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

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 Purple Earrings

This morning, I had a severe panic attack because I could not find my favorite purple earrings. 🙂 But of course,  as you could guess, it wasn’t just about the earrings. So I figured I’d take this as an opportunity to reflect. For those who struggle with clinical depression, OCD or anxiety, or the related, Read More

Drawing Strength in Moments of Relapse

I went jogging outside for the first time this week since I returned from Pakistan and the first time this new year. Those who have read some of my posts in the past know that jogging outdoors is an important part of my “survival package.” This critical piece of my routine had been missing for Read More

The 2017 AFSP “Out of the Darkness” DC Community Walk

  Once again, in the third consecutive year, I am participating in The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk, in Washington, DC. Each year, there are over 40,000 people who die by suicide in the US. It is the  AFSP’s goal to reduce the annual suicide rate to 20 Read More