Why Don’t I Have Indian Friends?

I’m still trying to figure it out. “You’re such a good girl,” one of my Indian-relatives told me, “you have a lot of sanskar, other Indian kids in America don’t have that.” “Just because I speak Hindi and identify as Hindu doesn’t mean I have more sanskar than other Indian-American kids,” I replied. “No beta,” […]

Not My Fault You Can’t Say It Right

Srivastava = Shree-vas-ta-va Respect. That’s all any of us want. Sure there is love, companionship, dogs and chocolate. But, respect is different from those things. It allows one to walk down the street without getting sexually harassed, threatened, and/or killed. Respect gives one confidence, joy, and happiness. Actually, fuck that. I think we all want […]

Being A Public Defender, Not A Princess

Twas the eve before Princess Nikita started her job. She didn’t lay in her canopy bed that resided at the castle. Instead, she laid in a different one with her mind drifting to anxious thoughts. These thoughts kept her up at night like those monsters under her bed when she was five years old. Princess […]

Friendships and Harassment: My Journey to Alamosa, Colorado

Starting a new chapter in your life can be overwhelming by itself. However, when surrounded by loved ones, it’s not as overwhelming. Naturally, I was very thrilled when my dad and two of our closet family friends decided to help me move to Alamosa, Colorado. My dad invited another one of his best friends who […]

Curing White Guilt

Spoiler alert: there may be no cure. Simply put, white guilt is the individual or collective guilt felt by some white people for harm resulting from racist treatment. With the current situation, many white people may be feeling an intense version of this guilt. While some may channel this guilt into productivity (such as educating […]

Ally

I will not stand in the way of justice. I will not be another obstacle or hurdle. I will not begin to say, “I know exactly what you’re going through,” or “this is true in all communities.” I will not compare our racisms. I will not diminish your experiences because they make me uncomfortable. I […]

Educate Yourself On Black Lives Matter

It’s not enough to say, “I voted for Obama,” or argue on Facebook. Not going to lie. Addressing privilege is the hardest task ever. But, addressing white privilege…is even worse especially when you’re a brown person criticizing that privilege. Before I begin, addressing white privilege is NOT AN ATTACK on the white race. It’s simply […]

Never Have I Ever: TV Show Review

I hope Ryan Reynolds will narrate my adolescence. Mindy Kaling and Lang Fischer decided to create a TV Show about an Indian-American teenager, Devi, and it was the best decision they ever made! Okay, so maybe I am biased because I am a huge Mindy fan. But, I love comedy television. I grew up on […]

I’m Always Exhausted

Fighting the good fight is exhausting. Being on the right side of justice isn’t enough to achieve justice. I have to work twice as hard then fight those who disagree with my definition of justice. It probably doesn’t help that I’m a minority woman fighting this fight. When I was 9 years old, my mother […]

Just Mercy: Book & Movie Review

Using our broken-ness to help others. If you haven’t already, please read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. If you’re not much of a reader, then watch the film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson. I will say that the book gives you a better insight into Mr. […]