The Ultimate Brown Girl Power: “Good Girls Marry Doctors”

“Good Girls marry doctors, it’s true, especially in the Desi community. What, then, do Bad Girls do?” – Piyali Bhattacharya Women of color experience an array of challenges at varying levels in America, in diverse sectors, and in different elements of our social interactions. Women of color have been the center of the more recent Read More

Why I Run the UNRWA DC GAZA 5K…Take 4…

Today I ran in the GAZA 5K in Washington, DC! It was a privilege to be participating my 4th consecutive year in the DC run. Similar to the previous years, it was a beautiful experience. There were about 500 runners that raised over $160,000 for this critical cause! The Gaza 5K raises funds for community Read More

Surviving and Conquering Hate: Reflections on Arjun Sethi’s “American Hate”

“Speaking out is the most basic and vital form of resistance.” – Arjun Singh Sethi I spent some time reflecting on Arjun Sethi’s “American Hate: Survivors Speak Out,” which was published over a month ago. I also had the opportunity to hear Arjun speak about his book at the Politics and Prose in Washington, DC, Read More

I am just like you….

…I am just like you… As a kid, I was guilty of watching a lot of TV. There were six of us, so I won’t blame the rents for needing their space. Do you remember Full House, Saved by the Bell, Family Matters, Growing Pains, Step by Step, the Torkelsons, Doug, Are you Afraid of Read More

Islam and Mental Health: Fighting Stigma while Embracing God…

I’m no scholar of Islam. Although there was a time where I lived and breathed and walked and talked and drank and ate this religion (stealing Yusuf Islam’s words 😊 ) and a time that my greatest dream was to be a scholar of Human Rights in Islam. Dreams change, and sometimes they have to…. Read More

The Art in Hospitality: Paying Forward a Mother’s Gift…

One of the most beautiful things I learned from my parents is hospitality. And we don’t seem to genuinely appreciate how our parents teach us these important values until we grow older. That can be said of many things when it comes down to our parents. I consider my mother an artist in her own Read More