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Crested Gecko, Alisha No more


The reason I resisted having pets for a long time in the US, even though my children wanted a puppy, is that I had many heartbreaking experiences in the past. Losing your best pet is like losing one of your family members. I had witnessed my pet dogs died on me. It was absolutely heart-wrenching to watch them die followed by horrendous feelings that would … Continue reading Crested Gecko, Alisha No more

Cultural Shock – A Ratchet and Wrenches


“Sat-ya, can you get me 9/16 and 5/8 wrenches from the workshop and a set of sockets and a ratchet from the shop?” asked my boss thirteen years ago. Many English speakers get my name wrong. I guess it is easier for them to parse my name that way. Whatever! That day, I was helping him with fixing a snow plowing truck. It was my … Continue reading Cultural Shock – A Ratchet and Wrenches

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Farmer’s Outcry- Government’s Systemic Repression


This picture in the story is not of a communist China, or totalitarian state North Korea, theocratic Iran or Saudi Arabia, or autocratic African countries where the state confiscates the private properties of a political opponent. It is happening in Khokana – a little town of Newa: indigenous people group on the outskirt of the capital city in Nepal. The farmers were trying to till … Continue reading Farmer’s Outcry- Government’s Systemic Repression

You Look Fantastic!


I am not much of a writer but I occasionally try my hand at it. Today was one of those days where I wanted to pen down some reflections. Perhaps, because something repetitive has been happening to me. On several occasions, people I see daily or others who I have run into after years have mentioned things like- “Prasha, you look well!” “You look fantastic.” … Continue reading You Look Fantastic!

Bidding Farewell to Breastfeeding


It feels like I have been breastfeeding my children for at least a decade. It is kind of true, though. Pratya was barely two and a half years old when Saral was born. I breastfed Saral even until after Sasha was born and tandem breastfed the first couple of months even though my husband strongly encouraged me to completely wean Saral. Poor guy still sucks … Continue reading Bidding Farewell to Breastfeeding