Food for the Heart and Soul

The Contents


We are so much richer when we bond with people of various races, colors and backgrounds. When we don’t judge or reject people because they are different, we open ourselves to being deeply enriched.

How to Make Bombay Toast

Introduction Nothing signals family holidays as much to me, as breakfasts and brunches. My mother would always make sure that holiday meals, including breakfasts, were extra special. The food had to feel celebratory. Easter food was no exception to the rule. And that is why I am sharing this now. Breakfast and Brunch My husband […]

Violent Racism And Seniors

Introduction I sit down to write this with a heavy heart. I have been carrying this tremendous sadness around with me for a few weeks. Many times during this period, I tried to pen my thoughts regarding this particular heaviness. My sadness is about senior citizens. But words escaped me. I am going to try […]

How to Embrace Change

Introduction My first career mentor was incredibly well-read and a real visionary. He was a jurist and a lawyer. I was in my mid-twenties when I got to work for him. He introduced me to the idea that change is the only constant in the world. That we need to accept change as a real […]

Love and Commitment

Introduction I remember the love letters my father and mother exchanged. My parents wrote them in our native South Asian (Indian) language. I could not read a word of that language but I saw them pass those notes to each other. They shared a secret code. My father called my mother his ‘girl’ until well […]

How to Deal with Gossip

Introduction I look back to my first marriage and the problems I faced, and one of the things I remember, is particularly troubling. I remember the gossip and false rumors that flew about. The Spectrum of Gossip So, what do I mean by ‘gossip’ on the spectrum of discussions about other people? It is […]

Being You

Introduction What would you say if I told you that you are good enough? How would you respond if I asked you to stop listening to the critics in your head? You know what I am talking about. The Critics and You There is a chorus, a team, an entire band of naysayers, who point […]

How to Make a Roast Chicken, Butterflied

Introduction There is something I must tell you. It has to do with recipes. I don’t share a recipe with you unless I truly believe in its intrinsic value. What do I mean by this? Take this roast chicken, for example. I like that it produces several servings with very little stove time. What is […]

A Marriage Without Love

Introduction I remember I was sitting on the bus. It was a hot, humid afternoon. Suddenly, without warning, tears started running down my cheeks. I am almost certain that the bus was filled with passengers. I was in busy, crowded Singapore. But I guess I hadn’t been able to control the eruption of tears. I […]

Acceptance, Respect and Understanding

“Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.”  Desmond Tutu Introduction My parents were about to face an empty nest and the freedom to travel, experience and develop an awareness of new cultures. All this should have taken place in a few […]


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