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Midlife Moments : "Reflections from the Reference Desk"

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While deep in thought searching something up on my computer at the reference desk, I heard a voice say, “Angel!” Awaking from my reverie and collecting my senses, I asked the good looking man in front of me- “Are you looking for books on Angels?”

“No, you look like an angel”, he replied. I really do not like to flirt and I said a bit curtly, “I am here to help you with reference questions, do you have a question I can answer?” He stared at me in awe, shook his head and said, “Wow, professional too, a professional angel!” and to my dismay and his happiness, I burst out laughing and so did he. I do not know why I laughed but that is the most unique compliment I have ever got and this is a true story. (The good-looking part might be a stretch but everything else is real.) 

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Stree - "Three women and a train"

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Since childhood, I’ve been afraid of flying, a weakness I’m not proud of, but having said that as a possible side effect of this fear I’ve had some extremely interesting train journeys, many of which have been through the most circuitous routes possible. Many a times, these journeys have resulted in my meeting some of the most fascinating people; I might have otherwise never had the chance to observe. Indian Railways isn’t of course known to have the cleanest or the most secure of stations and trains, which leads to the added hassle that my family goes through every time I board a train. Thankfully the subtext of that fear does not always surface, allowing me to settle down into the journey pretty early on.

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Shuddh Shakahari Desi - "And Long Live the King"

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"Shudhh Shakahari Desi" is all about you and me: my exposure and experiences with your culture, your food, your language, your music blended in a humor curry of my own hopeless attempts to become you and my struggle to evolve as the sole epitome of National Integration, as I grew up and cultivated my own self embracing all of my nation in over 15 states in India. Am hoping you will find some of yourself with a bit of me strewn in here...

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Shuddh Shakahari Desi - "The Bong Connection"

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"Shudhh Shakahari Desi" is all about you and me: my exposure and experiences with your culture, your food, your language, your music blended in a humor curry of my own hopeless attempts to become you and my struggle to evolve as the sole epitome of National Integration, as I grew up and cultivated my own self embracing all of my nation in over 15 states in

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Stree - "Silent Seekers"

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Throughout my school life I was a wallflower, the eternal introvert, the one aspect that gave me tremendous solace through this lonely journey was watching people. People carry friends through their lives, I carried curiosity and innumerable nameless faces who have enfolded their stories in front of me. Most of these are stories maybe those without consequence, and yet as any writer/observer will tell you in the right hands and mind every inconsequential story has shape, scent and flavor and in the end it is always what YOU see and how you see, that matters more that what is shown. 

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Midlife Moments : Laughter and Tears

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Years ago, fresh out of college, I applied for a job at the local library. It was the ideal location and the job requirements were a perfect fit for my qualifications. I was eager to start working, putting my knowledge to good use and earning some money after spending exorbitantly on my education at graduate school here in America. Imagine my over the top excitement when I got the interview call and my enthusiasm when the interview went well (or so I thought!) I got emotionally attached to the job, dreaming about buying a new wardrobe of work clothes, the kinds of library programs I could offer, how I would spend my first salary and so on and so forth.

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Midlife Moments: Of Bikers, Blondes and More...

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Few years ago, when my daughter was in preschool and my son was a few months old, I was making my usual morning drive to drop my little girl to school with her baby brother tucked away in his car seat. It was one of those mornings when we had overslept, so it was a mad scramble trying to get her dressed, pack her lunch and then take off with the baby and her. I did make it to her school on time but Arjun dirtied his diaper big time on the way. On reaching the school I realized that I did not have his diaper bag and therefore I did not have wipes or a diaper.

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Midlife Moments: I am not Mrs. Patel

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I was watching an episode of Last Comic Standing recently and a joke said by an African American female comic struck a chord with me. Kimberly Clark, a young and upcoming comedian said, “There were two Black kids in my school. Me and Keisha. Or as everyone called me- Oops I thought you were Keisha!” I laughed uproariously at this joke as it reminded me that very often people of one race think that all people of the other race look the same.

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Midlife Moments : Musings, Mantras and Mindfulness

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The first time I realized I am getting middle-aged and probably carrying more flab in my midsection than I should is when on a trip to India a young street vendor said to me: “Auntie, can you buy some flowers?” and I was traumatized because the last time I visited they had addressed me as didi (older sister) and an older sister looks considerably younger than your aunt! So, back in America, where thankfully people do not make you their family members instantly, I joined a Zumba class.

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This Moment is your Life - "Well-Wishers and Wedding Proposals"

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Ever had to deal with hypocrites??  I have. And I have found them to be lacking in logic. Terribly so.  

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