My journey with Joyce

There's a story about my maternal grandmother, Mom-Mom, and it goes something like this. My grandmother was always an avid reader. Despite dropping out of school at an early age (10 or so) because reasons, she was a life-long and voracious reader. Like, reading is how I remember her. Often with a Penguin Classics edition … Continue reading My journey with Joyce

Review: Upstarts

Tell me if you've seen this movie before....
There are these 3 college friends. When the movie opens, your first thought is, "Arre, yaar, these guys are idiots." Then you see the girl. Because there is always a girl, isn't there? Naturally, things don't go well, the lovers are thwarted, and the friends end up standing at a train station that's supposed to be in UP, but strongly resembles a Mumbai local station. All before the opening credits. That's when you realize that you've guessed the wrong movie name. This movie is Netflix India's latest release Upstarts.

6 things I learned in 6 days at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at Penn

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my two years in Philly, it’s the Power of Penn. Inclusion. Innovation. Impact. These three words underline Penn’s commitment to the community through collaboration and creativity. For 25 years, The Netter Center for Community Partnerships has lived this mission by “building a movement for democracy and social change.” That movement includes the Center’s Nonprofit Institute under the direction of Associate Director Isabel Sampson-Mapp.

Of bullying and bread pudding: My visit to Le Virtù on Passyunk Avenue

Being bullied in school When I was in 8th grade, I was bullied by my friends. Strike that. Classmates *I thought* were my friends bullied me. The shift in voice from passive to active makes such a difference here, doesn’t it? It emphasizes the violent nature of the abuse. As is so often the case … Continue reading Of bullying and bread pudding: My visit to Le Virtù on Passyunk Avenue

What’s cooking with One Book, One Philadelphia this year?

One Book, One Philadelphia is my favorite Free Library of Philadelphia program. I love that the program builds community through reading. For two months every winter, Philly becomes one giant book club. The programming is as diverse as the city itself, ranging from traditional book discussions and author events to themed workshops and cooking classes. … Continue reading What’s cooking with One Book, One Philadelphia this year?