If Retirement Isn’t For You, Retire From It

Many people, especially those in their late 50s or older, count down the days until retirement. It’s their reward for several decades of hard work, an opportunity to do whatever they want – sleep all morning, watch reruns of “Law & Order,” take a nice hot bath every other month. Having no boss is like […]

Help! We’ve Got Teenagers in the House!

About a decade ago, when my three children were all under 5, taking care of them seemed to be a constant challenge. We had to change diapers, survive countless tantrums, and struggle at the dining table to get them to eat anything healthful. When we complained to other parents, they expressed their sympathy with these […]

Rest in Peace, New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of the year again. Yes, it’s time to do what you always do at this time: write an obituary for your New Year’s resolutions. First, let me offer my condolences. I’m truly sorry for your loss. I can only imagine what sadness you must be feeling, having to go through almost an […]

You Really Shouldn’t Hug Your Dog

If you happen to be a dog owner, there’s one question I’d like to ask you: have you hugged your pooch lately? Hugging or cuddling dogs is something many pet owners like to do. Not me. No way. Forget about it. When I’m in a mood to give a hug, I usually go through a […]

The Pakistani Man who Flew the Indian Flag

A Pakistani man named Umar Draz was arrested recently for hoisting the Indian flag on his roof. According to a Reuters report, Draz has been charged under the Pakistan Penal Code and could face up to 10 years in prison for what police describe as an “anti-state” act and what I describe as a “cool-dude” […]

More Clothes in Our House? No Thanks

My younger daughter, Divya, wants to buy a sweater for a member of our household. This household member does not usually wear clothes around the house and doesn’t seem the least bit embarrassed about it. She is the only female in our house who routinely gets away with lying on her back in the middle […]

Chennai Residents Bounce Back From Floods

The floodwaters in Chennai have finally subsided, thankfully. Watching the TV news reports, all I could do was shake my head and wonder what it would be like to have so much rain that your entire city turns into a lake. I couldn’t imagine how people dealt with the water, so I decided to call […]

Giving a Boost to Donald Trump

It was a curious sight, three Mexican-American men standing outside the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., all wearing business suits and sombreros. José Rivera, the leader of the group, kept glancing at his watch, while Gabriel Santos and Miguel Avila looked at their phones. “Are you sure no one else is coming?” Rivera asked. […]

Please Don’t Give Me a Participation Trophy

A football player named James Harrison recently expressed his opposition to participation awards after his two sons, aged 6 and 8, returned home from a sports camp with trophies. “While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do . . . these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real […]

Someone Needs to Investigate the National Spelling Bee

The National Spelling Bee was once again won by not one but two Indian-American contestants. Yes, for the second year in a row, the world’s most popular spelling competition ended in a tie. The organizers exhausted all the words in the English language, even words borrowed from languages spoken in Latvia, Burundi, Mongolia, Papua New […]