Start with You

A Letter to My Younger Self

Dear Priya-at-Fifteen, I can barely remember who you are anymore. But from what I do recall, there was much anxiety and uncertainty. You are going to accomplish great things in the next fifteen years that will shape who you will become. I’m happy to report that it’s all for the best! But I want to […] Read more…

Long Work Week

How to Conquer a Rough Week

I hate going for more than a week without posting. Last week was rough for me with work and I found myself exhausted and unmotivated all week. I was expecting hopeful news on the job front but was disappointed. Then there were some challenges at work that reminded me of how frustrating and lonely my […] Read more…

Divergent Paths

You Don’t Need to Get Married

I know I’ve focused my latest blogs on dating, but by no means am I trying to suggest that marriage and committed relationships should be anyone’s priority in life. While society has given an elevated status to wives and mothers for centuries, this trend has recently been changing quickly. It is now much easier for […] Read more…

Simple Scripts to Stand Up to Your Indian Parents

Photo by Alex Osterwalder Okay, here it is! Promised and delivered, scripts you can use as tools when communicating your unfavorable decisions to your family…or anyone, really. Hope you find it helpful! (The following is an excerpt from Emotional Blackmail by Susan Forward) Handling the Most Common Responses 1. Catastrophic predictions and threats When they […] Read more…

6 Lessons Learned from Surviving Grad School

So how exactly does The Grad School Series (I, II, III, IV and V) fit in with the purpose of this blog?! I don’t know many Indian-American women who pursued higher academic studies in fields that weren’t medicine, business or law. That’s probably because many have felt the strong family pressures to “color within the […] Read more…