listings of interest to the Indian community in the US, Khabar features articles by and about Indians engaged in a variety of enterprises. It was our pleasure to be approached by Poornima Apte, a reputed journalist, for the Talk Time segment of the June 2019 issue of Khabar. More details here.

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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